OT – New Hardware From Apple

I try to keep my weblog pretty relevant, but sometimes I can’t resist the occasional off-topic post, especially when it has to do with Apple. In case you haven’t heard, Apple released a new line of PowerBooks this morning, along with new iPods (20GB and 40GB) and a new wireless (Bluetooth) keyboard and mouse.

The PowerBooks are what really caught my eye. They have finally released an updated 15″ model with all of the benefits of the new 17″ and 12″ models. 15″ PowerBook users can now get built-in Bluetooth, a backlit keyboard, FireWire 800, USB 2.0, and an improved form-factor that shifts all the ports to the side rather than the back. Of course, you can also get a 1.25GHz PowerPC chip, which is a pretty significant (and much-needed) speed boost.

I’m a 15″ fan myself. I like the 12″ model, but the resolution is only 1024×768, which is fine for traveling, but seems a little small for everyday use. The 17″ model is very impressive and would be great for everyday use, but seems a little big for traveling (you are hard-pressed to open up anything larger than a Gameboy Advance on a JetBlue flight). Anyway, they are all cool, and all tempting since I’m using an “old” 15″ PowerBook, which, until this morning, was top of the line. It’s amazing how quickly the world can change overnight.

What’s your development machine of choice?