Dean Takahashi has written an article for the Mercury News/SiliconValley.com about possible plans for Apple and Intel, specifically in regards to Intel’s new platform and CPUs coming out next month. As the article mentions, the new platform and CPUs represent the biggest upgrade laptops/notebooks in the past few years. Even if they don’t make their way into Apple’s initial Intel-based Mac offerings, you should see more than a few ultraportables sporting the new CPUs.
Last week, PC World announced their Reliability and Service: The Best Companies to Buy From Awards/Survey (covering 35,000 PC World readers). In the notebook category, Lenovo/IBM and Apple stayed at the top for the second year in a row, with Sony improving over last year. One peculiar thing they noted – HP-branded laptops scored higher than Compaq-branded laptops, even though they are the same company.
NEC has announced the NEC PC Parafield, currently only available in Japan. It’s a 12.1-inch ultraportable with a Pentium M 1.73GHz processor, and most importantly – no Hard Drive – it stores the Operating System (OS) and applications in 3GB of flash ROM, and has an additional 512MB of RAM for system/application memory. As far as we know, there are no others with this kind of setup, currently available.
If you are interested in how Apple brought the PowerBook to market, and how it reigned supreme from 1991 until 1995, you might want to read this article from Low End Mac.