“It’s possible to mistake Apple Computer’s new 12-inch PowerBook G4 for its own manual — the foam envelope that protects the laptop in the box is only a little longer and wider than the plastic pouch for the documentation. About 11 inches wide, 85/8 inches deep and less than a quarter-inch thick, this PowerBook is the smallest laptop Apple has ever built, and at 4.6 pounds it’s almost its lightest. A laptop small enough to tuck into an interoffice envelope is no longer unusual. But normally, it costs a lot extra or requires detaching a separate optical drive or expansion module. The 12-inch PowerBook, on the other hand, provides the capabilities of a desktop at $1,799 or $1,999, depending on configuration,” writes Rob Pegoraro the (Feb. 9) Sunday edition of The Washington Post.
“The PowerBook ships with Mac OS X… and little else. Apple has preinstalled some graphics tools and includes a CD of Intuit’s QuickBooks 5, but that’s it — there’s no Quicken or AppleWorks, let alone Microsoft Office,” Pegoraro writes.
Inexplicably, he completely overlooked iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, Safari, iSync, iCal, iChat, Mail, iDVD (SuperDrive-equipped model only), FAXstf, TextEdit, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, Preview, and more. Otherwise, a worthy review of the 12″ PowerBook here.