“Claims that Apple is updating its 15.2in PowerBook was strengthened today when sources said the company has signed Taiwanese notebook manufacturer Compal to produce just such a machine. The sources, cited by DigiTimes, say Compal will start shipping 15.4in PowerBooks in the second half of the year,” reports The Register.
“Compal is a logical choice for the Mac’s production. It already produces 15.4in wide-screen laptops for Dell and HP, making it the leading manufacturer of notebooks with this screen form-factor. And it already has a relationship with Apple, producing the 17in PowerBook. Taiwanese manufacturers Quanta and Asustek are currently manufacturing the 15in and 12in models, respectively,” The Register reports.
“DigiTimes’ sources don’t specify which processor the computer will use, however, so there’s little here to settle whether it will be powered by IBM’s upcoming 64-bit PowerPC 970, Motorola’s upcoming MPC7457, or even an anticipated G3-class CPU with AltiVec, also from IBM,” reports The Register.
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MacDailyNews Take: Regardless of this rumor, we think we’ll see the 15.4-inch Aluminum PowerBook sooner rather than later. Of course, in a bit over two weeks from now, it’ll already be the “second half” of 2003.