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New poll posted on Apple hardware surprises at Expo
Authored by: rbsandkam on Dec 10, '08 09:47:57PM

A 12" PowerBook G4 recently made its way back into our support department, and using it for the last week to run around campus and test things has done nothing but reinforce my complete and total desire for Apple to bring back this form factor.

I like my MacBook, and there is no doubt that the MacBook Air is an amazing piece of technology, but they just aren't the same thing as the overall compactness of the 12" PowerBook G4. It is truly a pleasure to hold in my hand (which I can do, while typing with the other - try that with a MacBook).

Neither would be my preference, but I would be willing to give up the optical drive and go to a widescreen aspect ratio if Apple feels these things are necessary to cover as many market segments as it can with a single device. Just stop pretending that the MacBook and MacBook Air are the answer for people who want truly compact portability. I am not talking about weight, I am talking about compactness.

Sure, this device will steal some sales of the other portable product lines. But, in the balance Apple will sell just as many computers. Probably more, since they will be adding a product segment that is definitely lacking from their lineup.

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