Grape vine: PowerBook G5 has AT&T Wireless web capabilities built in! (90% Reliability)
During that excruciatingly painful trip to Boston, your favorite rumormongers ran smack into a Mobile Quickie Mart, but later into a Prototype of Apple's new PowerBook G5! (See yesterdays report for specs). Boy are we juiced up like monkeys for this bad boy and have saved the last scoop for you today.
You are hearing it first right here on Rumors, Apple is very very secretly partnering with AT&T to include a AT&T wireless technology in the PowerBook G4 that will give you the advanced power of the AT&T Wireless GPRS/EDGE network built on GSM. The network is by no small means a very fast one, but business types like ourselves on the go will overwhelmingly bow at its presence on an Apple laptop.
We should stress that the development of the new PowerBooks are very much ongoing, and the Mac rumormongering world is very much at a point presently where many things (notably the yields of PPC 970FX processors upon which Xserve G5s and new PowerMacs depend) remain very murky. Please do keep your grains of salt handy for the time being; we do not expect to be able to accurately extrapolate many things long-term until a few Months, and iPod minis actually ship and we can gauge IBM's ability to stay on-course with its future PPC 9xx processors.
According to festerers at the roots of the grape vine Apple and ATT will have a special data package available for Mac users who choose to buy a plan. One source, a very good friend of your head-hancho Ryan, and a sister in law to another Rumors staff member, says the deal on Mac users plates will be 50MB a month of bandwidth for $29.95. (Reliability 79%).
If the new G5 PowerBook users are animals and go over 50 MB they will have to pay $0.0127 per additional KB, the grape vine said.
All in all, we are now on our way back from the Macworld show and boy was it a Yawner. By the time we got their yesterday, some exhibitors had already packed up and left. We attempted to visit the Apple Store in Boston, but for some reason we could not find it.
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