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  • 15. Re: 15" Powerbook or 14" iBook?
    Thom F. Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    Well, listing it this way, I really don't have a need for any of those extras though the backlit keyboard would be nice. What might sell me on the powerbook line is the slightyly faster processor and the 64 mb of vram. It looks like the 15" PB may be a little too pricey, even for a refurbished model. I am also considering a 12" PB which I can get for the same price as a 14" iBook. What it comes down to is the size of the screen. I currently have a 12" iBook but I am thinking that a 14" screen may be better. Thanks for your advice.

    Thom
  • 16. Re: 15" Powerbook or 14" iBook?
    w4rmk Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    If you read the "Minimum System Requirements" on this page: http://www.apple.com/aperture/specs.html

    You will see that the only Mac's with G4 processors that will run Aperture are: 15- or 17-inch PowerBook G4 with a 1.25 GHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor.

    The 12" version has a different video card than the 15" and 17" models. Apparently Apple did not feel that the 12" video card was up to the task. As a side note there are a few articles floating around the Aperture message boards telling how to get around the installation checker to get Aperture to run on the 12" PB and iBooks. Even though this might work you are still running it on unsupported hardware and could be out of luck in future version upgrades.

    I think Apple software engineers realized that they needed to allow Aperture to run on their Powerbooks because so many photographers use them in the field. I think they also settled on a compromise that most professional's have gone for the 15" or 17" models. Just a guess on my part of course.
  • 17. Re: 15" Powerbook or 14" iBook?
    cyrilchermin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Got both (well actually sold my ibook to get a PB) and the screen makes all the difference... i just wish i bought the PB (despite all the bad credits it's getting) sooner
  • 18. Re: 15" Powerbook or 14" iBook?
    iSMH Level 5 Level 5 (4,310 points)
    I currently have a 12" iBook but I am thinking that a 14" screen may be better.

    Same number of pixels on both of those screens - the 14 has bigger ones. Makes for a funky display, IMHO.

    iSMH
  • 19. Re: 15" Powerbook or 14" iBook?
    Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,690 points)
    I'm a "more pixels" guy myself, but for older people or people with eyesight challenges, "bigger pixels" is often better than "more pixels." I've got an older neighbor with the resolution cranked down on her LCD for that reason. She prefers the bigger pixels even though it's a little fuzzier. On the 14" iBook, 1024x768 is native, so it won't be fuzzy. 1024x768 is not a whole lot of pixels these days, though.
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