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Jennifer Milne Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
For someone purchasing their first personal computer and needing it for email and internet usage primarily...is there a definite benefit to getting the new MacBook over the iBook G4? I have the iBook G4 and it meets all my needs and I am more computer savvy than she is...but I still wanted to get additional input to pass along to her.

Thanks!!

iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • CD5VS Level 4 Level 4 (1,355 points)
    Unless you are planning to buy a used iBook on eBay or from a reseller, you can not buy one anymore. As of today, you can only get Macbooks from Apple. So you do not need to worry anymore about deciding, you ALMOST (please note the emphasis on ALMOST) have no option.

    The iBook would have been more than enough, the Macbook would be more than enough also.
  • Jonesy Level 4 Level 4 (2,340 points)
    Only the macbook dosen't run classic for those who may need it.
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,920 points)
    You may still be able to buy a new iBook from resellers or online vendors.

    I just got a catalog in the mail yesterday from MacConnection, and the iBook was still listed in it.

    If you don't need Classic support, those new MacBooks look really nice. I think the MagSafe adapter, the built-in iSight camera, the bigger hard drive, larger display, and remote control make the MacBook worth the difference in price.
  • Big Joe Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
    If you use Education discount, I believed that some universities have their own custom Apple Store. As alumni in University of Hawaii, I checked Apple products and they still have an iBookG4(1.42GHz, 14inch) for $999.00 and PBG4(12inch, 1.5GHz) for $1,099.00, but every university has different lists. I'm thinking about selling my iBook and buy this cheap PBG4...lol... So it's better to check your school's bookstore or Apple Education Store online for better deals.

    iBook 1.42GHz   Mac OS X (10.4.5)  
  • Harmonize Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have both. You can still get an Ibook G4 on some websites. It depends on what you can afford. There's nothing wrong with either the Ibook G4 or Macbook. There both satisfying; But if you want something faster, that has more memory and such a macbook is certainly the one to buy.
  • donv (The Ghost) Level 5 Level 5 (4,600 points)
    Without mentioning topics that don't seem pertinent to you, I think the only issue you need to deal with is price. I would compare the prices of roughly comparable machines knowing full well that either would do want is desired. Then, the decision becomes whether it is worth the price difference to have the latest and greatest or not. If I thought the price difference was insignificant, or at least tolerable, then I'd go with the newest machiine--and get AppleCare regardless of which machine I ended up with. If you want a G4, then you may need to do some shopping around. I saw yesterday that at least Fry's still has some. Happy deciding.
  • Luciano Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Did you consider the cons of this new macbook?

    - heat, lot of people complaining
    - glossy screen, big issue
    - lot of universal applications are not still ready

    I don't know what I would do if I were buying a new notebook, but I'm not planning to upgrade my ibook g4.

    Good luck.
  • Imarsz Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I have both too. It does comes down to the price; if your willing to pay that much. Both are exceptional I recommend either one. My Macbook heats up sometimes but it's not causing any problem to me. It's all fine! and the glossy screen is perfection. but keep in mind that the Macbook just came out there are going to be complications with it unless your one of the lucky ones that gets a perfect Macbook!

    Macbook/Ibook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.6)   1.83Ghz intel Core Duo, 512ram, 60hd
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,920 points)
    the Macbook just came out there are going to be complications with it unless your one of the lucky ones that gets a perfect Macbook!

    While it is true that sometimes there are some bugs to be worked out of a new model, it is also true that the vast majority of people are the ones who are going to be getting a perfect MacBook. It will be a few unlucky ones who don't get a perfect MacBook.

    For me, the bigger hard drive, alone, is worth the price difference (not to mention the MagSafe adapter). But I'm not sure I'm ready to give up Classic yet. (There are third-party solutions to that problem on the horizon, however.)

    Having just bought my iBook G4, I'm in no hurry to rush out and buy a MacBook. But I'd REALLY like to have one of them. Maybe when Leopard comes out?
  • Tecbim Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I'm in exactly the same situation, but kinda opposite. I bought a Macbook and wanted an Ibook originally. After purchase although loving my MB I felt that maybe I didn't need all the extra specs but definetly the MB if you want to future proof the laptop a bit as very soon the Ibook will be a discontinued item.

    The price difference is not big at all and for that you definetly get your money's worth. I think that the MB is the best value for money that Apple has released for awhile, however, I did want a 12" screen so that was definetly a sacrifice.

    Macbook   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • Tecbim Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I think the only issue you need to deal with
    is price. I would compare the prices of roughly
    comparable machines knowing full well that either
    would do want is desired. Then, the decision becomes
    whether it is worth the price difference to have the
    latest and greatest or not.


    What do you think if the price difference became $550? Ibook being obviously $550 CHEAPER than what the MB is selling for? Actually it's $650 but if I am to sell my MB I would need to at LEAST sell it for $100 cheaper for anyone to be particularly attractive to the offer. Thoughts?
  • tsvisser Level 3 Level 3 (755 points)
    also consider that the MacBook is significantly faster than the iBook, which is a luxury not a necessity if you are running productivity and messaging software. built in iSight in addition to a built in mic great for iChat or the soon to be released video Skype for Mac.

    my vote would be to go for a MacBook. you should be able to get 4 to 7 years of life out of it depending on how you care for it. the PPC versions are, quite frankly, soon going bye bye. developers obviously will be embracing Intel Macs, so hopefully universal binaries will be the default for awhile, but this won't always be so.
  • Steven Korzen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    you can always buy a refurbished ibook. the prices aren't that bad, and people said that the refurbished apple products come out almost like new. I'm going to be getting a refurbished ibook over the summer (the 12-inch 1.33GHz one)
  • tharitwal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    i think you can still get an ibook through apple in their education store. it shows up when i access it.
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