Slave to marketing
Well, in a stunning display of lack-of-willpower, I just ordered a brand new MacBook Pro* from the Apple Store. I got the 1.67gHz model, and I'll upgrade the RAM on my own. I'm stoked. I've been using my Powerbook a lot more than I ever thought I would, and the thought of getting a 4x speed increase is too incredible to pass up.
And the iSight in the bezel — how cool is that? I just got my Mom a regular iSight, so we're all about the video chats now. And this will make it even easier.
Seriously, this is the best "one-more-thing" that Steve has had in a long time. Everyone was predicting new iBooks instead, so this rocks.
As some of you may remember, I just bought a new PowerBook in September, so I'll be looking to sell that as soon as the new one arrives (supposed to be shipping in February). My old Powerbook is a 15" a with 1.67gHz G4 processor and 2gb of RAM. It's actually a really nice machine, and feels reasonably fast. I've been able to do a little java development with IDEA and some Photoshop work on it without too much discomfort. It's still under Applecare, too. If anyone is interested, let me know.
* In this whole announcement, I think that the name-change was the only bad news. PowerBook is a great name with a long history and it just sounds cool. MacBook Pro sounds really clunky. I think people will be calling them PowerBooks for a long time to come.