The Macintosh community was as giddy as a little girl today as rumor spread that Apple will deliver Intel-based iBooks at Macworld San Francisco in early January.
This revelation came as a pleasant surprise as the company had previously set expectations that Intel-based Macs would not be arriving until the second quarter of 2006.
But analysts and many inside the company have worried that Intel-based iBooks will cannibalize sales of moribund PowerPC-based PowerBooks until such time as Apple’s pro line also switches processors.
To prevent this, the company has had to take some unusual measures in the design of the Intel-based iBook that would give the PowerBook a competitive advantage for pro users.
“Upon booting, a source told Crazy Apple Rumors Site, “a series of razor-sharp steel spikes will spring from the machine, instantly killing the user.”
According to the source, only pro users check for this kind of thing.
“Consumer users will usually just pick a laptop up, sort of heft it in their hands, turn it over as if looking for obvious flaws such as great gaping holes in the bottom indicating a total lack of innards… possibly lick it… but they won’t look for deadly traps.
“That’s what makes the pro user a pro.”
Analysts praised the move as a master stroke.
“Apple has killed two birds with one stone,” said the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg. “Or one pointy spike, if you will. The company will have delivered Intel-based Macs ahead of schedule without damaging sales of non-Intel-based machines.
“And… yes, it will have also killed a whole bunch of customers. But you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
“Unless you buy those low-cholesterol egg substitutes that come in a carton. And, you know, if you put enough butter and cheese in the omelet, you can hardly tell you used low-cholesterol eggs.”