Macworld Crowds Hail New PowerBooks
Apple's surprise PowerBook announcements get high marks for design as Macworld Expo attendees weigh their prospects in the market.SAN FRANCISCOThe enthusiastic reception afforded Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs Macworld Expo surprise keynote announcement of dramatic new PowerBook portables echoed across the show floor at Moscone Center here. Mac enthusiasts of every stripe voiced their excitement over the engineering of the new 17- and 12-inch professional models, even as some voiced a more cautious note about the new systems sales prospects. According to Ruben Jeffries-BlaqueSmith, a technical consultant based in Calif., "I personally loved the 12-inch [PowerBook], because its compact and full of power. But as far as sales go, I see the 17-inch [PowerBook] has a lot of use to certain professionals" in creative fields.
Naomi Pearce, principal with Pearce Communications, a public relations firm in Albany, Calif., agreed that content creators will go for the higher-end model.