Apple’s announcement of the MacBook is well-timed for us. Our seven language teachers are due to have their iBook G3s replaced this summer, according to our three-year laptop replacement cycle. We only bought three iBook G4s last summer to accommodate new faculty members. Last time, the language teachers received machines at the end of the cycle. This time, they will be on the leading edge! Jim Heynderickx (hey, that’s the first time I spelled it correctly from memory!) now has a dilemma on his hands. We are in a safer position, only risking the purchase of seven new machines on this first-generation hardware. I wonder what proportion of Catlin Gabel ninth grade students will buy Apple?
Apple claims that the new machines are five times as fast as the iBook G4. Of course, we remember Apple’s checkered history of performance promises, don’t we!
I like that the MacBook is available in black. I will probably still buy white.
If the language teachers desire, we should be able to install Windows on these Macs as well. Our Microsoft education license agreement already requires us to count Macs in our total that we submit each year.