While wags on the Web labelled Apple's new iBook laptop a "translucent takeaway burger" on its launch last week, analysts are waiting to see what impact it will make on the market.
"The desktop iMac version really surprised everybody with its runaway success, but the laptop is less predictable," Christian Munz, senior research analyst at IDC, told PC Week. "The design is fun, but with laptops it's the price that really counts."
"I had a good play on it at the recent MacWorld convention, and it really is impressive," enthused Jon Mason, a freelance designer. "It was certainly the hottest item at the show, and everyone was talking about it."
The iBook offers six hours of battery life, a 300MHz G3 PowerPC chip, but only 32Mb of RAM. It has a built-in 56Kb modem and optional wireless 10/100BASE-T Ethernet networking (dubbed the AirPort). It has a 12.1in TFT display.
As with the desktop iMac, the iBook's design allows the user to glimpse its internal workings.
The iBook will be available in the UK from September for about £1,000.
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