First Impression: A MacBook?

Apple’s announced its first Intel-based computers at the MacWorld Expo. The computers include an upgraded iMac at the same price and a MacBook Pro. I’m impressed by the announced specs for the MacBook, but the name leaves something to be desired.

On first blush, the name “MacBook” doesn’t seem to roll over the tongue. It seems less sexy or impressive than “Powerbook” or even “iBook.” I don’t know why Apple wants to abandon the Powerbook name. Aside from some gaffes with the first Power PC-based ‘books (silly overheating batteries), Powerbook has had a pretty strong reputation for more than 10 years.

Time will tell if “MacBook” will catch on, but I wonder if it’s the best name out there.

  • Ryan Olson

    hey my name is ryan olson and i live in Michigan also. hmm….interseting?

  • Ryan

    Hey there. What part of Michigan do you live? I lived in Hancock on the Upper Peninsula until about a year ago. I currently living in California.

    It’s a small world. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s, like, 50 thousand of us Ryan Olsons in the world. There was actually another Ryan Olson in Hancock although he was a popular young hockey player (I’m sadly not).

    Thanks for writing. Let me know if you have a blog or something. I like to keep tabs on people with the same name as mine.

    – Ryan