New Apple laptops in early 2006

There's no official confirmation (and nor will there be until the day of the launch), but it looks likely that a line of redesigned, Intel PowerBooks

There's no official confirmation (and nor will there be until the day of the launch), but it looks likely that a line of redesigned, Intel PowerBooks and iBooks will be launched by Spring 2006.

The rumours from 'extremely reliable sources' cited by Apple Insider bring exciting details too.

The PowerBooks and iBooks will be the first Macs to contain the new Intel chips following Apple's switch from PowerPC tech, but the most interesting change could well be aesthetic.

Apparently, there'll be widescreen 13in and 15in models first, which will be 25% thinner than the current model (above right). That would make the 15in model a sleek 2cm thick.

The sources say that an updated 17in widescreen version will then be introduced a few months later.

On the iBook front, a new Intel-equipped widescreen version is expected and may be announced at the same time as the PowerBooks.

The final expected feature for both lines is an integrated Apple iSight video camera (as seen on the new iMac) and some bundled Photo Booth software, which will let you videocall with ease and manage your photo archive.

Stuff will of course be at the launch armed with our trusty, 3G-carded laptop reporting the official news by the second. What we can say now, though, is that a faster, thinner and lighter PowerBook will be very hard to resist. And we'll shoot our bank managers if they get in the way. 

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