PowerBook G4s Trickling to Customers -- Apple has begun shipping PowerBook G4 Titanium machines to eager customers, though nailing down shipping dates has been difficult. Around 22-Jan-01 Apple was telling customers that PowerBooks would be shipped 45 days from the date of the order; previously, Apple had been quoting 21 or 30 days for shipment. However, last week many customers received their PowerBooks, based on when orders were placed. Apple is apparently shipping units directly from the manufacturer in Taiwan in order to get PowerBooks into customers' hands and keep Steve Jobs's Macworld Expo promise that the computers would begin shipping at the end of January. This is encouraging news, since one of Apple's weaknesses in recent years has been the inability to keep up with initial demand for newly announced products (see "PowerBook Titanium Burns Bright" in TidBITS-563). [JLC]
Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard
In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.
- PowerBook G4 Titanium Burns Bright (15 Jan 01)