We’ve heard a rumor from the illustrious Pythaeus that the LaserWriter IIf and IIg will soon ship with more memory, standard. My spec sheets claim that the IIf ships with 2 MB and the IIg with 5 MB, but there have been rumblings from early purchasers that 2 MB in particular is just not enough, especially when printing legal size pages or pages with complicated graphics. Apparently, the low-memory symptom will often appear as a PostScript error, which might also imply something wrong with the document or printer driver, thus making the issue even harder to diagnose.
We have no word on whether or not existing printers will be retrofitted with extra memory in the US, and there is conflicting evidence. When the IIsi went to 3 MB standard, 2 MB machines were not upgraded. However, in the UK there is currently a free upgrade program that will take a IIf to 4 MB and a IIg to 8 MB. The upgrade is not advertised, but dealers should have known about it since a service note dated the 10th of February explained the situation. Again, this upgrade is only in the UK.
In other non-US news, we’ve heard that Apple Canada is running a special deal through March 31st in which you can get a PowerBook 100 bundled with Salient’s AutoDoubler for a mere $1799 list. I have absolutely no idea how expensive the PowerBook 100 normally is in Canada, and AutoDoubler certainly isn’t that expensive ($45 mail order), but it seemed worth mentioning for our Canadian readers.
Oh, if anyone wishes to contribute information or rumors anonymously (and I always honor such requests in mail I personally get), send it to [email protected] and Pythaeus will check it out for inclusion in an issue.
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