One of Apple Computer’s key new products – the low cost consumer PowerBook, or P1 – could be shelved because of serious design problems.
Sources say top Apple executives met last week to vote on the fate of the notebook PC: whether it should be delayed, or scrapped altogether.
The P1 is widely expected to be to the laptop what the iMac was to the desktop – cute and friendly on the outside and powerful on the inside. It is expected to sport a colored plastic case similar to the iMac and have a 300MHz or 333Mhz G3 processor inside.
But sources say engineers recently discovered a problem with the P1’s ASICs that will prevent it from being introduced at the upcoming summer MacWorld Expo in New York.
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