2003: My first high-end Apple laptop, a titanium PowerBook G4/867.
2011: Bought a 13" MacBook Pro to complement my ailing G5 and TiBook.
2003: $2950 before tax. GAH. Includes AirPort card, 768MB RAM and stock 40GB 4200RPM hard disk.
2011: $1374 before tax. 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD.
2003: 1280x854. Dim.
2011: 1280x800. Thankfully, the LED backlighting won't decay as quickly...
2003: Even when brand new, a G4/867MHz felt pretty sluggish under OS X.
2011: Dual core "Sandy Bridge" i5 at 2.3GHz. Teamed up with the SSD, this thing feels insanely fast and rivals the first-gen Mac Pro on my desk at work... which doesn't feel slow... yet.
2003: Wow, TiBooks are as fragile as they are beautiful. "DON'T TOUCH THE PAINT!!!!! DON'T DO THAT TO THE SCREEN!!!!"
2011: Unibody machines feel sturdy and roadworthy. Thanks, Apple.
2004: 5400RPM 2.5" EIDE drives appear. Wow, I can boot in 45 seconds instead of 2 minutes!
2011: Even the not-particularly-cutting-edge Toshiba SSD can do a cold boot to my OS X desktop in 14 seconds. Did I mention this thing is _fast_?
2003: Built-in combo drive. Cool! I couldn't afford the combo drive on my iBook. Too bad I never watch movies.
2011: Oh, there's a DVD burner in this thing? Hmmm... who still uses DVDs? Maybe I'll stick another SSD in the optical bay. (OKOKOK, I _do_ archive data to DVDs a few times a year.)
2003: Constantly worrying about accidentally leaving permanent scuff marks on the screen.
2011: Constantly worrying about accidentally leaving temporary sneeze marks on the screen's glass finish.
2003: Went out and bought my first wireless access point to go with my AirPort card.
2011: Have to go out and buy a new wireless router because the Broadcom chipset in the Unibody MBPs is known to make the Broadcom chipsets in many popular older routers randomly reboot. Go figure. This is particularly annoying when you're videoconferencing with someone. So far my record is twelve wifi dropouts in a single day.