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Apple Beefs Up Portables

PowerBook Titanium hits 667 MHz By Dave Nagel
In a move nobody really expected, Apple today announced a new lineup of PowerBooks and iBooks. The PowerBook Titanium models now boast faster processors (up to 667 MHz), faster busses, faster graphics and other enhancements. The iBooks also receive faster processors (up to 600 MHz G3s), faster busses and lower prices.

On the PowerBook front, there are now two models. The 667 MHz PowerBook, which sells for $2,999, includes a 133 MHz system bus, 256 MB RAM, a 30 GB Ultra ATA/66 drive; and a pre-installed AirPort card with integrated antennae. The other model is a 550 MHz portable that comes with a 100 MHz system bus, 128 MB RAM, a 20 GB hard drive and integrated AirPort antennae, but not a pre-installed card. It sells for $2,199. Both models have a 256K on chip level-2 cache; slot-loading DVD-ROM orr CD-RW; ATI Mobility Radeon graphics with AGP 4x and 16 MB DDR video memory; gigabit Ethernet; a new power adapter and USB, FireWire, VGA and S-video ports.

Both models come with OS X 10.1 and 9.2.1 installed. For a limited time, both models will come with double the normal RAM. More information about this can be found at

The new iBooks are now available in three base configurations. The top of the line unit has a 600 MHz G3, a 20 GB drive and a combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive. It sells for $1,699. The other two models, at 500 MHz and 600 MHz, sell for $1,299 and $1,499, respectively.

The new PowerBooks and iBooks are available now through Apple's online store. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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