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Apple Launches New PowerBooks

Models include gigabit Ethernet, up to 800 MHz processors By Dave Nagel
Apple today introduced its new lineup of PowerBook Titanium G4 notebooks, as well as a new "educational" version of the iMac, called the "eMac." The new PowerBook reaches clock speeds of up to 800 MHz, while the new eMac, with a CRT monitor rather than a flat panel, ships with a 700 MHz G4 processor.

The new Titanium PowerBook G4 line features a brand new high-resolution display, faster processors, an integrated DVI port and gigabit Ethernet, like the desktop models. There are two new models, a 667 Hz model and an 800 Hz model, each with a 1 MB level-3 cache with DDR SDRAM. The new models sport a 133 MHz system bus and AGP 4x graphics with a 32 MB ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics engine.

The new 15.2-inch display features an enhanced resolution of 1,280 x 854, 23 percent more than previous models, along with higher brightness and better color saturation. (The Titanium PowerBook line had been criticized for its poor image quality.)

The Titanium PowerBook G4 offers built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet and a 56K modem. All PowerBook models include built-in antennas and an AirPort Card slot for 802.11-based AirPort wireless communications at up to 11 megabits per second; the 800 MHz model comes with an AirPort Card pre-installed. The new models also include FireWire and USB ports.

The 667 MHz PowerBook G4 is available for $2,499 and includes 256 MB SDRAM and a 30 GB Ultra ATA/66 hard drive. The 800 MHz PowerBook G4 is available for $3,199 and includes 512 MB SDRAM and a 40GB Ultra ATA/66 hard drive.

Apple has also announced a new DVI to ADC adapter that allows the new PowerBooks to run Apple's desktop flat-panel displays, including the 23-inch model. The DVI to ADC Adapter measures 5 inches square and features active components to boost the DVI signal. The adapter includes an integrated power supply, an AC power cord and a 2-meter cable with USB and DVI. The Apple flat panel display is attached directly to the ADC (Apple Display Connector) port located on the adapter. It sells for $149.

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Contact the author: 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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