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Apple Ships 17-Inch PowerBook

Xserve cluster node also arrives By Dave Nagel
More than two months after its introduction and a month later than expected, Apple has begun shipping its new 17-inch PowerBook. The new model, which debuted at the Macworld Expo in January, includes a 17-inch LCD display boasting a screen resolution of 1,440 x 900 pixels. Apple has also started shipping a new cluster node for its Xserve line of G4-based rackmount servers. Both are available now.

The 17-inch PowerBook includes a 1 GHz G4 processor, a GeForce 440 Go graphics processor, FireWire 800, a SuperDrive DVD burner and 17-inch landscape screen (1,440 x 900 pixels), taken from the 17-inch iMac but with a thinner backlight. The machine is actually slightly thinner than previous Titanium PowerBooks, about an inch thick, and weighs 6.8 pounds. It also includes a lighted keyboard with ambient light sensors for automatically adjusting the keyboard's illumination. It includes BlueTooth wireless connectivity, FireWire 800, FireWire standard, gigabit Ethernet and the new AirPort Extreme. It sells for $3,299.

Apple has also shipped a new cluster node for its Xserve line. The node comes in a 1U rackmount configuration and is designed for clustering environments for distributed applications. It's stripped down to include only vital components for a clustered environment and offers a dual 1.33 GHz G4, 2 MB level-3 cache per processor, 256 MB DDR333 SDRAM, 60 GB ATA/133 drive, gigabit Ethernet and a 10-client license of Mac OS X Server. It sells for $2,799.

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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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