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Apple Ships G4 iBooks

eMac line gets price reduction By Dave Nagel
Apple has started shipping a new line of iBooks using the G4 processor, offering speeds up to 1 GHz. One of the new models is available now, with the rest expected to ship next week. Apple has also lowered the prices on its eMac line of all in one systems.

The new iBooks sport either a 12.1-inch LCD display or a 14.1-inch display. The only model available now is the 800 MHz G4 iBook with a 12.1-inch display. It includes 256 MB DDR SDRAM, a 30 GB ATA drive and a combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive. It sells for $1,099.


The other two models both offer a 14.1-inch display. The 933 MHz version includes 256 MB DDR SDRAM, a 40 GB hard drive and a slot-load combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive. It sells for $1,299. The 1 GHz model includes 256 MB DDR SDRAM, a 60 GB drive and a slot-load combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive. It sells for $1,499. Both of these are expected to be available next week.

All of the new models come with Mac OS X 10.3 ("Panther") and include two USB 2.0 ports; a FireWire 400 port; and VGA, composite and S-video out. For graphics, they include an ATI Radeon 9200 card (AGP 4x) with 32 MB RAM. And they also support AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless networking.

Apple has also reduce the prices of its eMac line of all in one desktop systems, which now start at $799. The lower-end model sports a 1 GHz G4 processor, 128 MB RAM, a 32x combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive, an ATI Radeon 7500 graphics card with 32 MB memory and a 40 GB ATA hard drive. The higher-end model, which sells for $1,099, includes a 1 GHz G4 processor, 256 MB RAM, a 4x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW), an ATI Radeon 7500 graphics card with 32 MB memory and an 80 GB ATA hard drive. They're also now shipping with Mac OS X 10.3. Both include a 17-inch flat CRT display (1,280 x 960), 10/100Base-T Ethernet, a built-in antenna card slot for AirPort Extreme wireless networking, five USB ports and two FireWire ports.

For more information, visit http://www.apple.com.


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, Mac OS, 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 dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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