updated 08:45 am EDT, Mon April 19, 2004
Apple updates iBook, PBG4
As anticipated last week, Apple today updated its line of systems. The iBook G4 line now supports a maximum of 1.25GB PC2100 DDR SDRAM, while all PowerBook G4 systems now ship with built-in AirPort Extreme. iBook graphics are powered by an ATI Radeon Mobility 9200 with 32MB of DDR SDRAM, while PowerBooks are driven by either an NVidia GeForce FX Go5200 with 64MB of DDR SDRAM (12.1" models) or an ATI Radeon Mobility 9700 with 64MB of DDR SDRAM, configurable up to 128MB (15" and 17" models). Both feature upgraded optical drives as well. System specifications follow:
- iBook 1GHz/12.1"/256MB RAM/30GB HD/Combo Drive - $1,100
- iBook 1GHz/14.1"/256MB RAM/40GB HD/Combo Drive - $1,300
- iBook 1.2GHz/14.1"/256MB RAM/60GB HD/Combo Drive - $1,500
- PowerBook G4 1.33GHz/12.1"/256MB RAM/60GB HD/Combo Drive - $1,600
- PowerBook G4 1.33GHz/12.1"/256MB RAM/60GB HD/4x SuperDrive - $1,800
- PowerBook G4 1.33GHz/15"/256MB RAM/60GB HD/Combo Drive - $2,000
- PowerBook G4 1.5GHz/15"/512MB RAM/80GB HD/4x SuperDrive - $2,500
- PowerBook G4 1.5GHz/17"/512MB RAM/80GB HD/4x SuperDrive - $2,900
Both iBooks and PowerBooks feature upgraded Combo Drives (capable of burning CD-R at 24x and CD-RW at 16x, and reading CD-ROM at 24x and DVD-ROM at 8x) and upgraded SuperDrives (capable of burning DVD-R at 4x, CD-R at 16x, and CD-RW at 8x; and reading DVD-ROM at 8x and CD-ROM at 24x).
The new iBooks and 12" and 15" PowerBooks models are available immediately. The 17" PowerBook G4 is slated to ship in early May.