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Apple adds speed, wireless to lower-priced iBooks

updated 08:40 am EDT, Tue July 26, 2005

Apple revamps iBook line

As widely anticipated, Apple today revamped its .

"The new iBook is the perfect portable for the go anywhere, do anything digital lifestyle of consumers and students," said David Moody, Apple's vice president of Mac Product Marketing. "With improved performance, double the memory, and new mobility features like the scrolling TrackPad, Sudden Motion Sensor and Bluetooth, the new iBooks are an amazing value."

The new 12- and 14-inch iBooks offer improved performance with either a 1.33GHz or 1.42GHz PowerPCG4 processor. The company says the new iBooks provide up to six hours of battery life "for all-day use on the road or in the classroom." Each iBook features the ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 with 32MB of dedicated video memory for improved graphics and either a slot-loading SuperDrive for burning DVDs and CDs, or a slot-loading Combo drive for watching DVDs and burning CDs. Each model iBook also includes a scrolling TrackPad to easily scroll through long web pages or pan across large photographs and Apple's Sudden Motion Sensor technology to help protect a spinning hard drive if the notebook is accidentally dropped.

Apple said it is the first computer maker to include both 802.11g and Bluetooth 2.0 wireless technologies across its entire line of notebook products. Every iBook now features built-in Bluetooth 2.0 (Enhanced Data Rate) and integrated AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi wireless networking. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR delivers up to three times faster data rates and is also compatible with Bluetooth 1.2 devices such as the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. The new iBooks also include built-in 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet for high-speed networking, two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port.

The new iBook alos features a larger BTO memory capacity (up to 1.5GB) and drives up to 100GB. The lineup is immediately available through The Apple Store in two standard configurations (a reduction from the previously available 3 models).

The 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 iBook, weighing 4.9 pounds is available for $1000:

  • a crisp 12.1-inch (diagonal) active-matrix TFT display;
  • 512MB DDR SDRAM expandable to up to 1.5GB maximum memory;
  • a 40GB Ultra ATA hard drive;
  • AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400;
  • VGA video out, S-video and composite video out support;
  • 56K v.92 modem, Ethernet (10/100 BASE-T); and
  • a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive.

The 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 iBook, weighing 5.9 pounds, is $1,300.

  • a brilliant 14.1-inch (diagonal) active-matrix TFT display;
  • 512MB DDR SDRAM expandable to up to 1.5GB maximum memory;
  • a 60GB Ultra ATA hard drive;
  • AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400;
  • VGA video out, S-video and composite video out support;
  • 56K v.92 modem, Ethernet (10/100 BASE-T); and
  • a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD+/-R/CD-RW) drive.

Additional build-to-order options for the new iBook include up to 1.5GB of DDR SDRAM, a 60GB, 80GB or 100GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

The new iBook is also available to education customers for discount in the US and Canada through the Apple Store for Education. Apple is also offering a free iPod mini along with new Mac purchases from the Apple Store through September 25, 2005.




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  1. zulfikarn

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    wow

    I'm surprised, bluetooth and 512 MB all around, now what was the point in buying the 12" powerbook?

  1. 83caddy16v

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Glad to see a bump but..

    why only 32mb for the video card? Its nice to see 512mb finally offered but they could have given the 14" iBook a better video card.

    same goes for the $699 mini, more video memory. oh well, maybe on the next rev.

  1. Warrenpeace

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    That's it??

    Where's the Widescreen iBook??

  1. JustinD

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    DAMMIT!

    Redesign the damn thing already! I'm so tired of looking at 250+ of these things at work for the past 4 years! AHHHHHHH!

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    adequate

    I describe this update as adequate.

    Nothing fancy, s***...exciting. Shows that they are clearly focused on the intel transition and probably are out of tricks.

    but, I think including bluetooth and wireless as standard is a good idea.

  1. e2Sync

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple!!! For Pete's sake

    Sorry Apple, but when will you start to listen to the longer-than-10-years-of-complaining about the smaller units getting less features. It's also in complete opposition to PC laptops. Why is the smaller, lighter, more portable, 12" model still missing features available on the bigger model even though size is no issue!!! For Pete's sake, listen to your customers for once in your corporate life. Pros aren't blind, and they don't buy 14" screens that run a pathetic 1024x768 resolution. Bring the speed and the SuperDrive to the 12" model.

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Lame Offering...

    Geez, lets have some real computers dammit. I'm fed up with seeing 4 year old chips in Apple laptops. Enough of blaming IBM - we know they have the fast, low power chips for laptops. And lets see them try to run Tiger efficiently on one of these things w/only 512MB RAM.

    There is no innovation here and hasn't been from Apple for a couple years. And sorry - the Shuffle and Mini don't count.

    (>_

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    why redesign when...

    Is there really something wrong with the current form factor of the ibook/power book line???? why is everyone calling for a redesign when the current design is fine. Other than maybe making it thinner and lighter I don't see a need for improvements to the over all look and feel. Although they really need to up the resolution on the 12 inch models 1024x768 is just not cutting it.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Reasonable Bump

    While not particularly exciting, these are decent feature bumps rather than speed bumps. More VRAM would have been nice, but with double the RAM, Bluetooth 2 and Airport Extreme added for "free", there's not much to complain about... I take that back... someone always finds something to bemoan with any product update. Pass the hankies...

    To e2Sync: Pros buy PowerBooks.

  1. velocitychannel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Intel

    For those whining about new designs, etc. All Apple Pro and Consumser computers are getting a redesign when they ship with Intel chips. Not before then. This is for two reason. 1) There needs to be a way to differentiate between the "old" and the "new" 2) All current designs have lasted much longer than their intended life.

    Mac Mini Intel --> Feb 2006.

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