Apple Refreshes iBook Notebook Series — Adds Speed and 802.11g (pics, specs)

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Apple last week updated its iBook line of notebooks in preparation for sales for the holiday season.  The processor speed was bumped up for each iBook and the price of the entry-level iBook with a 1.2GHz chip, DVD/CD-Burner combo drive and 12-inch screen was dropped to $999 from $1099.  The midrange iBook comes with a 1.33GHz chip, combo drive and 14-inch screen and costs $1,299.  Finally, the top tier iBook retails at $1,499 and can burn both DVDs and CDs (Apple calls it their “SuperDrive”).

New Apple iBook Specs

Processor and memory

  • 1.2GHz or 1.33GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine and 512K on-chip level 2 cache running at 1.2GHz or 1.33GHz
  • 133 MHZ system bus
  • 256MB of PC2100 (266MHz) DDR SDRAM (256MB built-in and one available SO-DIMM slot) with support for up to 1.25GB

Storage

  • 30GB or 60GB Ultra ATA hard disk drive
  • One of the following optical drives:
    • Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW); writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed, reads DVD-ROM discs at up to 8x speed, reads CD-ROM discs at up to 24x speed
    • SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW); writes DVD-R discs at up to 4x speed, reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 16x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 8x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed.
  • Support for external FireWire and USB storage devices

Display

  • Choice of built-in 12.1-inch or 14.1-inch (diagonal) TFT XGA active-matrix display
  • Support for millions of colors at 1024 x 768 pixel resolution
  • Support for resolution scaling to 800 x 600 pixel and 640 x 480 pixel resolution with millions of colors

Graphics support

  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 graphics processor with 32MB of dedicated video memory and AGP 4X support

Communications

  • Built-in 56K V.92 modem (RJ-11 connector)
  • Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • Built-in antennas and expansion slot for optional 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme Card; (compliant with 802.11g standard; Wi-Fi Certified for 802.11g and 802.11b interoperability)
  • Optional Internal Bluetooth module available as a built-to-order option

Peripheral connections

  • Two 480 Mbps USB 2.0 ports
  • One FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps

Audio

  • 16-bit CD-quality stereo headphone jack
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in microphone
  • Support for external USB audio devices such as microphones and speakers

Video

  • VGA video output for video mirroring on an external display or projector (24-bit color) with included Apple VGA Display Adapter.
  • S-video and composite video output to TV or projector (requires Apple Video Adapter, sold separately)

Battery

  • iBook G4 with 12.1-inch display: 50-watt-hour lithium-ion battery provides up to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • iBook G4 with 14.1-inch display: 61-watt-hour lithium-ion battery provides up to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • Integrated charge indicator LEDs on battery

Keyboard and trackpad

  • Built-in full-size keyboard with 77 (U.S.) or 78 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted ?¢ T?¢ arrangement) and embedded numeric keypad
  • Solid-state trackpad for precise cursor control; supports tap, double-tap and drag capabilities

Electrical and environmental

  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50 ?° to 95 ?° F (10 ?° to 35 ?° C)
  • Storage temperature: -13 ?° to 113 ?° F (-25 ?° to 45 ?° C)
  • Relative humidity: 20% to 80% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet

Size and weight (12.1-inch model)

  • Height: 1.35 inches (3.42 cm)
  • Width: 11.2 inches (28.5 cm)
  • Depth: 9.06 inches (23.0 cm)
  • Weight: 4.9 pounds (2.2 kg)

Size and weight: (14.1-inch model)

  • Height: 1.35 inches (3.42 cm)
  • Width: 12.7 inches (32.3 cm)
  • Depth: 10.2 inches (25.9 cm)
  • Weight: 5.9 pounds (2.7 kg)

Availability and Pricing

The new iBooks can be purchased from www.Apple.com starting at $999.

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