Apple Computer on Wednesday turned up the performance of its iBook portable computers by adding the PowerPC G4 processor and, its OS X version 10.3 operating system, faster memory and improved graphics technology from ATI. In addition, every iBook comes standard with a CD Burner and at least 256MB of RAM.
The iBook revamp comes in time for the holidays and is intended to help Apple compete more effectively in the notebook market–a hot segment of the computer market in which price competition is becoming stiffer.
Apple’s new entry-level iBook now sells for $1,099, $100 more than its previous model. But the latest iBook comes with an 800MHz G4 processor, 256MB of RAM, a 30GB hard drive, a 12.1-inch screen and a CD burner/DVD-ROM combination drive. Apple is now selling the remaining G3 iBooks for $899, according to its Web site.
The three new iBook machines have ATI’s Radeon 9200 graphics chip and come with 32MB of video memory. They can run for up to six hours on a single battery charge and can be outfitted with Apple’s AirPort wireless networking for $99.
The following description of the new iBook releases is taken from the Apple.com website:
The world s best-loved consumer portable gets an impressive makeover with a superfast PowerPC G4 processor, a new architecture, a slot-loading optical drive and enhanced wireless networking capabilities. Plus Mac OS X v10.3 Panther, the world s most advanced operating system. Starting at just $1099.
Perfect for everything from doing your homework to playing games, and from watching DVD movies to burning your own music CDs, the 4.9-pound iBook G4 fits snugly in your backpack and your life.
With its extra long battery life, compact size and ultralight weight, the iBook G4 can accompany you everywhere. And with a choice of 12.1-inch or 14.1-inch displays, turbocharged 800MHz, 933MHz or 1GHz PowerPC G4 processors, 30GB, 40GB or 60GB Ultra ATA/100 hard disk drives, 256MB of RAM expandable to 640MB plus optional AirPort Extreme wireless networking and optional built-in Bluetooth wireless peripheral connectivity as well as conveniently located FireWire, USB 2.0 and Ethernet ports the iBook gives you astonishing performance in a stunning design.
The 12.1-inch iBook slips easily into a backpack. It weighs less than many textbooks that kids are supposed to carry these days, making it perfect for school. Just don t be surprised if you find yourself wondering how such a wide screen fits into a notebook computer that measures just 11.2 inches wide, 9.1 inches deep and 1.35 inches thick.
If you re looking for more space to work and play in, feel free to pick the iBook with the visibly larger 14.1-inch TFT XGA active-matrix display. Both iBook models have brilliant 1024-by-768-pixel resolution ideal for doing everything from working on spreadsheets to displaying your movies and digital pictures in millions of colors (incidentally, the iBook display scales down beautifully, again with millions of colors, for special games and applications optimized for 800-by-600 or 640-by-480 pixel resolutions).