Apple upgrades laptop range

Apple Computer announced upgraded versions of its mobile computers, the high-end PowerBook G4 and the consumer-orientated iBook.

Apple Computer announced upgraded versions of its mobile computers, the high-end PowerBook G4 and the consumer-orientated iBook.

The new PowerBook G4 comes in two models, built around 550MHz and 667MHz PowerPC G4 processors. The speedier model offers a new system bus (the path by which data is routed around the motherboard) running at 133MHz, while the 550MHz system uses a 100MHz bus.

Upgrades to both models include a 4X AGP video system and a Gigabit Ethernet port. Each system comes with a slot-loading DVD, a 15.2inch screen, a 56Kbps modem, USB and FireWire ports and weighs 5.3 pounds. A slot-loading CD-RW drive is available as an add-on.

The 550MHz model comes standard with 128Mbytes of RAM, a 20Gbyte hard disk and an integrated antenna for Apple's AirPort 802.11b wireless Ethernet system. The 667MHz system offers 256Mbytes of RAM, a 30Gbyte hard disk and comes equipped with an AirPort card and antenna. Both systems can be expanded up to 1Gbytes of RAM and can be customised with a 48Gbyte hard disc. Each system comes preloaded with both MacOS 9.2.1 and MacOS X 10.1. Prices start at £1,599 excluding VAT.

The new iBook line comes in three models, built around a 500MHz or 600MHz PowerPC G3 processor. All models offer a new 100MHz system bus and 128M bytes of RAM standard. The portables also include a 12.1inch screen, an ATI Rage Mobility 128 Graphics chip with 8Mbytes of RAM, a 56Kbps modem, on-board Ethernet, USB and Firewire ports and an integrated AirPort antenna (though the AirPort networking is not included). All systems are preloaded with MacOS 9.2.1 and MacOS X 10.1.

The low-end 500MHz model offers a 15Gbyte hard disk. The midrange 600MHz model comes with a 15Gbyte hard disk and a DVD-ROM. The high-end system, sports a 20Gbyte drive and a combination DVD-ROM and CD-RW drive. All models are available in the UK and prices start at £936, excluding VAT.

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