Apple Updates iBook
1:40 PM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story
Apple Computer yesterday updated its consumer portable, the iBook, with a new 700 MHz PowerPC G3 processor and 512 KB of on-chip level 2 cache, twice as much as before.
The new iBook's most substantial improvement for many gamers, however, is its inclusion of the ATI Mobility Radeon graphics processing unit and 16 MB of VRAM on an AGP 2X bus.
While not the powerhouse Mobility Radeon 7500 with 32 MB of VRAM and an AGP 4X bus featured in Apple's latest PowerBook, the 16 MB Mobility Radeon is nonetheless a big step up from the 8 MB ATI Rage 128 Mobility in the previous iBook.
Other features include:
- a 12.1-inch (diagonal) or 14.1-inch (diagonal) active-matrix 1024-by-768 resolution display;
- 128 MB or 256 MB SDRAM, with expansion up to 640 MB;
- 20 GB or 30 GB Ultra ATA hard drives and a new 40 GB option;
- a choice of DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive or CD-ROM drive;
- a built-in 56K V.90 modem and 10/100BASE-T Ethernet;
- USB and FireWire ports;
- AirPort-ready with integrated antennas and card slot for wireless Internet access;
- a built-in microphone and stereo speakers;
- a collection of productivity and entertainment titles;
- a small, lightweight power adapter;
- free 30-day Internet access with EarthLink; and
- Mac OS X version 10.1.4, as well as Classic Mac OS 9.2.2.
Prices start at $1200 (US) for a 600 MHz model with 12" screen and CD-ROM drive, $1500 (US) for a 700 MHz model with 12" screen and Combo drive, and $1800 (US) for a 700 MHz model with 14" screen and Combo drive.
For more details, visit Apple's web site, linked below.
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