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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

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Apple Speeds Up iBook, Slows Down Prices
8:15 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

This morning Apple introduced an upgrade to their consumer line of notebook computers, the iBook G4. In what seems like a bid to counter arguments of being "too expensive," the company has dropped the 12" iBook's cost by $100 to put it at the magic price point of $999.

The main differences between these updated iBooks and what Apple previously offered is a CPU upgrade in the 12" line to 1.2GHz (previously 1GHz) and bumping the 14" iBooks from 1.2GHz to 1.33GHz. The entire line also now features built-in Airport Extreme for wireless networking, and the upper 14" model has a DVD-burning SuperDrive for the first time. The entire iBook line still features an ATI Radeon 9200 with 32MB of VRAM powering its graphics capability.

For those willing to sacrifice portability for expandability and power, Apple has also added a new Power Mac G5 tower to lineup -- effectively lowering the entry cost for these machines as well. Priced at $1,499, the Power Mac G5 1.8GHz features a single processor and a slightly slower frontside bus of 600Mhz rather than 900Mhz; otherwise, it's exactly as expandable as the other G5 towers.

For details on all of these upgraded machines, head over to Apple's site.

Apple Unveils Fastest, Most Affordable iBook G4 Ever
Apple Adds 1.8 GHz Model to Power Mac G5 Line at Just $1,499
iBook G4
Power Mac G5

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