SAN FRANCISCO—After promising "two Macworlds worth of stuff," Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs kicked off this weeks Macworld Expo/San Francisco Tuesday by introducing 17- and 12-inch versions of its professional PowerBook portable, a new Apple-developed Web browser, an Apple-branded Mac presentation package, and a variety of new and enhanced consumer multimedia applications.
The 17-inch PowerBook features a 1,440-by-900-pixel, wide-screen display with a 16-by-10 aspect ratio and a backlit keyboard that automatically senses ambient room light. It measures 1 inch thick; the anodized aluminum frame weighs 6.8 pounds. It supports Bluetooth and 802.11g wireless networking as well as 800-Mbps FireWire; it packs a SuperDrive, a 1GHz PowerPC G4 processor with 1MB of L3 cache and a GeForce 4 440 Go graphics chip. It also includes two USB ports, a standard 400-Mbps FireWire option, support for a variety of external displays and audio-in.
The device will ship next month for $3,299.
Meanwhile, Apple rolled out a 12-inch version that measures 1.2 inches thick and weighs 4.6 pounds. It features a full-size keyboard, a slot-loading combo drive, a 10-by-7 display, an 867-MHz G4 chip, a GeForce 4 420 Go graphics chip and built-in Bluetooth.
The system is slated to ship in two weeks for $1,799; an 802.11g option will be $99, and a SuperDrive-equipped model will cost $1,999.
Apple also released AirPort Extreme, a new 802.11g-compliant base station with throughput of 54 Mbps and support for up to 50 users as well as USB printing and wireless bridging. It costs $199.
As rumored on the Web in the days before the big Mac show, Jobs took the wraps off Safari, a fast new Web browser that he said the company based on KHTML, an open-source HTML rendering engine popular in the Linux market. Jobs said Apple will make the Safari enhancements to KHTML available today as open source.
Safari runs atop the 10.2 "Jaguar" release of Mac OS X; a public beta version is available now for free download.