Apple Offers Incremental PowerBook Upgrades

By Daniel Drew Turner  |  Posted 2005-01-31 Print this article Print

Apple's new PowerBooks boast G4 processors, improved features and reduced base prices.

Apple Computer Inc. quietly updated its line of PowerBook laptop computers on Monday. The three models, which range in size from 12 to 17 inches, now feature either 1.5 or 1.67 GHz processors, with bumps to the default RAM and hard-drive configurations, while base pricing has decreased. Despite previous reports of development of a notebook-ready version of IBMs PowerPC 970 family, also known as the G5 that powers most of Apples line of desktop computers, these PowerBooks rely on G4 processors, built by Freescale Semiconductor Inc., previously the semiconductor division of Motorola Inc. And despite rumors that had circulated on the Web, the new PowerBooks do not use Freescales dual-core G4 processors.
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Common to all the new models are faster 5400 rpm hard drives and a minimum of 512 MB rather than 256 MB of RAM. Apple representatives said that both items could increase overall performance of the computer. All of the models include AirPort Extreme 802.11g wireless networking. In addition, the new PowerBooks all feature a trackpad that allows control of scrolling—users can drag two fingers up or down the trackpad to scroll within windows rather than move the cursor