Apple Offers Incremental PowerBook Upgrades
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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