Apple Rolls Out New PowerBooks

By Matthew Rothenberg  |  Posted 2003-09-16 Print this article Print

At the Apple Expo in Paris, the Mac maker introduced a 15-inch laptop as well as a Bluetooth-based keyboard and mouse.

Apple Computer Inc. today announced a refreshed PowerBook G4 line as well as new wireless input devices. CEO Steve Jobs announced the new products at a keynote address this morning, which kicked off Apple Expo 2003 in Paris.
The 15-inch PowerBook G4 boasts the most dramatic updates; the new laptop replaces the Titanium PowerBook and features the aluminum enclosure and high-end connectivity that the 12- and 17-inch models have shipped with since January. New features include a 1.25GHz processor, backlit keyboard, AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0. Pricing starts at $1,999, with a high-end configuration at $2,599.
Apple also boosted the 17-inch laptops speed to 1.33GHz and lowered its price by $300, to $2,999. The lightweight 12-inch model was bumped to 1GHz and will ship with a DVI port, enabling users to connect the PowerBook to Apples digital displays. The new 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks will ship immediately, but Apple said the 12-inch model wont be available until later in September. Jobs also introduced new Bluetooth input devices, announcing a wireless keyboard and mouse that feature 128-bit encryption and a 30-foot range. Apple says the new accessories will ship with industry-first Adaptive Frequency Hopping software, eliminating wireless interference among multiple devices. The devices are priced at $69 each and are designed similarly to Apples wired models. In a press release, Apple also announced that it is offering a $50 rebate to customers who buy a new Mac with the companys Keynote presentation software. Apple Expo 2003 runs through Sept. 20 at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center.
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Matthew has been associated with Ziff Davis' news efforts for more than a decade, including an eight-year run with the print and online versions of MacWEEK. He also helped run the news and opinion operations at ZDNet and CNet. Matthew holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.


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