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Kim Cary, a professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., said the new announcements were "very characteristic of Apple; they arent kidding when they say they do a lot of innovation." Cary said, however, that he was surprised that Apple had gone with the 802.11g wireless protocol instead of the newer 802.11a, as his university is already evaluating 802.11a technology.

Fred Evans, an independent Apple dealer based in Minneapolis, said he is hopeful that the new portables will be good for business. "Theyve got very good sales prospects," he said. "Apple may have another runaway bestseller—especially with the 12-inch model."

Indeed, Evans said his company has ordered twice as many 12-inch PowerBooks as 17-inch ones. While the 17-inch version is "very visually impressive, and I think we will sell a number," he believes the pricing and portability of the smaller system may win over many potential buyers.

"I think the 17-inch [PowerBook] will get a lot of people to come in and look," he said, "but theyre going to leave with the 12-inch [PowerBook]."

On other fronts, Evans said he was pleased with the rest of Apples Expo announcements, which included iLife, a new bundle of the companys consumer-level multimedia applications; Final cut Express, a $299, entry-level version of its Final Cut Pro video-editing software; and Keynote, a new presentation package.

"Any time Apple gives us something to sell, we appreciate it," Evans said.

"We like being able to sell iApp upgrades; thats the thing I bought the most of. As for Final Cut Express, at that price, were going to get a lot of upgraders from iMovie," Apples consumer video package.

"Keynote is a tougher sell," he said. "Most of the potential customers already have [Microsoft] PowerPoint; are they going to spend another $100 for a different presentation app?"