Apple Unveils Newest iBook G4

From the press release:

The iBook line includes PowerPC G4 processors running up to 1.33 GHz and an available slot-load SuperDrive for burning DVDs, as well as Apple’s breakthrough iLife ‘04 suite for managing digital music and photos, making movies and music and creating professional-quality DVDs.

“Designed for the digital life on the go, the iBook G4 has been incredibly popular with consumers and students,” said David Moody, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Mac Product Marketing. “With prices starting at just $999, including AirPort Extreme wireless networking built-in and faster PowerPC G4 processors, the new iBooks are a great deal for every student, home user and small business owner.”

Encased in a sleek, durable polycarbonate plastic enclosure, the new 12- and 14-inch iBooks offer improved performance with either a 1.2 GHz or 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 processor. Providing up to six hours of battery life for all-day use on the road or in the classroom,* the iBook lineup offers AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g wireless networking in every model and an optional internal Bluetooth module for wirelessly connecting peripherals such as the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse.** All iBook G4 models also offer a full complement of I/O ports including FireWire 400, USB 2.0, a built-in 56K v.92 modem and Ethernet (10/100BASE-T) for connectivity to a wide range of peripherals such as speakers, MIDI keyboards and iPod.

Providing world class graphics capabilities, each iBook G4 offers ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 graphics with 32MB of dedicated DDR memory and AGP 4X support for gaming and watching DVDs, as well as VGA video out for easy mirroring to projection systems and external displays. The new iBook G4 also includes either a slot-load SuperDrive, for burning both DVDs and CDs, or a slot-load combo drive capable of burning and playing CDs and watching DVDs.

Every new iBook G4 also includes iLife ‘04, Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications including iTunes for managing digital music, iPhotoâ„¢ for organizing and sharing digital photos, iMovie for digital movie making, iDVD for creating and burning Hollywood-style DVDs and GarageBandâ„¢, the revolutionary music application that turns a Mac into a professional-quality musical instrument and recording studio. iBook G4 also comes with a collection of productivity and entertainment titles including AppleWorks, Mac OS X Mail, Quicken 2005 for Mac, WorldBook Encyclopedia 2004 Edition, Marble Blast Gold and Nanosaur 2.

The iBook G4 comes with Apple’s latest operating system pre-installed. Mac OS X version 10.3 “Panther” delivers more than 150 breakthrough features including iChat AV, an easy to use personal video conferencing solution; FileVault, which uses the latest security standards and 128-bit encryption technology to ensure that data in the home directory is kept secure; Exposé™, a revolutionary new way to instantly access any open window; Instant On, which wakes the iBook from sleep in just one second; Apple Setup Assistant, a migration tool that allows Mac users to quickly and easily transfer files, applications, and preferences from one Macintosh to another; and Automatic Networking, which automatically switches the network connections between Ethernet, 802.11 and modem. With enhanced Windows compatibility, files, printers and network services can easily be shared with Windows users.

Pricing & Availability
The new iBook lineup is immediately available through The Apple Store® (http://www.apple.com/), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers in three standard configurations.

The 1.2 GHz PowerPC G4 iBook, weighing just 4.9 pounds, has a suggested retail price of $999 (US) and includes:
• a crisp 12.1-inch (diagonal) active-matrix TFT display;
• 256MB DDR SDRAM expandable to up to 1.25GB maximum memory;
• a 30GB Ultra ATA hard drive;
• AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g wireless networking;
• two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400;
• VGA video out, S-video and composite video out support;
• Ethernet (10/100BASE-T); and
• a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive.

The 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 iBook, weighing just 5.9 pounds, has a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US) and includes:
• a crisp 14.1-inch (diagonal) active-matrix TFT display;
• 256MB DDR SDRAM expandable to up to 1.25GB maximum memory;
• a 60GB Ultra ATA hard drive;
• AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g wireless networking;
• two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400;
• VGA video out, S-video and composite video out support;
• Ethernet (10/100BASE-T); and
• a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive.

The 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 iBook, weighing just 5.9 pounds, has a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US) and includes:
• a brilliant 14.1-inch (diagonal) active-matrix TFT display;
• 256MB DDR SDRAM expandable to up to 1.25GB maximum memory;
• a 60GB Ultra ATA hard drive;
• AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g wireless networking;
• two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400;
• VGA video out, S-video and composite video out support;
• Ethernet (10/100BASE-T); and
• a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) drive.

Additional build-to-order options for the new iBook G4 include up to 1.25GB of DDR SDRAM, a 60GB or 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive, internal Bluetooth module, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Expressâ„¢ Base Stations and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

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