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Hot off the Press Story
by Keith Benicek, Editor 11/06/02

Super-size those Mac portables please, 1GHz enough?
Cupertino, California. -

For those that keep their ears to the indicators supply chain railroad track, today’s Apple announcement of a new Super-sized 1 GHz Titanium™ and a pumped up 800 MHz iBook was no big surprise. I knew it was coming, didn’t you? In my last conversation with Sandy Green, director of PowerBook product marketing at Apple for the Life with only a Notebook, PC or Mac? Article series, I asked, “So when is Apple releasing the 1GHz TiBook, before or after Thanksgiving?.” All I got was a slight laugh and a “you know we can’t make any forward looking statements….”

Sales of the current anemic G4 667 MHz and the over-priced G4 800 MHz Titanium’s have been in the “Dog Days of Summer” all year long. What was a shocker is that Apple has announced a $200 price decrease across the board on the portables, which makes them all a bargain, even against Windows PC Notebooks, in anyone’s book!

Here’s the run down on the G4 PowerBook:

  • $2,299 - $2,999
  • Now features PowerPC G4 processors running at up to 1 GHz
  • Industry’s first slot-loading SuperDrive
  • ATI Mobility Radeon™ 9000 Graphics
  • Up to 64MB of DDR video SDRAM

According to Apple, the G4 Velocity Engine™ 1 GHz “TiBook” , combined with 1 MB of L3 cache and the power of the UNIX based OS X, Photoshop benchmarked “up to 44% faster than a comparable 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium® 4-based notebook computer.

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The 1 GHz G4 Titanium is the first portable computer in the industry with a “slot loading” DVD burning “SuperDrive.”

"This is what our customers have been waiting for. The Titanium PowerBook G4 is the thinnest and lightest pro notebook in the industry," said Greg Joswiak, vice president of Hardware Product Marketing. "The new PowerBook packs a 15.2-inch screen, 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, CD and DVD burning SuperDrive and ATI Radeon Mobility graphics into a 1-inch thin, 5.4 pound Titanium package. No other pro notebook comes close to these features."
                   
PowerBook G4 has built-in antennas and as since its first in the industry (1999, PowerBook G3 Pismo), it continues to include an AirPort Card slot for 802.11b WiFi connectivity. All Apple PowerBooks also include pre-installed with the newest Jaguar (v10.2) incarnation of OS X operating system and the customary bounty of free bundled applications from Apple and a few selected independent developers that isn’t matched on any comparable PC notebook.

The 867 MHz Titanium PowerBook G4 is available now, and the 1 GHz model is expected to be available in mid-November through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers at the below suggested retail prices.

867 MHz PowerBook G4 G4 with 1MB DDR level 3 cache: $2,299 (US)
Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive;
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 with 32MB DDR SDRAM graphics memory 256MB SDRAM, expandable to 1GB; 40GB Ultra ATA hard drive; and
AirPort ready with integrated antennas and card slot.

1 GHz PowerBook G4 with 1MB DDR level 3 cache: $2,999 (US)
SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) optical drive;
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 with 64MB DDR SDRAM graphics memory; 512MB SDRAM, expandable to 1GB; a 60GB Ultra ATA hard drive; and AirPort enabled with integrated antennas and pre-installed AirPort Card.

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