those Mac portables please, 1GHz enough?
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:
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.
"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."
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)