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Apple Announces New PowerBooks
Wednesday October 19, 2005 1:13 PM EST

Apple today announced new PowerBooks with higher-resolution displays and up to one hour more battery life on the 15 and 17-inch models. In addition, every new PowerBook now includes a DVD burning SuperDrive with prices starting at US$1,499.

The new higher-resolution PowerBooks provide significantly more screen real estate and include the 17-inch PowerBook with a 1680-by-1050 pixel resolution -- 36 percent more than the previous generation -- and the 15-inch PowerBook with a 1440-by-960 pixel resolution -- 26 percent more than the previous generation. Ideal for business and creative professionals, the new 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks make reading text and viewing images even easier with brighter displays -- up to 46 percent brighter on the 17-inch model. The 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks also provide up to an additional hour of battery life to get even more work done while on the road.

The PowerBook line includes three models: the 1.5 GHz 12-inch PowerBook with an 8X SuperDrive and the new 1.67 GHz 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks with an 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support. Both the 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks include ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics with 128MB DDR dedicated video memory and now feature built-in Dual Link support to drive Apple's groundbreaking 30-inch Cinema HD Display as an external monitor, providing more than four million pixels of additional workspace.

The 1.5 GHz, 12-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:
  512MB of PC2700 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable up to 1.25GB;
  a slot-load 8X SuperDrive (DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  an 80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi fast wireless networking and internal Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  DVI, VGA, S-video and composite video support;
  two USB 2.0 ports and FireWire 400;
  audio line in and headphone out and a scrolling TrackPad.

The 1.67 GHz, 15-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:
  a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW);
  512MB of PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM running at 333 MHz, expandable up to 2GB;
  80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  DVI (Dual Link for 30-inch Cinema HD Display support), VGA, S-video and composite video support;
  Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T);
  two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800;
  analog and optical digital audio input and output;
  illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor and a scrolling TrackPad.

The 1.67 GHz, 17-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:
  a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW);
  512MB of PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM running at 333 MHz, expandable up to 2GB;
  120GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  DVI (Dual Link for 30-inch Cinema HD Display support), VGA, S-video and composite video support;
  Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T);
  two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800;
  analog and optical digital audio input and output;
  illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor and a scrolling TrackPad.

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