• MacWorld 2003 - New Apple Powerbooks
    Leonard Teo, Tuesday 7 January 2003
     Image: The new 17-inch Apple Powerbook running Final Cut Pro.

    Apple made a huge string of announcements at MacWorld San Francisco 2003. The biggest release at the event was the product launch for the new line of Powerbooks, Apple's range of notebooks targetted at professionals. The line has been split into three product categories based on screen size: 12", 15" and the gargantuan 17" Powerbooks.

    The 17-inch PowerBook G4 is the world’s first notebook computer with a 17-inch display, the largest ever in a notebook. Encased in a durable aluminum alloy enclosure, the new PowerBook measures only 1-inch thin and weighs just 6.8 pounds. The new 17-inch PowerBook G4 is also the first notebook to offer built-in AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g wireless networking, new high-speed FireWire 800, a backlit keyboard with ambient light sensors, and built-in Bluetooth for wirelessly connecting to cell phones and other Bluetooth equipped peripherals.

     

    Apple also unveiled the new 12-inch PowerBook G4 with a brilliant 12-inch, active-matrix display housed in a lightweight, durable aluminum alloy enclosure weighing just 4.6 pounds. The sleek new 12-inch PowerBook G4 offers a speedy 867 MHz PowerPC G4 processor, fast NVIDIA graphics, a standard slot-loading Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive, built-in Bluetooth, and industry-leading battery life of up to five hours on a single charge, all for just $1,799 (US).

    More information on the new line of Powerbook G4's is available at the Apple website.

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