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New PowerBooks: Higher-Resolution Displays, Longer Battery Life

Apple Enhances PowerBooks With Higher-Resolution Displays, Longer Battery
Life

CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 19 — Apple(R) today made its PowerBook(R) G4 line
of notebook computers even more desirable for business and creative
professionals 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
just $1,499.

“The Apple PowerBook continues to deliver the ultimate in portability,
performance and innovative features,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior
vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Our mobile customers are
going to love working on the new high-resolution PowerBook displays and
appreciate the added productivity that one more hour of battery life
delivers.”

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.

Every PowerBook includes built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate),
integrated AirPort(R) Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi wireless networking**, a
scrolling TrackPad and Apple’s Sudden Motion Sensor technology. Mac OS(R) X
version 10.4 “Tiger,” the fifth major release of the world’s most advanced
operating system and iLife(R) ’05, Apple’s award-winning suite of digital
lifestyle applications, are included with every PowerBook.

Pricing & Availability

The 12-inch and new 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks are available immediately
through the Apple Store(R) (http://www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores
and Apple Authorized Resellers.

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(R) 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.

Additional build-to-order options for the 12-inch PowerBook include the
ability to upgrade to 100GB (5400 rpm) hard drive, up to 1.25GB DDR SDRAM,
a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive, and the AppleCare
Protection Plan. Additional build-to-order options for the new 15- and
17-inch PowerBooks include the ability to upgrade up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, a
slot-load Combo (DVD- ROM/CD-RW) optical drive, and the AppleCare
Protection Plan. The new 15-inch PowerBook also offers a 100GB or 120GB
(5400 rpm) hard drive as a build-to- order option.

*Battery life depends on configuration and use.

**Actual speed will vary based on range from the base station,
environmental conditions and other factors.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-
winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife
and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music
revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music
store.

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