New iBooks Got DV

Today's Best Tech Deals

Picked by Macworld's Editors

Top Deals On Great Products

Picked by Techconnect's Editors

Today, Apple added moviemaking to the list of what its consumer portables can do -- but under-$2,000 PC notebooks can't -- when it added a FireWire port, iMovie 2, and a more generous 10GB hard disk standard across the iBook line, which now starts at just $1,499.

The company also made its new iBook Special Edition truly special with the addition of a 466MHz G3 processor and a 6x DVD-ROM drive. And, it's still selling for just $1,799. This effectively closes the gap on functionality (while widening it on price) with Apple's high-end PowerBook line.

The new iBooks come in three colors -- the richer, darker indigo for the standard model; graphite for the Special Edition; and key lime, a bright green color available on both models, but only if you buy through the Apple Store.

And, gamers take note, Apple has boosted the on-board graphics to the AGP2x-based ATI Rage 128 mobility chip set with 8MB of SDRAM versus the previous models' anemic 4MB. This should make the iBook a worthy portable for gaming, while a new composite video-out port will make it an inexpensive mobile presentation machine. The ability to connect these iBook models to a TV set should be an especially useful feature for education customers.

Things that haven't changed: the iBook still features a 12.1-inch active matrix display capable of displaying up to 800 by 600 pixels, compared to the PowerBook's 14-inch display with a maximum resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels; it still weighs in at 6.6 pounds (6.8 with the addition of a DVD drive to the special edition); and offers one USB port, one 10/100BaseT Ethernet port, and a built-in 56K modem. While the iBook Special Edition is now within spitting distance of the high-end PowerBook in terms of raw CPU performance, both iBook models offer only 256K Level-2 cache and a 66-MHz memory bus, versus the PowerBook line's 1MB L2 cache and 100-MHz memory bus. Both iBooks continue to come standard with 64MB of RAM, expandable to 320MB.

1 2 Page 1
Page 1 of 2
  
Shop Tech Products at Amazon