Storage Surprise

Oh yeah. That other hardware upgrade. Apple isn't making a big deal about it, but the company has also boosted the hard drive capacity of its PowerBooks.

The 400MHz G3 PowerBook has an expanded hard drive capacity of 10GB, up from 6GB. Storage on the 500MHz G3 model jumps to 20GB, from 12GB. And the laptops ship with iMovie 2 installed.

The storage upgrades haven't affected prices: the 400MHz PowerBook still sells for $2,499, the 500MHz version for $3,499.

Users who demand massive amounts of storage can plunk down an extra $500 for Apple's build-to-order model, which boasts 30GB of hard drive capacity and an extra battery and AC adapter--for those times you and your PowerBook are circumnavigating the globe, apparently.

Plenty of differences remain between the two product lines. PowerBooks have extra USB and FireWire ports, as well as more L2 cache space. They have 14.1-inch TFT XGA displays, compared with 12.1-inch TFT SVGA displays on the iBooks. And the 500MHz PowerBook comes with twice the memory--128MB--of the top-of-the-line iBook.

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