Calling 2003 the “year of the notebook,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled 17-inch and 12-inch PowerBook G4s during his Macworld Conference & Expo keynote.
“We introduced the Titanium PowerBook two years ago, and it became the best notebook in the industry,” Jobs said. “It was the number one lust object. No one has caught up with it in two years. I don’t know what they’ll do now.”
The Apple CEO said that in 2000, laptops comprised 20 percent of all Macs shipped. Last year that figure was 32 percent and Apple expects it to hit 35 percent this year. Jobs said that he felt that laptops would eventually make up 50 percent of the company’s CPU sales.
The 17-inch PowerBook G4 is the world’s first notebook computer with a 17-inch display, the largest ever in a notebook, according to Jobs. It’s encased in an aluminum alloy enclosure that’s tougher and more scratch resistant than previous models.
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