Although Apple only sells its new G4-equipped iBooks with slot-loading Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drives,
MCE Technologies LLC
is now offering 12-inch and 14-inch iBook G4s with custom-installed 2X DVD-R/RW + DVD-RAM drives.
The iBook G4 with internal MCE 2X DVD-R/RW + DVD-RAM drive writes to standard 4.7GB DVD-R media at up to 2X speed, to 4.7GB single-sided or 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM media at up to 2X speed, and to 4.7GB DVD-RW media at 1X speed. Additionally, it writes to standard 650MB (74 minute) and 700MB (80 minute) CD-R media at up to up to 16X speed, writes to standard CD-RW media at up to 8X speed, reads DVD-ROM discs at up to up to 8X speed, and reads standard CD-ROM discs at up to 24X speed.
The internal drives come with ImageMixer, a DVD authoring software package for Mac OS X, and Roxio Toast Lite, software for burning audio and data CDs. They’re compatible with iTunes, iDVD, iPhoto and other applications capable of burning CDs and DVDs.
The 12-inch 800MHz Apple iBook G4 with internal 2X DVD-R/RW + DVD-RAM drive has a retail price of US$1,299. The 14-inch iBook G4 933MHz and 1Ghz models, similarly equipped, are $1,499 and $1,699. The regular price of unmodified iBook G4’s are $1,099, $1,299 and $1,499 respectively.