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|Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:27 pm Post subject: Apple puts Powerbook to rest
|Apple says farewell to its PowerBook line and introduces a new family called MacBook Pro based on Intel Core Duo
MacWorld -- Apple has put to rest its trusted line of PowerBooks. The series, which has won many awards for innovation and have been around for many years have now been moved aside for a new replacement -- the MacBook Pro.
MacBook Pro will be based on Intel's Core Duo processors feature performance that Apple says will be up to 5 times faster than current generation PowerBooks. The new MacBook Pro will also feature an integrated iSight camera and feature screen sizes starting at 15.4 inches. Apple has also improved the LCD panels on the MacBook Pro, taking cues from its successful Cinema Display screens to offer up 67% higher brightness and contrasts.
Other features will be an infrared sensor and an included remote control unit to control the MacBook Pro in situations like a presentation. Apple is also incorporating a new magnetic connector for its AC adapter called MagSafe which will disconnect itself someone happens to trip over the line. Other standard features are the SuperDrive DVD-RW burner already included in current PowerBooks.
Apple says that the new MacBook Pros will start shipping in February of this year with prices starting at $1999 for a 1.67GHz unit as well as a 1.83GHz unit for $2499. Apple will start taking orders today.
Specs for the 1.83GHz MacBook Pro include:
* 15.4-inch TFT display with 1440x900 resolution
* 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 Cache
* 667MHz frontside bus
* 1GB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
* 100GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
* Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
* ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory