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Apple Makes iBook Line More Powerful & Affordable

Press release from the issuing company

Industry-Leading Consumer Portable Now Less Than $1,000 CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 6 -- Apple today updated its popular iBook(TM) line of portables with faster PowerPC G3 processors running at up to 800 MHz and the ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics for stunning 3D gaming performance. Weighing as little as 4.9 pounds, the iBook now starts at only $999 (US), making it more affordable than ever. "iBook offers consumers and education customers cutting-edge technologies and a stunning design in a powerful and affordable package," said Greg Joswiak, vice president of Hardware Product Marketing. "With faster processors, incredible graphics and incredible new prices, the iBook delivers value in a lightweight, fully-featured notebook unmatched in the industry." In addition to faster processors, the iBook now provides incredible graphics performance with the ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics processor and up to 32MB of dedicated memory. All of the new iBook models take advantage of Quartz(TM) Extreme which uses the graphics engine to relieve the PowerPC processor of screen calculations to dramatically improve overall system performance and make the graphical user interface more responsive. For all-day mobile use, the new iBook also offers industry-leading battery life of up to six hours. Offering the latest in communications, all iBook models come with built-in antennas and an AirPort Card slot for 802.11-based wireless communications at up to 11 megabits per second. iBook now also offers a 56K internal fax/modem with support for the latest v.92 standard for new features such as faster upstream data rates. Each iBook also comes with built-in fast Ethernet (10/100BASE-T) for easy connections to networks as well as cable and DSL modems. Every iBook includes Apple's industry-leading suite of digital lifestyle applications including iPhoto(TM) for organizing and sharing digital photos, iMovie(TM) 2 for creating digital movies and iTunes(TM) 3 for creating a digital music library. Also on every iBook is Apple's new Mac OS X version 10.2 "Jaguar," offering more than 150 amazing new features including a new Mail application designed to eliminate junk mail and iChat AIM-compatible instant messenger. Mac OS X "Jaguar" enhances the mobile experience with unique features including Instant On, which wakes the iBook from sleep in just one second; Automatic Networking, which automatically switches the network connections between Ethernet, 802.11 and modem; and advanced power management through Energy Saver Profiles for industry-leading battery life of up to six hours on a single charge. Mac OS X "Jaguar" also offers integrated Bluetooth and 802.11 software for wireless communications. The new iBook is also an integral part of Apple's new Curriculum Mobile Labs, complete affordable solutions for education that combine the best curriculum software with Apple's award-winning hardware, Apple Professional Development courses and a variety of accessories to create a powerful tool designed to met the education goals specified by the No Child Left Behind Act. The iBook is now available in education for as low as $899 (US). Pricing & Availability The new iBook is available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers in three standard configurations.