New PowerBooks! New PowerBooks! Oh and PowerMacs too…

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 21:46
Category: Hardware

Apple used a press event in New York today to announce some new hardware and software. The event was held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on the eve of PhotoPlus Expo, a large photography trade show. The new announcements included new PowerBook G4s, PowerMac G5s and a new professional post production photo application called Aperture. Specifications are as follows:
powerbook-g4-17-oct05.pngPowerBook G4 (15-inch)
- 1.67MHz
- 1440 x 960 pixel display, providing 26 percent more resolution
- DVI output with dual link for Apple 30″ Cinema display support
- 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM @ 333MHz, expandable to 2GB
- 80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 RPM) hard drive w/Sudden Motion Sensor
- 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
- 22% greater battery life (an extra hour of run time)
- US$1,999 (down from US$2,299)
PowerBook G4 (17-inch)
- 1.67MHz
- 1680 x 1050 pixel display, providing 26 percent more resolution (The same resolution as Apple 20″ Cinema Display.)
- DVI output with dual link for Apple 30″ Cinema display support
- 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM @ 333MHz, expandable to 2GB
- 120GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 RPM) hard drive w/Sudden Motion Sensor
- 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
- 22% greater battery life (an extra hour of run time)
- US$2,499 (down from US$2,699)
The new 15 and 17-inch PowerBooks are available with 100 and 120GB (5400RPM) hard drives and up to 2GB of SDRAM as built-to-order options.
The PowerBook 12-inch (1.5GHz) remains the same but is available with a 100GB/5400RPM hard drive and up to 1.25GB of RAM as built-to-order options. US$1,499 (down from US$1,699). All three PowerBook models had their prices lowered by $200.
Apple also announced new PowerMacs G5s today with dual-core processors. Click through for all the specs…


Apple used a press event in New York today to announce some new hardware and software. The event was held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on the eve of PhotoPlus Expo, a large photography trade show. The new announcements included new PowerBook G4s, PowerMac G5s and a new professional post production photo application called Aperture. Specifications are as follows:
powerbook-g4-17-oct05.pngPowerBook G4 (15-inch)
- 1.67MHz
- 1440 x 960 pixel display, providing 26 percent more resolution
- DVI output with dual link for Apple 30″ Cinema display support
- 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM @ 333MHz, expandable to 2GB
- 80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 RPM) hard drive w/Sudden Motion Sensor
- 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
- 22% greater battery life (an extra hour of run time)
- US$1,999 (down from US$2,299)
PowerBook G4 (17-inch)
- 1.67MHz
- 1680 x 1050 pixel display, providing 26 percent more resolution (The same resolution as Apple 20″ Cinema Display.)
- DVI output with dual link for Apple 30″ Cinema display support
- 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM @ 333MHz, expandable to 2GB
- 120GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 RPM) hard drive w/Sudden Motion Sensor
- 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
- 22% greater battery life (an extra hour of run time)
- US$2,499 (down from US$2,699)
The new 15 and 17-inch PowerBooks are available with 100 and 120GB (5400RPM) hard drives and up to 2GB of SDRAM as built-to-order options.
The PowerBook 12-inch (1.5GHz) remains the same but is available with a 100GB/5400RPM hard drive and up to 1.25GB of RAM as built-to-order options. US$1,499 (down from US$1,699). All three PowerBook models had their prices lowered by $200.
Apple also announced new PowerMacs G5s today with dual-core processors. Specifications are as follows:
powermac-g5-dual-core.jpgPowerMac G5 Dual
- Single dual-core PowerPC G5 processor
- 512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SRAM, expandable to 16GB
- Up to 1TB of hard drive space
- PCI Express architecture
- Mighty mouse and Apple keyboard included
- 2.0GHz (US$1,999)
- 2.3GHz (US$2,499)
- Shipping now
PowerMac G5 Quad
- Two dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors
- Four processor cores
- Eight floating point units
- Four Velocity engines
- Four 1MB L2 Caches
- 76.6 Gigaflops
- US$3,299
- Shipping in November
New graphics options are available:
- NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB RAM, standard
- NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT with 256MB RAM (optional)
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 with 512MB RAM (optional)
Other notes:
- NVIDIA’s Quadro FX 4500 is the fastest workstation graphics card
- Drives the Apple 30″ Cinema Display
- PCI Express Architecture can drive up to four Quadro FX 4500s at once (16 million pixels)
Apple also announced new lower prices on the 23-inch (US$1299) and 30-inch (US$2499) Apple Cinema displays and the first all-in-one post production application for photographers, called Aperture.

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