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The first Macworld of the new year may have left a few people disappointed with the lack of new hardware announcements from Apple. The second MacWorld, which took place recently in Tokyo, made up for this nicely with a slew of product announcements. In addidion to the new "Pismo" PowerBooks, Apple unveiled their new lineup of iBooks. In addition to the Blueberry and Tangerine iBooks Apple has added a "Special Edition" graphite iBook, perhaps to appease all of the Dvorak followers. Manly color aside, the only other significant difference between the Graphite and fruit colored iBooks is the 366MHz processor in the former. The fruity iBooks still sport a 300MHz processor, and all three have a 512k backside cache. The new iBooks don't represent a radical redesign, but rather a redefinition of the "low end" consumer portable. The former, now unrealistic, standard of 32MB RAM has been thankfully scrapped in favor of the more functional 64MB. Likewise, the 3.2GB hard drive has nearly doubled to a very respectable 6GB.

Other than these tweaks, the iBook remains the same. While the additional RAM and hard drive space are great, other items on our wish list remain unfulfilled. These items include: DVD drive, an additional USB port . The inclusion of FireWire in the "Special Edition" would have been a nice touch and would have gone a long way to justifying the $200 premium. Still, there is a lot to like about the iBook and perhaps Apple decided that adding the above items could cut into PowerBook sales. Quite the opposit may prove to be true since the new PowerBooks now include an AirPort slot for wireless networking. Below we provide you with a rundown of the new iBooks' specs. and compare it to Apple's other portable options past and present. For a comprehensive overview of the iBook visit our original

iBook information page.

  PowerBook (Lombard) PowerBook (Pismo) Old iBook New iBook
Processor 333MHz or 400MHz 400MHz or 500MHz 300MHz 300MHz or 366MHz
Backside Cache 1MB 1MB 512k 512k
System Bus 66MHz 100MHz 66Mhz 66MHz
RAM 64MB 64 or 128MB 32MB 64MB
VRAM 8MB 8MB 4MB 4MB
Screen Size 14.1" 14.1" 12.1" 12.1"
Hard Drive 4 or 6GB 6 or 12GB
(18GB BTO option)
3.2GB 6GB
CardBus Connections 1 1 - -
Optical drive CD or DVD DVD CD CD
USB connectors 2 2 1 1
FireWire - 2 - -
Wireless options -
Infrared Port
AirPort slot
Infrared Port
AirPort slot AirPort slot
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    Model/Mhz Bus Speed
    (Mhz)
    RAM
    (MAX)
    Graphics Support Expansion
    Slots
    Hard Drive
    Optical Drive
     Connectivity &Communication  Monitor

    February 2000

    iBook SE G3/366/147/512k

    66 64MB
    (320MB)

    4MB

    ATI RAGE Mobility graphics controller with 2X AGP

    Internal "AirPort" slot

    6GB Ultra ATA


    24x
    CD-ROM

    56k
    10/100 BT Ethernet

    One USB Port

    12.1-inch (diagonal) built-in TFT SVGA active-matrix display, offering 640- by 480-pixel and 800- by 600-pixel resolution with millions of colors

    February 2000

    iBook G3/300//150//512k

    66 64MB
    (320MB)

    4MB

    ATI RAGE Mobility graphics controller with 2X AGP

    Internal "AirPort" slot

    6GB Ultra ATA


    24x
    CD-ROM

    56k
    10/100 BT Ethernet

    One USB Port

    12.1-inch (diagonal) built-in TFT SVGA active-matrix display, offering 640- by 480-pixel and 800- by 600-pixel resolution with millions of colors