Apple has boosted its G4 PowerBooks and cut prices across the range.

The whole range now features integrated AirPort 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0 (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless networking and two new Apple patent-pending technologies – the scrolling TrackPad and the Sudden Motion Sensor.

Apple claims it is the first notebook maker to include integrated Bluetooth 2.0 (Enhanced Data Rate) across its range. Enhanced Data Rate offers up to three times greater data rates, up to 3 Mbps, for faster wireless connectivity

The patent-pending scrolling TrackPad allows users to scroll through long web pages or across large photographs. The technology works when two fingers are used to touch the trackpad instead of one.

Every PowerBook also includes Apple's patent-pending Sudden Motion Sensor technology to protect the PowerBook if it is dropped. A tri-axis accelerometer helps protect a spinning hard drive. If it detects the motion associated with a fall it parks the hard drive heads so they won’t scratch the disks on impact, lessening the risk of damage and improving the chances of retrieving valuable data.

In addition, the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBooks now boast an "Enhanced Backlit keyboard" that is "up to 10 times brighter than before".

Specs up

The new models now start at £1,099 for the 12-inch Combo, a £50 saving on the previous entry-level model. This model now includes a 1.5GHz PowerPC G4, rather than the 1.33GHz processor in the last version. Memory in the 12-inch Combo has been doubled from 256MB to 512MB.

The 12-inch SuperDrive now features a faster 8x SuperDrive and retails at £1,199. It was previously £1,249. It also includes a 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 and 512MB memory. Unlike its predecessor, which featured 60GB, it now boasts 80GB.


The price of the 15-inch Combo has increased slightly. It now costs £1,379, rather than £1,349. It also features 1.5GHz, 512MB memory, and an 80GB hard disk (was 60GB).

The 15-inch SuperDrive is £120 cheaper than its predecessor at £1,579. It features 1.67GHz rather than 1.5GHz, 512MB memory, and a 80GB hard disk.

The flag-ship 17-inch SuperDrive is £50 cheaper than the previous model. It features 1.67GHz, 512MB memory and a 100GB hard disk (previously 80GB). It also features combined analogue and digital I/O.

The 17-inch PowerBook now features Dual Link support so Apple's 30-inch Cinema HD Display can be used as an external monitor. This feature is also available as a build-to-order option on the 1.67 GHz model of the 15-inch PowerBook.