Apple has revamped its G4 PowerBooks with higher-resolution displays and up to one hour more battery life.

Processors remain G4, but all new PowerBooks now include a SuperDrive, with double-layer support on the new models. The new models are available now.


"The Apple PowerBook continues to deliver the ultimate in portability, performance and innovative features," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.

"Our mobile customers are going to love working on the new high-resolution PowerBook displays and appreciate the added productivity that one more hour of battery life delivers."

Bigger and brighter

The 17-inch PowerBook offers a 1,680-x-1,050 pixel resolution - 36 per cent more than before, while the 15-inch PowerBook supports a 1,440-x-960 pixel resolution - 26 per cent more than the previous generation.

The PowerBook range includes three models: The 1.5 GHz 12-inch PowerBook with an 8X SuperDrive and new 1.67GHz 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks with an 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support.

Both the 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks host ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics with 128MB DDR dedicated video memory and support Apple’s 30-inch Cinema HD Display.

Other features include built-in Bluetooth 2.0; integrated AirPort Extreme; a scrolling TrackPad and Apple's Sudden Motion Sensor technology. All new Macs ship with Mac OS X 10.4 and iLife 05.

Product details

The 80GB 1.5GHz, 12-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of £1,099, includes:

512MB of memory (up to 1.25GB supported);
DVI, VGA, S-video and composite video support;
Two USB 2.0 ports and FireWire 400;
Audio line in and headphone out.

The 80GB 1.67GHz, 15-inch PowerBook G4 costs £1,399 and features:
512MB of memory (up to 2GB supported);
80GB hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor;
DVI, VGA, S-video and composite video support;
Two USB 2.0 ports and FireWire 400 and 800;
Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T);
Analogue and optical digital audio input and output;
Illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor.

The 120GB 1.67GHz, 17-inch PowerBook G4 costs £1,749 and features:
512MB of memory (up to 2GB supported);
DVI, VGA, S-video and composite video support;
Two USB 2.0 ports and FireWire 400 and 800;
Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T);
Analogue and optical digital audio input and output;
Illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor.

All prices include VAT.