It's Wednesday. Normally, I might have trouble filling an entire newspost for a day when we have no comic, but today, you're all in for a treat. Last night was my
news night. So, sit back and prepare to be...informed.
Warning: The following newspost contains elements of extremely geeky and fanboy-related language. Sensible readers are advised to proceed with caution. The views of the author do not necessarily reflect the views of Comics Ex Machina...but they should.
Following its immensely succesful revamp of the PowerBook with the new G4 iteration, Apple has decided to beef up little brother too. Yesterday, Steve Jobs, in a special presentation, introduced the new release model of the iBook.
Unlike the previous iBooks, and their deskbound precursor, the iMac, the new models are no longer candy coated in colorful shells. The new iBook borrows more from the PowerBook G4, with a sleek white. What it lacks in the PowerBook's metallic stylings, it makes up for in rugged durability. Like the previous iBooks, the new babies have a rubberized enclosure which makes them easy to hold. The form factor also suggests the iBook's older portable relative. They've slimmed it down to just 1.35 inches thick, 11.2 x 9.1 inches, and only 4.9 pounds! By comparison, the PowerBook G4 is an inch thick, 13.4 x 9.5 inches, and weighs in at 5.3 pounds.
Of course, the smaller enclosure has some disadvantages: they are limited to a 12.1 inch display, but Apple has upped the resolution to 1024x768, which incidentally is the resolution of my PowerBook G3's 14.1 inch screen. It remains to be seen how such a high resolution will look on such a small screen, but it's supposed to be crisp.
Anyway, shall we get on to the real nuts and bolts? Every configurations comes with the usual Ethernet, 56k modem, 2 USB ports, a FireWire port, a VGA out and a video out. The processor speed across the board is a 500 MHz G3 chip (faster than my 400 MHz chip, blah) and the hard drive is a 10 gigger (bigger than my 6GBs, grr!). The low end model comes with a CD-ROM drive, and 64MB of RAM and retails for $1299. The next step up has 128MB of RAM, and incorporates a DVD-ROM drive for $1499; the third model is 128MB of RAM and a CD-RW for $1599. But the real kicker here is a $1799 model that has 128MB of RAM and a combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive.
Of course, all the models have a full-sized keyboard, speakers, built-in microphone, a battery, and are AirPort wireless networking ready.
In a groundbreaking deal, Henrico County of Virginia has purchased 23,000 iBooks for use in their public school system. They plan to equip as many of their teachers and students as possible with an iBook. To me, this is excellent, as not only does it help Apple (of whom it should be obvious now that I am a huge fan), but also benefits education, in my mind (which I'm also a big fan of).
Anyway, enough of me rambling on about the new iBook. Head over to Apple's iBook page, or check out this nifty little video segment (especially the hinge on the thing, which is cool!).
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I was going to talk about part 2 of the excellent Making Episode II documentary at the official Star Wars site, but I think I'll hold off until Friday. I must horde these news items close so that I have something to write about!
See you Friday with Funny!
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