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Apple’s new iBooks

Ronald Hanaki
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Sunday is usually pretty quiet around here so it may be safe to talk about the new iBooks without fear of reprisal. Apple has this press release from last week.

CUPERTINO, California—May 1, 2001—Apple® today introduced an all new iBook™–the lightest and smallest full-featured consumer and education notebook on the market today. Weighing just 4.9 pounds*, the new iBook features the first 1024-by-768 resolution 12.1-inch display in its class, FireWire® for video editing, and up to 5 hours of battery life. Starting at only $1,299, the amazingly affordable new iBook fits perfectly in today’s active digital lifestyle.

The new iBook offers the choice of a CD, DVD or CD-RW drive for easily burning music CDs, or a “Combo” DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive for both burning CDs and watching movies on DVDs. New iBooks include both iTunes, the world’s best and easiest to use “jukebox” software, and iMovie™ 2, the world’s most popular and easy-to-use consumer digital video editing software. Every new iBook model has a brilliant 1024-by-768 resolution 12.1-inch TFT display that has as many pixels as a typical 14-inch notebook display.

Steve Jobs called the new iBooks “amazing.” Despite its looks, they should be more durable than before. ASCII24 has some pictures of the new models here, here, and here. I’ll jump on this bandwagon if and when the Titanium notebooks get the GeForce2 Go.

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