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Apple Introduces New 15-inch PowerBook

Joins New 17- and 12-inch Models to Complete PowerBook Line

APPLE EXPO, PARIS—September 16, 2003—Apple® today introduced the all-new 15-inch PowerBook® G4, offering an unrivaled mix of power and portability in a sleek aluminum design weighing just 5.6 pounds. Featuring a stunning 15.2-inch widescreen display, phenomenal graphics, Apple’s revolutionary backlit keyboard and advanced connectivity including AirPort® Extreme, Bluetooth, FireWire® 800, USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet, the new 15-inch PowerBook G4 starts at just $1,999 (US).

The 15-inch PowerBook G4 joins new models of the groundbreaking 17- and 12-inch PowerBooks to complete the industry-leading family of notebooks for mobile professionals. The new 17-inch model features a significant performance boost with a 1.33 GHz G4 processor that includes double the amount of on-chip level 2 cache and is now available for $2,999 (US)—$300 less than before. The new 12-inch model features a 1 GHz G4 processor and includes a Digital Video Interface (DVI) port for a pure digital connection to any of Apple’s flat panel displays.

“Apple continues to lead the industry’s move to portable computing by delivering the world’s most innovative notebooks,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The new 15-inch PowerBook G4 succeeds the legendary Titanium PowerBook G4, the industry’s first widescreen notebook introduced in January 2001. With its speed, widescreen display, connectivity and ultra-light aluminum enclosure, the new 15-inch PowerBook G4 sets the bar for professional notebooks even higher.”

Designed for creative and business professionals, the new 15-inch PowerBook G4 offers Apple’s revolutionary backlit keyboard with ambient light sensors for working in low-light conditions such as airplanes and design studios—not to mention blackouts. The new 15-inch PowerBook G4 now includes a fast PowerPC G4 processor running up to 1.25 GHz with 512KB on-chip level 2 cache, phenomenal graphics performance from the ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 with 64MB DDR RAM, support for up to 2GB of DDR 333 MHz SDRAM and a 60 or 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive. Delivering the latest in wireless networking, the new 15-inch PowerBook G4 supports AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth and provides advanced connectivity with a full complement of I/O ports, including built-in Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T), USB 2.0 and high-speed FireWire 800 for fast transfer of uncompressed digital video to high-capacity storage devices.

The 17-inch PowerBook is the industry’s first notebook with a stunning 17-inch display and is the thinnest and lightest in its class. Ideal for professional graphic design, video editing and music production, it measures only 1-inch thin and weighs just 6.9 pounds. The new 17-inch PowerBook G4 now starts at $2,999 (US) and features a blazingly fast 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 processor; outstanding performance from the ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 with 64 MB DDR SDRAM; support for up to 2GB of DDR 333 MHz SDRAM; an 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive; and a full complement of I/O ports, including built-in Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T) and high-speed FireWire 800 for fast transfer of uncompressed digital video to high-capacity storage devices.

The new 12-inch PowerBook G4 weighs just 4.6 pounds and features a 12.1-inch (diagonal) TFT XGA active-matrix display. The ultra-light and compact full-featured notebook now includes a fast 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor; enhanced graphics performance with the NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5200 graphics processor and 32MB of DDR SDRAM; support for up to 1.25GB of DDR 266 MHz SDRAM; and support for digital and analog video out with DVI, VGA, S-video and composite video.

Pre-installed on every PowerBook G4, Mac® OS X “Jaguar” version 10.2.7, enhances the mobile experience with unique features including Instant On, which wakes the PowerBook from sleep in just one second; Automatic Networking, which automatically switches the network connections between Ethernet, 802.11 and modem; and advanced power management for long battery life through Energy Saver Profiles. Every new PowerBook G4 includes Apple’s iLife™ applications, an integrated suite of award-winning software, including iTunes® for managing digital music, iPhoto™ for organizing and sharing digital photos, iMovie® for digital movie-making, and iDVD™ for creating and burning Hollywood-style DVDs.

Pricing & Availability
The new 15- and 17-inch PowerBook G4 models are available immediately, and the new 12-inch PowerBook G4 is expected to be available later this month through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 1.0 GHz, 15-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

The 1.25 GHz, 15-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $2,599 (US), includes:

The 1.33 GHz, 17-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $2,999 (US), includes:

The 1.0 GHz, 12-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,599 (US), includes:

The 1.0 GHz, 12-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:

Additional build-to-order options for the new PowerBook G4 line include the ability to upgrade to up to 2GB of DDR RAM, backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor for the 15-inch PowerBook, the SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) optical drive, an 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive with 5400-rpm performance for the 15- and 17-inch PowerBook, AirPort Extreme Base Station, AirPort Extreme Card and the AppleCare® Protection Plan.

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