PowerBook and PowerMac Details Emerge

AppleInsider has released an article claiming that the long-rumored updates to Apple’s PowerBook laptop line have been delayed by a series of small issues. It seems that although the PowerBooks will not see a speed bump (or a small one if any), there will be several other enhancements made to the line.

Much of the allure that will surround the new 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBooks will be due to component enhancements such as higher-density displays. Previously published Apple documentation hints that the 17-inch model will sport a native resolution near 1920 x 1200 pixels.

Internally, the new PowerBooks are said to sport DDR2 memory (and the Intrepid 2 chipset), larger hard disk drives, slightly improved battery life and dual-layer DVD burning SuperDrives. There’s also a possibility, sources say, that dual-layer SuperDrives included with the systems will be Blu-ray drives. However, this is far from certain (and we wouldn’t count on it).

The PowerBook updates are scheduled to be released via Apple’s website on October 19th, but that could be delayed by as much as a week.

Around the same time, Apple is also expected to release updates to it’s PowerMac line-up.

Each new PowerMac will boast two of the PowerPC 970MP processors for a total of four cores of processing power. Improved PCI-E-based graphics and dual-layer SuperDrives are also a lock, sources added.

You can probably expect these updates to be the last two PowerPC-based machines to be released by Apple.

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