Apple Launches Faster PowerBooks With Drop-Protection - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

Apple Launches Faster PowerBooks With Drop-Protection

Apple beefs up its business-class PowerBook notebook line by adding more memory and faster processors.

Apple on Monday beefed up its business-class PowerBook notebook line by adding more memory, faster processors, and an airbag-style feature that protects the hard drive if the computer's dropped.

The five new PowerBooks -- available with 12-, 15-, and 17-inch displays -- all come with 512MB of memory standard, a doubling from the previous minimum in the machines. Apple touted other performance and productivity enhancements, including faster hard drives, Bluetooth 2.0 and a brighter backlight for the keyboard in the 15- and 17-inch notebooks.

Also, the line, which earlier topped out with a 1.5GHz processor, now can be equipped with 1.67GHz PowerPC, and the low-end, once 1.33MHz, is now 1.5MHz.

Apple's introducing its scrolling TrackPad in the new PowerBooks -- touching the pad with two fingers rather than one scrolls or pans within the active window -- and its Sudden Motion Sensor technology that detects sudden movement, such as a fall, and then locks down the hard drive. The latter's not new to notebooks: IBM has boasted a similar feature in its ThinkPad laptops for some time.

The PowerBooks will be this week in retail and direct from Apple at its online store, at prices ranging from $1,499 to $2,699. The 15-inch model equipped with a 1.67MHz PowerPC, 512MB of memory, and a 80GB hard drive, for instance, prices out at $1,999, identical to the earlier 15-inch model that sported a 1.33MHz processor, 256MB of memory, and a 60GB drive.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
News
Achieving Techquilibrium: Get the Right Digital Balance
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  10/22/2019
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Edge Computing
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  10/15/2019
Slideshows
IT Careers: 12 Job Skills in Demand for 2020
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  10/1/2019
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Getting Started With Emerging Technologies
Looking to help your enterprise IT team ease the stress of putting new/emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT to work for their organizations? There are a few ways to get off on the right foot. In this report we share some expert advice on how to approach some of these seemingly daunting tech challenges.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll