Apple Unveils iBook Consumer Portable with Wireless Internet Access at Macworld Expo
QuickTime TV Debuts with One-Click Access to Highest-Quality Content on Internet
MACWORLD EXPO, NEW YORK—July 21, 1999—During the kick-off keynote today, Apple introduced iBook, the first consumer portable to provide untethered Internet access for home and schools via AirPort, Apple’s revolutionary new wireless local area network (LAN) solution. The Company also unveiled QuickTime TV (QTV), the Internet’s highest-quality network for web-based video and audio, seamlessly integrating four key elements: Apple’s award-winning QuickTime 4 Player software; Apple’s open-source QuickTime Streaming Server software; the Apple/Akamai Technologies streamed content delivery service; and compelling content from leading providers.
Building upon its success in the consumer and education markets with the popular iMac, Apple’s iBook, the “iMac to Go” features “all day” battery life of up to 6 hours, a PowerPC G3 processor that outperforms the fastest Intel processor found in any notebook PC*, and Apple’s revolutionary AirPort wireless networking for cable-free Internet access (optional), all in a stunning notebook design available in two eye-catching colors—Blueberry and Tangerine. Additional iBook features include a 12.1” TFT display for super crisp images and video, built-in 56K modem and 10/100BASE-T Ethernet networking, built-in CD-ROM drive, and two built-in antennas and an internal slot to accept Apple’s new Airport wireless networking card. iBook’s design innovations include a rubber-coated translucent enclosure for durability, a pullout handle for safe carrying, and a unique closing mechanism without latches for faster and easier access.
QTV, the Internet’s highest performance network for web-based video and audio, seamlessly integrates Apple’s QuickTime Streaming Server with Akamai Technologies’ global Internet content delivery service to give Macintosh and Windows users one-click access to high-quality, popular content, free of charge to viewers at www.apple.com. QTV provides leading content providers with the fastest, most reliable distribution network available. New “intercasters” on the QTV network include ABC News, Disney, ESPN, The Knitting Factory, RollingStone.com, VH1 and Virgin Radio.
Demonstrating continued enthusiasm for the Macintosh platform, Apple today also announced that third-party developers have introduced nearly 5,000 new Macintosh software and hardware products in the past 12 months. In one year, third-party software developers have announced 3,935 new software titles for the Macintosh platform. Hardware manufacturers—fueled in part by iMac’s support for the Universal Serial Bus (USB) and the Power Macintosh G3 computer’s support for USB and Firewire—have developed more than 1,053 new products, ranging from storage devices, printers, scanners and cameras to game controllers. Forty new FireWire devices and 37 Universal Serial Bus (USB) peripherals will make their debut this week at Macworld. The new hardware and software products announced today bring the total number of products shipping on the Mac platform to 13,100. A complete list of products is available in the Macintosh Products Guide at www.apple.com/guide.
Apple Computer, Inc. ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is now recommitted to its original mission—to bring the best personal computing products and support to students, educators, designers, scientists, engineers, businesspersons and consumers in over 140 countries around the world.
* Based on industry standard ByteMark processor test.
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