Apple Unveils New PowerBook: The Fastest Portable Ever

Faster Processor, Built-in FireWire and Longer Battery Life

MACWORLD EXPO TOKYO—February 16, 2000—Apple® today unveiled its new PowerBook®, the ultimate portable tool for creative professionals. Powered by PowerPC G3 processors running at up to 500 MHz, the new PowerBook features up to 10 hours of battery life* and two built-in FireWire® ports, which let creative professionals easily transfer pro-quality digital video with DV camcorders or external hard drives. Coupled with Apple’s Final Cut Pro™ 1.2 software, the new PowerBook is a complete pro-quality mobile video editing system.

“The new PowerBook is the best tool in the world for creative professionals,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “For example, with Final Cut Pro video editing software, it’s the ultimate mobile movie studio.”

The new PowerBook is AirPort™ ready with a built-in slot for the AirPort Card and two built-in antennas for communicating with the AirPort Base Station. AirPort, Apple’s revolutionary wireless networking solution, provides totally untethered Internet access at speeds of up to 11 megabits per second.

Providing outstanding desktop performance in a slim, lightweight design, the new PowerBook outperforms Pentium III-based notebook systems by up to 30 percent**. Key features include:

Pricing and Availability The new PowerBook is available immediately from Apple Authorized Resellers and The Apple Store™ ( in two standard configurations:

Additional build-to-order options for the new PowerBook include: an 18GB hard drive; up to 512MB of RAM; and third-party options such as the Adaptec PC Card SCSI Adapter, and ZIP and SuperDisk expansion bay modules from VST Technologies.

* Up to 10 hours using the system’s dual-battery capability.
** Based on 16 actions in Adobe Photoshop 5.5 when running on battery and AC power.

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