- Mar 11, 2000
# Apple announces new 17" PowerBook using the same screen as the 17" iMac (with a thinner backlight). It is only 1" thick (slightly thinner than Titanium PowerBook). It features a wide-screen 1440x900 display and a 16:10 aspect ratio. It ships with an industry-first screen and a fiber-optic backlight behind keyboard as well as ambient light sensors to control lighting. It weighs only 6.8lbs and is made of a hard-anodized aluminum alloy casing. It has a 1GHz, a slot-loading SuperDrive, an, nVidia 64MB GPU (dual display support), FireWire 800 (an update version of FireWire), 60GB drive, Gigabit Ethernet. Ports: 2 USB ports (one on either side), head phone jack, line-in, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 (with an extra adapter for FireWire 400 connectivity), and built-in BlueTooth and AirPort Extreme networking with the "antennas where they belong" in the screen. The 17" PowerBook has a range equal to iBook, dubbed as the "gold standard" in networking. It uses Lithium Prismatic battery technology for 4.5 hours of battery life. It will be available in February for $3,299.