Apple today has updated its PowerBook G4 line of notebook computers increasing the display resolution as well as adding a further hour to the battery life on the 15- and 17-inch models. In addition, every new PowerBook now includes a DVD burning SuperDrive(TM) with prices starting at just $1,499 in America.

Apple also unveiled its new Power Mac G5 desktop line featuring the Power Mac G5 Quad, providing quad-core processing with two 2.5 GHz dual-core PowerPC G5 processors. All Power Mac G5 models now feature dual-core processors, a new PCI Express architecture and higher performance graphics options including NVIDIA's Quadro FX 4500, bringing the industry standard for workstation graphics to the Mac.

In what is surely its last update before the company switches to the Intel chip next year the new laptop models have had an increase in screen resolution. The 17-inch PowerBook now comes with a 1680-by-1050 pixel resolution - 36% more than the previous generation - and the 15-inch PowerBook with a 1440-by-960 pixel resolution - 26% more than the previous generation.

The PowerBook line includes three models: the 1.5 GHz 12-inch PowerBook with an 8X SuperDrive and the new 1.67 GHz 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks with an 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support. Both the 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks include ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics with 128MB DDR dedicated video memory.

Every PowerBook includes built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) and integrated AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi wireless networking.

The 12-inch and new 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks are available immediately.

The 1.5 GHz, 12-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,499(US), includes:

- 512MB of PC2700 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable up to 1.25GB;
- a slot-load 8X SuperDrive (DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
- an 80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g Wi-Fi fast wireless networking and internal Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
- DVI, VGA, S-video and composite video support;
- two USB 2.0 ports and FireWire(R) 400;
- audio line in and headphone out; and
- a scrolling TrackPad.

The 1.67 GHz, 15-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,999(US), includes:

- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW);
- 512MB of PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM running at 333 MHz, expandable up to 2GB;
- 80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
- DVI (Dual Link for 30-inch Cinema HD Display support), VGA, S-video and composite video support;
- Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T);
- two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800;
- analog and optical digital audio input and output;
- illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor; and
- a scrolling TrackPad.

The 1.67 GHz, 17-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $2,499(US), includes:

- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW);
- 512MB of PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM running at 333 MHz, expandable up to 2GB;
- 120GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
- DVI (Dual Link for 30-inch Cinema HD Display support), VGA, S-video and composite video support;
- Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T);
- two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800;
- analog and optical digital audio input and output;
- illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor; and
- a scrolling TrackPad.

The Power Mac G5 Dual, with a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US),
includes:

- dual-core 2.0GHz PowerPC G5 processor;
- 512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;
- 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
- NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB of GDDR SDRAM
- three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;
- dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;
- 16x SuperDrive(TM) with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD1RW/CD-RW); and
- ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

The Power Mac G5 Dual, with a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US),
includes:

- dual-core 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 processor;
- 512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;
- 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
- NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB of GDDR SDRAM
- three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;
- dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;
- 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD1RW/CD-RW); and
- ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

The Power Mac G5 Quad, with a suggested retail price of $3,299 (US),
includes:

- two dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors;
- 512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;
- 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
- NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB of GDDR SDRAM
- three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;
- dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;
- 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD1RW/CD-RW); and
- ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.