Apple has updated it's iBook and Mac mini lines, adding souped up hardware to both.
The new iBook starts at US$999 / £699 and is available with either a 12.1" or a 14.1" XGA screen running at 1024x768; the rumoured widescreen models remain under wraps. The iBook now sports a 1.33GHz or 1.42GHz processor, and 512MB of RAM as standard - about time too, since OS X is horrendously slow with the previously fitted 256MB.
Both iBooks now have wireless cards as standard, presumably to compete with Centrino a little more. The graphics cards have also been updated from Radeon 9200s to Radeon 9550s which will make, well, a bit of a difference we suppose. We know the Radeon 9200s don't support the fancy desktop rendering technology in the latest version of the operating system, Tiger; we're not sure if the 9550 does either.
The Mac mini, starting at US$499 / £359 also has faster processor, more memory, a bigger hard drive, and the ability to kit it out with a DVD burner. Unfortunately, it is still stuck with Radeon 9200 graphics - Apple really missed a trick here to make this version fully Tiger compatible.
With beefier hardware, both low-cost systems now represent even better value for money, bundled not only with the XP-beating OS X operating system, but includes all the software you need to start work out of the box: Mail 2, Safari 2 browser, DVD Player 4.5, and Quicken 2005, as well the award-winning iLife suite of iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD and GarageBand.
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