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1 GB RAM for 12" PowerBook, PowerBook G3 Teardowns, Battery Calibration, Berklee Requires 'Books, and More

This Week's PowerBook and iBook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2003.04.04

Except as noted, prices are in US dollars.

1 GB RAM Module for 12" PowerBook and 17" iMac

Germany's DSP Memory now offers a 1 GB RAM module for the 12" PowerBook and 17" iMac. The availability of this module means that the PowerBook can now be equipped with up to 1,152 MB of RAM. instead of the Apple specified maximum of 640 MB in the little portable.

The modules are suitable for the current 12" PowerBook as well as 17" iMac (2003 model with GDR RAM). Availability will commence shortly.

The GDR RAM memory module PC266 costs about € 800.

LittleAl Goes to War

USA Today photographer Jack Gruber is covering the war in Iraq with a 12" PowerBook. You can check out some photos on the Sports Shooter website.

PowerBook G3 Illustrated Tear-Down Tutorials Posted

Michale Kliehm has posted three tear-down tutorials with lots of photos for the three PowerBook G3 Series models, popularly known as WallStreet, Lombard, and Pismo.

You can check them out at:

How to Calibrate PowerBook G4 and iBook Batteries for Best Performance

Apple has posted a Knowledge Base article explaining how to calibrate your new iBook or PowerBook G4 Lithium Ion battery for best performance.

The battery of an iBook or PowerBook G4 computer has an internal microprocessor that provides an estimate of the amount of energy in the battery during charging and discharging. The battery needs to be recalibrated from time to time to keep the onscreen battery time and percent display accurate. You should perform this procedure when you first use your computer and then every couple of months thereafter.

SnowCrash Addapt Laptop Bag

Addapt expands to fit the situation. The core element is a shoulder carrying strap. Choose from the series of clip-on components to make the bag that suits what you need to carry. The five clip-on bags are scaled for different purposes: Travel bag, gym bag, office bag, computer bag, wallet pocket.

Materials: polyester fabric, aluminum hooks

Willow Releases Five New Cases for 17" PowerBook

Willow Design has released five new cases specifically designed for the 17" PowerBook. The three slipcases and two traditional briefcase style cases range from an ultra thin slipcase designed to be slipped into other bags to an extremely protective two level case for the professional with tons of peripherals and abusive usage.

The cases are constructed of tough polyester and nylon fabric with 1/2" foam protection throughout, reinforced by combinations of corrugated plastic, high density polyethylene on the handle side and hardboard on the bottom.

As with all Willow's other 38 cases specifically designed for Apple products, the new 17" PowerBook cases are covered by Willow's lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and craftsmanship.

Sylph SlipcaseSC-21: Lillooet 17" PowerBook Sylph Slipcase

The Lillooet 17" PowerBook Sylph Slipcase offers the smallest possible package for your laptop which still offers a measure of protection. A front pocket and expandable rear pockets lie flat when not in use but can bellow to carry a couple of inches of accessories when needed.

Price $93 Cdn/$64 US

Clearwater SlipcaseSC-26: Clearwater 17" PowerBook Slipcase

The Clearwater 17" PowerBook slipcase is a lightweight, compact solution for safely transporting your Titanium. Its 'end' opening makes it particularly convenient for those using with a top opening pack. The vertical orientation is also handy to minimize space in tight commuting quarters.

Price $103 Cdn/$70 US

SC-37: Vermillion 17" PowerBook Slipcase

The Vermillion 17" PowerBook slipcase offers a lightweight, compact solution for carrying your 17" PowerBook, power supply and cord and some accessories. The stylish design takes up a fairly small space but is expandable to carry more gear when you need it.

Price $127 Cdn/$87 US

Mission Light CaseNL-18: Mission Light 17" PowerBook Carry Case

The Mission Light 17" PowerBook case is a lightweight, economical solution for safely transporting your PowerBook. The simple effective design offers excellent protection for you PowerBook in a clean, lightweight case.

Price $125 Cdn/$85 US

Kemano CaseNL-19: Kemano 17" PowerBook & Peripheral Case

The Kemano 17" PowerBook Case has been specifically designed to maximize the protection of your 17" PowerBook and to compactly carry the accessories that are a part of your working system - all in a stylish, clean looking parcel.

Price $200 Cdn/$136 US

Low Cost Riser Stand for PowerBooks and iBooks has announced its iTilt riser stand for Apple notebook computers.

The iTilt is the least expensive desk top riser stand on the market. With a wide range of adjustability, stable utility, sturdy construction, and a truly attractive design, the iTilt is set to be one of the most popular accessory products of the year.

The iTilt is constructed from specially drawn wire, is coated in specifically selected white silicon rubber, and works well with any recent dual USB iBook or G4 PowerBook, including the newest 12" and 17" versions. Just set your PowerBook or iBook into the iTilt, adjust it where you want it, plug in your keyboard and mouse, and you have the best ergonomic solution available - and at the lowest price.

The MacMice iTilt is available now from the website for US$12.99. has also announced the release of an entire line of pro-quality VESA standard based ergonomic mounting products for Apple LCD displays, iBooks, and PowerBooks. The various products are being offered under the new ErgoMac trade name and are only the first of what will be the industry's only complete assortment of VESA mounting accessories for Macs and Mac peripherals.

The ErgoMac line includes two types of ergonomic mounting arms, a wall mount, and a desk stand. Used in combination with the many MacMice mounting adapters, including the new iGrab mounting plates, nearly any Apple LCD display, PowerBook, iBook, or any of hundreds of third-party Apple-related products can now take advantage of the industry standard VESA mounting system. is the first company to solve a true need in the Mac community for VESA standards based mounting devices, as this has long been a major omission from Apple's product features.

All of the new ErgoMac mounting products are available now from the website.

New CintiqPartner Pen Tablet Enables Wacom Interactive Pen Displays to Integrate With Multiple Monitor Systems

Wacom Technology, the world's leading maker of pen tablets, has announced the CintiqPartner, a pen tablet designed to use the Grip Pen from a Cintiq interactive pen display and thereby provide fast cursor control and easy desktop access in multiple-monitor configurations involving a Cintiq.

Cintiq interactive pen displays allow users to work directly on the screen with the natural control of a pen. The CintiqPartner complements that capability by allowing the same Cintiq pen to be used on the CintiqPartner pen tablet to navigate on any traditional CRT or LCD monitor.

CintiqPartner will be demonstrated for the first time at Wacom booth #SL2525 NAB 2003 in Las Vegas.

"A single pen does it all," says Michael Marcum, Senior Product Manager. "The CintiqPartner makes it easy to add a Cintiq interactive pen display to a computer system and efficiently use an existing monitor to maximize an extended desktop."

The CintiqPartner can be easily configured to span the entire desktop consisting of a Cintiq and a traditional monitor. This makes dragging and dropping icons between the monitors very intuitive.

"This is a great breakthrough for video editors, illustrators and designers who want the ability to draw and paint directly on the Cintiq as well as quickly get to palettes and tools on their other monitor," says Dan Casey, Visual Effects Supervisor of Vinton Studios, a character animation studio located in Portland, OR.

The CintiqPartner has an active area of 6" x 8". The Cintiq Grip Pen controls the cursor in any application, offers 512 levels of pressure-sensitivity and provides pen-point precision whether used directly on the Cintiq screen or on the CintiqPartner tablet.

The USB connection of the CintiqPartner allows installation on computers running either Apple Macintosh or Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Priced at $199.99, the CintiqPartner will be available from the Wacom Direct website and Cintiq authorized dealers by the end of June 2003. A $50 manufacturer's mail-in rebate on the purchase of a CintiqPartner will be available to customers who purchase a Cintiq interactive pen display between March 1 and July 31, 2003. Offer expires on July 31, 2003.


  • Cintiq 15x/18sx
  • LCD Screen Size: 15"/18.1"
  • LCD Active Area: 11.9" x 8.9"/14.1" x 11.3"
  • Max LCD Resolution: 1024 x 768 (XGA)/1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
  • Color Depth: 16,777,216 (24 bit)
  • Contrast Ratio: 200:1/300:1
  • Brightness (cd/m2): 270/210
  • Viewing Angle: 80° L/R/U/D
  • Pen Pressure, Eraser Pressure: 512 levels
  • Programmable Pen Switches: Eraser and 2 side switches
  • Coord. Accuracy Center: ±0.02"
  • Tablet Reading Height: 0.2"
  • Report Rate: 195 pps/205 pps
  • Power Supply Input: AC 100-240 V
  • Power Supply Output: DC18V
  • Max Power Consumption: 45W/60W
  • Tablet Dimensions (LxHxD): 16.0"x13.4"x2.1"/18.4"x16.0"x2.8"
  • Weight (Excluding Stand): 8.5 lbs./17.0 lbs.
  • Pen Batteries: none
  • Connectors: VGA, DVI, USB, RS232
  • Incline Adjustment: 15° to 72°/13° to 70°
  • Display Rotation: none/±180°
  • Price $1,899.95/$3,499.95

BookEndz Docking Station for 12" PowerBook Coming

Photo Control has announced that a BookEndz Docking Station for the 12" PowerBook is in the works.

BookEndz docking stations replicate all connectors and ports from the side of the PowerBook and route them to the back of the dock. The PowerBook 12" docking station is scheduled to ship in May, 2003.

A BookEndz docking station for the iBook and several PowerBook models are available now.

Berklee College of Music Requires Mac 'Books for Entering Students

Berklee College of Music has posted its new computer requirements for students entering in Fall 2003 or afterwards.

"For over a half a century, Berklee College of Music has been committed to preparing our students for the musical, technological, and business necessities of the world they will be entering. It has become increasingly clear that, to continue this commitment, Berklee students must be well versed in computer technology, and specifically, music technology.

"Accordingly, beginning in Fall 2003 semester, Berklee College of Music will require all entering students to have an Apple Macintosh laptop computer. The laptop computer must meet certain minimum standards and must be outfitted with a software and hardware package designed to effectively support the first-year music education and coursework of students at Berklee. In addition, students who plan to pursue technology-heavy majors such as Contemporary Writing and Production, Film Scoring, Music Production and Engineering, Music Synthesis, and Songwriting should be aware that these departments will require additional hardware and software components.

"Berklee uses Apple Macintosh computers throughout our curriculum because the Macintosh platform is widely used in the music profession and much of the software that supports our curriculum runs exclusively on the Mac platform. We are requiring portable computers, because we expect that students will utilize them in classes and labs. We are also expanding wireless access in public spaces around campus to the Internet, the Berklee library, Berklee online curricula, e-mail, and other services that will enhance the quality of our student's educational experience."

Bargain 'Books

There are two different versions of WallStreet running at 233 MHz, the cacheless MainStreet version and the later Series II with a level 2 cache. It's not always possible to determine from the vendor's listing which is being offered, so we've included links within this paragraph to the two models. The same goes for the PowerBook G4/667 (Gigabit Ethernet/2001) and G4/667 (DVI).



Wegener Media

PowerBook G3 Series WallStreet

  • 233 MHz, 14.1", 64/2/floppy, $399.99
  • 233 MHz, 14.1", 64/2/CD-ROM, $424
  • 266 MHz, 14.1", 288/2/CD-ROM, $449.99
  • 500 MHz, 14.1", 288/2/CD-ROM, $649

Small Dog Electronics

Power Max

  • refurb PowerBook G4/667, 256/30/Combo, free Fellowes Kryptonite Security Cable, $1,799
  • refurb PowerBook G4/800, 512/40/Combo, $1,999
  • 12" iBook 700, 128/20/CD-ROM, $888

For more deals on current or recently discontinued models, see our Best PowerBook G4 Deals and Best iBook Deals.

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