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Apple's BookCam Patent, End of Hard Drives, Tiny 8 GB Flash Drive, Fixing Laptop Insomnia, and More

This Week's PowerBook and iBook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2005.09.23

This Week's PowerBook, iBook, and Notebook News

General Apple and Mac desktop news is covered in The Mac News Review. iPod news is covered in The iNews Review. News about Apple's transition to Intel CPUs and other Intel developments is covered in The Macintel Report.

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.





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Apple Files Patent for Camera Built into Laptop

Patent diagramMacsimum News reports:

"On September 15, 2005, the US Patent & Trademark Office revealed Apple's patent application 20050201047 entitled Camera Latch. The inventor listed is Christoph H. Krah for serial number 800166, originally filed March 12, 2004. In this report: Background and Summary of the Invention along with special sections entitled Specific Points of Interest and Symbol Illumination System.

"The following Apple invention relates to a unique Camera that's built right into a Laptop computer via a new latch. The patent states: The portable computer includes a base. The portable computer also includes a lid that pivots relative to the base. The portable computer further includes a latch including a data capture device such as a camera that is configured to secure the lid to the base.

"To view all patent drawings with brief descriptions, see the accompanying article."

Samsung CEO Predicts Death of Hard Drives's Chris Mellor reports:

"Hard drives are living on borrowed time and will be replaced with solid-state flash memory, according to Samsung's semiconductor CEO Dr. Chang Gyu Hwang.

"Hwang's company has just launched a 16Gb NAND flash chip using 50nm technology, something he used to make his prediction."

Editor's note: With 250 GB sometimes selling for as little as US$100 and 300 GB for US$125, we're down to about 40¢ per GB. Based on the US$50 difference in retail price between the 2 GB and 4 GB iPod nanos and between LaCie's 4 GB and 8 GB Carte Orange (examined below), the new NAND flash chips have got to be in the US$3-5/GB range. It's going to be a while before they'll replace hard drives in anything but handheld devices. dk

New PB FixIt iBook G4 FixIt Guide Available

PR: The new iBook G4 product line encompasses every internal component in both the G4 iBook 12" and 14" models, over 80 parts in all. From electronics like logic boards, modems, and LCDs to case components and plastics, PB FixIt carries it.

PB FixIt offers a complete line of over 80 parts and accessories for Apple's iBook G4 series. The Company is also proud to announce the immediate availability of FixIt Guides for the G4 iBook 12" and 14" models, free online at <>.

"With our parts, you can fix literally any problem with an iBook G4. In fact, you can make your iBook better than new with our RAM, hard drive, and SuperDrive upgrades," says Kyle Wiens, PB FixIt's CEO. "Let me say that again. There is no part for the iBook G4 that we do not sell. Seriously. In fact, we sell parts for every laptop Apple has made since 1998."

"We strongly believe that Mac owners are capable of repairing their computers themselves. PB FixIt makes it easy - we provide Mac zealots with the data, tools, and parts they need to keep their machines in ripstop shape." PB FixIt's vast selection of over 700 laptop parts can be found at .

FixIt Guides are now available for these computers:

  • iBook G4 (800 MHz - 1.42 GHz)
  • iBook G3 (300 - 900 MHz)
  • PowerBook G4 Aluminum (867 MHz - 1.67 GHz)
  • PowerBook G4 Titanium (400 MHz - 1 GHz)
  • PowerBook G3 (233 - 500 MHz)
  • Mac Mini

Over 80 parts for the iBook G4 models are available immediately, in addition to PB FixIt's existing wide selection of parts and upgrades for Apple laptops. All fifteen FixIt Guides are available for free online.


How to Replace Your PowerBook Titanium Hinges

PowerPage's Vincent says:

"PowerBook-fr has just changed its design. The brand new site has added some new articles (with numerous pictures) explaining how to replace hinges of a PowerBook G4 Titanium and how to disassemble the PowerBook 12" Aluminum."


Madsonline Lucille Power Adapters

LucillePR: Lucille is a 65 watt AC adapter for specifically for the 15" and 17" PowerBooks. It will work on all iBooks and the 12" PowerBook & 15" TiBook as well. Two years in development, Lucille is three adapters in one - one adapter for your computer, one for your USB hub/cell phone, and one for your iPod. This means you can reduce the number of adapters you carry or plug into your power strip. (FYI, Lucille is the name of BB King's guitar. The design came while watching music.)

LucilleFrom the engineering perspective, this adapter is rock solid. Inside, there is a big capacitor which acts as an energy reservoir. Momentary high demands like start up draw from the reservoir which makes less demands on the switching electronics. What this means for you is longer product life.

Lucille meets Energy Star Requirements by being 87% energy efficient and draws only 0.4 watts of power in a no load state. Power management is becoming important as it is more expensive to produce and purchase energy. In comparison, the Apple adapter draws 0.9 Watts when not in use. Save a little on your electric bill by plugging fewer energy efficient adapters into your power strip. Lucille also runs a cool 59° F or 15° C under full load.

LucilleLucille is a travel adapter. It is energy efficient and dependable. Now, what would BB King do without his Lucille, What will you do without your Lucille? 2 year warranty.

  • 100 - 240 VAC input
  • 24 VDC output 2.7 amps
  • 12 VDC FireWire .67 amps
  • 5 VDC USB 1.0 amps
  • 4" x 2.25" x 1.25"
  • 32" AC cord included
  • Right angle dc plug with strain relief
  • 20 AWG. (heavy duty wire)

PowerSet2 MicroAdapter for PowerBook G4 & iBook (Dual USB)

The smallest AC adapter for iBooks and Titanium PowerBooks

  • Sturdy right angle plug.
  • Credit card size: 1.75" x 3.5" x 0.92"
  • Weighs 5 oz (w/o AC cord)
  • Heavy Duty 20 wire gauge dc cord.
  • Input: 100-240V AC.
  • 30" (76 cm) AC cord included
  • Outputs: 24V at 45 Watts continuous.
  • One Year Warranty
  • Extensively tested by Underwriter Laboratories. UL1950 Third edition, IEC 950 Second Edition with Amendments 1 to 4, Safety EN60950 with amendments 1 to 5 (11) for ITE equipment, Emission EN55022, Semko, Demko, Fimko, Nemko, VDE, EZU (Czech Republic), GOST (Russia), and MITI (Japan).

For PowerBook G4 Al 15" and G4 17" use 65 watt adapter "Lucille".

Price: $68

AC ADAPTER all G3 PowerBooks and iBooks (clamshell - pre 2001)

  • Credit card size: 1.75" x 3.5" x 0.92"
  • Weighs 5 oz (w/o AC cord)
  • Right angle power plug saves space.
  • Heavy Duty 20 wire gauge dc cord.
  • Input: 100-240V AC.
  • One 30" AC cord included.
  • Outputs: 24V at 45 Watts continuous.
  • One Year Warranty
  • Extensively tested by Underwriter Laboratories. UL1950 Third edition, IEC 950 Second Edition with Amendments 1 to 4, Safety EN60950 with amendments 1 to 5 (11) for ITE equipment, Emission EN55022, Semko, Demko, Fimko, Nemko, VDE, EZU (Czech Republic), GOST (Russia), and MITI (Japan)

MicroAdapter for pre-2001 PowerBooks/iBooks

Price: $68

LaCie's Tiny Carte Orange 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

LaCie Carte OrangePR: As small as a credit card and easy-to-use, the new LaCie Carte Orange USB key is our smallest storage device ever with up to 8 GB* capacity (at a better price per GB than flash keys). With a plug & play Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection, it can be used anywhere without the need for a cable, power-supply, or drivers (no driver needed for Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS X).

The optional extension cable is a convenient way to access computers that require a longer cable. Its compact, durable metal design stylishly supports its ultra-thin 6mm (.23") width. Store thousands of office files, photos, or songs - and even hours of video - or transfer them from computer to computer thanks to the newfound freedom and ultra-mobility that only the Carte allows.

User Benefits:

  • Credit card-sized USB key with up to 8 GB capacity
  • Compact, durable ultra-slim metal design
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 bus-powered, plug & play
  • Driver-free for Windows 2000/XP & Mac OS X

LaCie Carte Orange 8 GB

  • Capacity: 8 GB
  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 1.1)
  • Interface Transfer Rate: up to 480 Mbits/s
  • Max Sustained Transfer Rate: up to 9 MB/s
  • Size: 2.16 x 3.34 x .23 in / 55 x 85 x 6 mm
  • Weight: .12 lbs / 56g

System Requirements:

  • Windows 98SE/ME/XP/2000 or Mac OS 9.x/10.x/X
  • USB port equipped computer (with standard USB powered port)
  • minimum G3 processor or Intel Pentium II 350 MHz-compatible processor
  • minimum 32 MB RAM

Box Content: Quick Start Guide; CD-ROM with PDF User's Manual and Utilities; USB 2.0 extension cable, Silverlining drive management utility for Windows 98SE/ME & Mac OS 9.x, SilverKeeper backup software for Mac OS 9.x/10.x

Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty

Price: $149.99

Now accepting preorders. This product will ship in early October 2005.

Also Available: LaCie Carte Orange USB 2.0, 4 GB: $99.99

*1 GB (gigabyte) = 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less).

Slappa Releases New Line of Laptop Bags and Cases

PR: Slappa Distribution LLC., has announced the launch of its new line of laptop storage cases and bags. The line, as described by Slappa's website, currently features four new designs ranging from shoulder bags to backpacks, and offers one model that features the same HardBody xEVA shell featured on the award winning CD and DVD case lines.

Hardbody caseThe entire line utilizes unique mixtures of tactile materials, incorporates functional designs and of offers maximum protection. In addition to the four new models displayed on the website, the company plans to offer three more new laptop cases in the next three weeks.

"Over the past year Slappa designers have worked on developing a line of laptop and multipurpose storage cases based on the tremendous amount of input we have received from our customers, and as such have come up with a line that we believe is unrivaled," said Slappa President Dominick Martinetti. "A great attribute to this line is it can be used by business people and college students with laptops, DJ's with laptops and mixing consoles, or for general daily use. In this line we focused on functionality and tried to throw in every little detail that a laptop/electronic gadget user would want."

Locks on bagSome of the extra features found in the new Slappa line include rainproof zippers with double zipper pullers and secure lock zipper heads + combination locks that enable the user to lock each compartment of their case, rubberized name tags to easily I.D. your case, hideaway retractable carry handle (on the HardBody case), new water resistant Buck-Blast material (Metro Case), rain proof scuba-prene (Velocity bag), options of messenger straps OR traditional backpack straps and removable comfort shoulder straps with SmartClips adjustment systems. Also, each laptop case comes with a removable phone/digital music player case (featuring a stainless steel belt clip with epoxy finish).

Mr. Martinetti continued, "A digital lifestyle means lots of gear to protect. Whether you are a working DJ, a gadget happy road warrior, or just regular Joe (or Jane) Commuter, this new line is far from being limited to just a laptop storage solution. These products can also accommodate mixing consoles, tricorders, gaming consoles, MP3 players, accessories and many more digital audio/video devices."

FlipTop PRO

FlipTop ProThe FlipTop PRO is simple, stylish and protective. Made from Slappa's x-EVA, the FlipTop is ideal for porting the Slappa HardBody PRO laptop case OR can port 2 laptops (up to 16" each), or a mixing console. The FlipTop features Slappa's z-suede finish, removable comfort strap with SmartClips that enable you to easily adjust the strap length, a removable phone case with a stainless steel epoxy finish belt clip and a 3-D rubber name card holder for I.D.

Price: US$69.99

Preorder: US$59.99

HardBody PRO Laptop Case with V-Sling

Hardbody case with slingThe HardBody PRO Laptop Case with V-Sling is one tough, good looking case. Designed to protect your computer better then any soft-case, the HardBody laptop is rugged and light weight, featuring the same x-EVA used on our HardBody PRO CD case line, using industrial strength zippers, 2 zipper pullers and zipper heads that have combination lock facilities. The HardBody Laptop has lots of storage space and with it's clean lines, a retractable handle, velvet inner lining, top and bottom padding and lock down straps in the laptop compartment, a discreet double zip top storage compartment, portable mousepad, and neo-pouches for battery, mouse and papers, this case offers it all. The V-Sling is also made from our x-EVA and features z-suede finishing, with Slappa's removable comfort strap with SmartClips that enable you to easily adjust the strap length. Each case also includes 2 Slappa combination locks and a 3-D rubber name card holder for I.D.

Price: US$129.99

Preorder: US$109.99

METRO PRO All Purpose, All Scenario Laptop Bag

Metro ProThe METRO PRO is designed as the all purpose, all scenario laptop bag. Featuring Slappa's BuckBlast suede that is water resistant and very durable, the METRO bag provides clean lines and a smart look - and of course, laptop protection. The METRO has Slappa's removable comfort strap with SmartClips that enable you to easily adjust the strap length, S-lock cover fastener that easily secures the case flap, brushed steel logo, inner compartments for credit cards and change, a tuck away carry handle and gripper feet on the bottom of the case.

Price: US$69.99

Preorder: US$59.99

Velocity PRO Laptop BackPack

Velocity ProThe Velocity PRO Laptop BackPack is a great bag for the person always on the move. Slappa uses PRO-grade scuba-prene and thick molded rubber accents to provide a case that is lightweight, water resistant, never loses it's shape and provides excellent protection for your laptop or electronic gear. The Velocity BackPack series comes with either a tear away messenger bag strap OR the classic double should backpack straps (all are extra padded comfort straps). The Velocity BackPack has 4 main compartments (with LOTS of sub compartments) and a padded inner laptop sleeve in the main section (ideal for oversized laptops up to 16"). With a rubberized E.Z. grip Slappa handle, industrial strength zippers, 2 zipper pullers for each compartment and zipper head locks this case has everything the road warrior needs. We also throw in 3 Slappa combination locks, a removable phone case with a stainless steel epoxy finish belt clip and a 3-D rubber name card holder for I.D.

Price: US$79.99

Preorder: US$69.99

Product will ship on Sept. 20, 2005. Normal prices range from MSRP $69.99 To $129.99, but with the preorder specials they are starting at $59.99-109.99 for the month of September.

The Slappa Laptop case line is now available for preorder at special pricing online.


NMS Sleep Utility: A Simple Approach to Laptop Insomnia

PR: NMS is My Answer to My Laptop SIMPLY REFUSING!!! to Sleep Automatically

I live on my laptop and a huge pet peeve of mine is laptop Insomnia. It has plagued every Apple laptop I have used, even before OS X (although sleeping then was so unstable it was best to avoid it). Slowly (or not slow slowly) my system would loose the ability to sleep automatically but could usually be restored with lots work consisting of some combination of permissions repairs, Combo-udpate reinstalls, OF and/or power manager resets, and even disassembly to remove the PRAM battery. It was a pain, always failed again and always progressed to the point where it could not be fixed without a wipe and reinstall.

Not using my laptop Heavy and Hard is not an option but having it run out of juice frequently because I have to leave quickly, get caught on the phone, have a sudden bout of explosive projective vomiting or its southern counterpart, or any other reason I might forget to manually sleep my laptop... well, that's just not cutting it. What's worse is I have had systems that are so not-sleepy that they run the battery totally dead and then turn off the slow-die way which quickly kills a $100 battery.

I just need to count on my system sleeping!!!

What I want for a solution is simple. I want my OS X laptop to sleep absolutely reliably while on battery power so I never have to think about it, or fix it. I don't want the solution to be complicated (those fail too), and I want it to be cheap (or free).

I want Bulletproof and Cheap!

NMS is my answer and although it sounds hokey it actually works great.

I used the original version of NMS for a while in Panther and my laptop ALWAYS went to sleep within 6 minutes and IT WAS GREAT!!

That version was very simple with no options. It forced sleep within three minutes of the Screen Saver. Since I kept the Screen Saver on 3 minutes my system slept somewhere randomly from three to six minutes after idle.

Then Tiger came along and broke NMS, but I was busy so didn't work on it for some time. However I finally got sick of the insomnia and got a flurry of emails asking about it, so Iooked into it and changed the one line of code required. Now NMS works in Tiger. (Released as v1.11)

But given I had a dead weekend (everyone gone, car in shop) I decided to try to make NMS more useful and flexible so others might get more benefit. I added the obvious improvements although it is was still pretty basic.

So then I got to playing and updated it quite a bit. It can now operate completely independent of the Screen Saver and check the idle itself, or continue to use the Screen Saver if that works better. It is still stable with no overhead and sleeps reliably but now it has an installation/configuration application with very improved and less kludgy controls and options (hell, it has options) including direct activation on battery or AC power unrelated to the Energy Saver settings, varying of the time-to-sleep amount, or an Energy Saver Integration mode.

How NMS Works

NMS solves (for me) the constant problem of an invariably corrupt power manager preventing automatic sleep, especially on laptops and so far NMS has been bullet proof. Obviously it will not work for everyone.

NMS is just a run and stay-open AppleScript application that has been made faceless (doesn't show up anywhere in the GUI when it's running) that every so often checks in and when it sees the system has been idling for long enough, or the screen saver is running, it puts the system to sleep using a much less ignorable version of the sleep command than Energy Saver uses. Where Energy Saver says 'Come on honey, aren't you tired, what to you think about going night, night' and the system responds 'In a minute honey', NMSd is more the drill instructor approach of 'LIGHTS OUT IN 15 SECONDS, IN YOUR BUNKS NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!!!'

Its Sleep Dammit, and it works.

NMS is really a VERY simple application that uses the built-in sleep just like Energy Saver, just a different aspect of it. The included Instructions have much more detail.

The Real NMS is hidden in NMS Sleep Assist. It is the NMSd application.

NMSd is the application that runs invisibly in the background, watches for the need for sleep, checks the Sleep Holds, sets up Panther compatibility, but never takes a bow.

NMS v2.2 beta 4 is out for all to download. NMS v2.2 beta 1 thru 3 are included in the following change list. Beta 2 was never released.

NMS v2.2 beta involves a significant expansion of NMS's features and configurability.

NMSd now correctly handles a larger variety of situations including some where sleeping is not the correct behavior. It can also be configured to adapt to a wider variety of situations where the user defines what correct is. This includes correctly handling unattended wake events like you see with a modem or if the computer is set to wake on a schedule plus some ability to be configured on a per-application level.

NMSd also had a new 'Always Hard Sleep' option, a new mode for extended sleep failures, and the addition of new or improved Activities Sleep Holds, including While Printing, While Burning, and While on Dialup. Enhancement and bug fixes should also to improve NMS's ability to sleep reluctant systems. Overall the code went put through significant cleanup and reorganization as part of a review of the overall paradigm of how NMS works.

NMS Sleep Assist has its GUI completed including a significant amount of work towards Panther friendly changes, a battery installation protocol for new users, and improvement to its GUI handling of install/uninstall and start/stop.

The Script Menu Additions were heavily modified as well with significant reorganization and consolidation with enhancement of the NMSd Status application.

The list of changes.

NMSd background daemon

  • New automatic sleep hold (nicknamed the idle-wake hold) to account for idle wake events
  • Fail safe mode for refractory sleep failure added that uses a light weight "hard sleep"
  • A full time "Hard Sleep" option added to NMSd and the preference window in NMS Sleep Assist
  • A more sophisticated 'While Printing' hold implemented plus a 'While Burning' hold and While connected with PPP hold
  • NMSd and Sleep Assist modified to avoid "Where that Application" dialogs
  • Reworked idle handler to be more streamlined and less modular
  • Stats and counters upgraded to also track persistently on Panther systems
  • Now when a set Timer hard sleep arrives NMSd checks for an active user (in its user space) and alerts them of the pending sleep with options to cancel or delay
  • Further modularity of the startup routines to improve options for dynamic configuration
  • Investigational AppleScript Studio version compiled - it works - hard to control from outside as are all AS programs (not used in released NMS versions)
  • "Force Panther" mode added for testing
  • CPU Utilization Test modified so it quits any running Additions, quits Sleep Assist, and clears the Timer before running. It will also refuse to run for a time-so-sleep settings of less than 3 minutes
  • SOIL protocols added

NMSd Sleep Assist

  • Completion of Sleep Holds screen
  • Continued improvements in Panther compatibility
  • Many bugs fixed
  • GUI now adjust itself to tailor its options based on the host OS
  • Better handling of timeout errors
  • Sent to Jenny Craig (along with the Script Additions)
  • The New Install/Upgrade code, dialogs, and screens were reworked to function differently in Tiger and Panther and present the dialogs and feedback in completely different way for both with elimination of all application modal panels for Panther.
  • A "Force Panther" mode was added (similar to Force Tiger) to allow me to test the Panther code to some degree on my Tiger system.
  • Minor display on the main screen when in Panther mode fixed

Script Menu Additions

There were a large number of changes so I will list the biggies.

  • NMSd Status (now NMS Monitor) heavily upgraded and given an much more central role. It now serves as sort of an NMSd control applet.
  1. Main window further reduced in size and a second mode added that is much smaller than the normal mode. This second mode always floats and shows a subset of what the Full mode shows.
  2. Much more control and information with better feedback
  3. All displays now have embedded controls.
  4. If running it will provide an alert when Timer is nearly up.
  5. Help expanded.
  6. Has absorbed other main Additions.
  7. Will start a non-running NMSd if desired.
  8. Master mode for using NMSd selectively so that NMSd Status can be used to start and stop NMSd automatically without any need for Sleep Assist other than installing and changing advanced settings.
  • The Script Menu Additions were reorganized and renamed to improve the usability of the menu structure.
  • New main Addition added, NMS Information Display. This is a proxy application designed to be called by NMSd or non-AppleScript Studio Script Additions for dialogs and displaying results. It has no independent function. It has 7 different windows that can be called and populated.
  • A subset of the script Menu Additions were updated to use NMS Information Display as was NMSd's CPU Utilization test.

New in this version:

  • Continued changes to reduce Panther issues with the setup/config utility.
  • Script Additions improved.
  • Fixed aberrant behavior when application hold and idle-wake hold were coincident.

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 (partially tested on 10.3)

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Dell Offers Linux Laptop in France

eWeek's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports:

"While Dell Inc. recommends the use of Windows XP Professional, in France Dell and Mandriva S.A. have announced the availability of a Dell laptop preloaded with Mandriva Linux.

"This is the first time any Dell laptop with preinstalled Linux has been sold or supported by Dell. Previously, only Dell N-Series Precision Workstations with Red Hat Linux were available from Dell."

Bargain 'Books

Bargain 'Books are used unless otherwise indicated. New and refurbished units have a one-year Apple warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.

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 (VGA) and G4/667 (DVI), the titanium vs. aluminum 15" PowerBook G4 at 1 GHz, and 1.25 GHz to 1.5 GHz 15" PowerBooks.

Baucom Computers

  • PowerBook WallStreet G3/233, 128/4/CD-ROM, $200
  • PowerBook WallStreet G3/266, 128/6/CD-ROM, $229
  • PowerBook Pismo G3/400, 192/10/DVD, $395
  • PowerBook Pismo G3/500, 256/12/DVD, $449
  • 15" PowerBook G4/500, 256/20/DVD, $599
  • 12" PowerBook G4/867, 512/40/Combo, $779

Apple Store

  • refurb 12" iBook G4/1.2 GHz, 256/30/CD-ROM, $699
  • refurb 12" iBook G4/1.2 GHz, 256/30/Combo, AirPort Extreme, $749
  • refurb 12" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/SuperDrive, AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0, $1,449
  • refurb 15" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 256/60/Combo, AirPort Extreme, $1,449
  • refurb 15" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 512/80/SuperDrive, AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0, $1,899
  • refurb 17" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/SuperDrive, AirPort Extreme, $1,949

Wegener Media

  • 12" PowerBook G4 /1 GHz, 256/40/Combo, $829.99


  • iBook G3/900, 256/40/Combo, $649.99
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 512/60/SuperDrive, Airport Extreme, $1,629.99

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Prices reflect 3% cash discount. Extra fee for credit card sales.

  • 12" iBook G3/600, 128/15/DVD, $429.95
  • 12" iBook G3/600, 128/20/Combo, $479.95
  • 14" iBook G3/600, 128/20/Combo, $599.95

For more deals on current or recently discontinued models, see our Best PowerBook G4 Deals, Best iBook G4 Deals, Best PowerBook G3 Deals, and Best iBook G3 Deals.

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