You can never have too many pixels. As the 15″ PowerBook moved to a 1440 x 960 display – the same resolution as all previous 17″ PowerBooks – the 17-incher received a high resolution 1680 x 1050 screen.
After nine months at 1.5 GHz, the 17″ PowerBook G4 received an 11% performance boost to 1.67 GHz and gained an 8x DVR±RW SuperDrive. The standard hard drive now spins at 5400 rpm. ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics are included, along with 128 MB of video memory and support for Dual-Link DVI.
After seven months at 1.33 GHz, the 17″ PowerBook G4 received a performance boost to 1.5 GHz and moved to the Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics processor.
After eight months at 1.0 GHz, the 17″ PowerBook G4 received an impressive 33% performance boost to 1.33 GHz. Along with the new 15″ aluminum PowerBook G4, it is the first Apple portable to ship with ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 graphics.
Just two months after Apple boosted the 15″ Titanium PowerBook to 1 GHz, they surprised a lot of people by rolling out both the largest and the smallest PowerBooks ever, including this 17-incher.