Apple Unveils G4 iBooks -- Apple Computer announced major revisions to the iBook line last week, upgrading all models to G4 processors and adding USB 2.0, Combo CD-R/DVD-ROM drives, and a minimum of 256 MB of RAM. The new iBook G4s also offer optional support for AirPort Extreme 802.11g wireless networking and ship with Mac OS X 10.3 Panther pre-installed. Three iBook G4 configurations are available: at the low end, the $1,100 model offers a 12.1-inch screen (1,024 by 768 resolution), an 800 MHz G4 processor, a 30 GB hard drive, and a scant weight of 4.9 pounds (2.2 kg). The $1,400 model sports a 14.1-inch screen (still 1,024 by 768 pixels), a 933 MHz G4 processor, a 40 GB drive, and a weight of 5.9 pounds (2.7 kg). Finally, the high-end $1,600 configuration offers the same 14.1-inch screen, a 1 GHz G4 processor, and 60 GB drive at the same 5.9 pound weight. All models offer two USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 400 port, VGA video output, support for S-video and composite video out, a 56 Kbps V.92 modem, 10/100Base-T Ethernet, and up to six hours of battery life. Optional capabilities include AirPort Extreme 802.11g wireless networking support; an internal Bluetooth module for peripherals such as some cell phones, PDAs, and Apple's new wireless keyboard and mouse; and support for up to 640 MB of RAM. All three models should be available now. [GD]
Mac OS X Zip Expanding Utility
Firefox (and possibly other applications) may ask you what you want to do with .zip archives that you download from the Internet. If you want to expand them with Mac OS X (rather than StuffIt Expander), you may be unsure of which application actually does the job. You're looking for Archive Utility (in Leopard and later) or BOMArchiveHelper (in Tiger). In either case, the application is stored in Hard Drive/System/Library/Core Services/. Don't move it from there, though, or you'll confuse matters.