Apple Resumes Shipping PowerBook 5300s — Following the firestorm of negative publicity concerning safety problems with the batteries in its new PowerPC PowerBooks, Apple announced on 25-Sep-95 that it was resuming shipments of the 5300-series PowerBooks, having replaced the original lithium-ion battery packs with nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries originally developed for the PowerBook 190. (See TidBITS-295.) Apple also announced new pricing for the 5300-series machines that should lower street prices by about $100. There are no known safety issues with the NiMH batteries (although I’m sure it wouldn’t be a good idea to eat one for dinner); however, they’re expected to deliver about 20 percent less battery life than the original lithium-ion batteries. [GD]
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