Apple Ships 300 MHz G3 Mac, Discontinues Most PowerBooks — As mentioned in "Current Mac Hardware: Time to Buy?" in TidBITS-419, Apple has announced the first Power Macintosh powered by a 300 MHz PowerPC G3 processor. Starting at $2,499 for a desktop model with 32 MB RAM and a 4 GB hard disk, the new machines are available now in preset and build-to-order configurations from the online Apple Store. Steve Jobs made the announcement during his keynote address at last week’s Seybold Seminar, wherein he also introduced the Apple Studio Display, a $1,999 flat-panel monitor to be available in May, and demonstrated a prototype Power Mac using a 400 MHz G3 processor manufactured with a new copper fabrication technology developed by IBM. Now gone from the Apple Store’s virtual shelves are the just-discontinued PowerBook G3, the PowerBook 2400, and the 20th Anniversary Macintosh, plus all variations of the PowerBook 3400 except the 3400c/240 configuration. New G3-based PowerBooks should replace these discontinued models by May. [JLC]
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