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New iBook, OS X Update From Apple

In case you haven't heard, at today's Apple Event, Steve Jobs made a few new product announcements. First, Apple released a new iBook based on a G3 500Mhz processor, the lowend model retailing for $1,299. (Check the Apple Store for other config info and prices.) The 4.9lb, 1.35"-thick laptop sports a 12.1" LCD screen with a resolution of 1024x768 and is made of polycarbonate plastic, but it looks very much like the Ti PowerBook, in the photos at least.


After this new hardware announcement, Jobs announced that the OS X v10.0.2 update and iTunes v1.1.1 would be available as of 12pm PDT today (use the Software Update app). According to user reports that I've been reading over the last hour or so, it seems that the v10.0.2 update brings some noticable improvements:


  • Faster window drag & resize in the Finder
  • Much faster Finder loading
  • Less apparent VM paging with certain, common operations
  • Improved Monitors control panel
  • An actual ATI RagePro driver
  • An ATI Radeon driver

...while the new iTunes brings audio CD-burning and full screen (and fast) visuals to OS X. Great stuff, it would seem. Please offer your experiences in our discussion thread.


Links to some relevant TIL's (posted today):