Apple notebooks get skinny

Apple Computer showed dealers its next-generation PowerBook computer line behind closed doors at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas last week, according to sources close to the company. The forthcoming unit, code-named Lombard, is reportedly at least as thin as Sony's 0.9-inch Vaio portable, and will feature processor speeds starting at 400 MHz with the next-generation PowerPC G4 processor.

Apple Computer showed dealers its next-generation PowerBook computer line behind closed doors at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas last week, according to sources close to the company.

The forthcoming unit, code-named Lombard, is reportedly at least as thin as Sony's 0.9-inch Vaio portable, and will feature processor speeds starting at 400 MHz with the next-generation PowerPC G4 processor.

The three-and-one-half pound portable system also features a detachable LCD display that can be replaced with goggles for so-called heads-up display.

No launch date was given for the Lombard family, although this unit is in Apple's professional line, not the forthcoming consumer portable, code-named P1.

Apple officials declined to comment on unannounced products.

Apple Computer Inc., in Cupertino, Calif., can be reached at www.apple.com.

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