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Apple soars on Cell chip reports

While it readies extra notebooks
Thu Feb 17 2005, 09:31
IT LOOKS LIKE more Apple Powerbooks could soon bet let loose on the public. A throwaway line in the manual for the new 17-inch model reveals the existence of upcoming models with higher density displays.

As discovered by AppleInsider, the manual notes that "Depending on how your PowerBook was configured, it may have a wide-screen 'native' resolution of 1920x1200 or 1440x900".

Current notebooks ship with the latter screen resolution. A high density widescreen display would be in keeping with Steve Jobs' proclamation that this is the 'Year of HD'.

Meanwhile, we have reported previously on Apple's interest in using the Cell processor to power future machines. Apple's share price rose yesterday, amid speculation that it is soon to announce a deal with Sony/IBM/Toshiba to use the chip.

It's also possible that the deal will lead to Sony tapping in to Apple's proprietary formats to strengthen its hand against Microsoft in the media market, with the PS3 possibly offering an iTunes-style store for music and movie downloads. µ


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