Check this page for all the details on the brand new G4 Powerbooks (which means G5s probably won’t roll out for another 6 months to a year). Besides the faster processors in all three models, two interesting tidbits caught my eye on the page:
. . . every PowerBook G4 features a new trackpad with scrolling capability. Just drag two fingers over the trackpad to scroll vertically and horizontally or pan around any active window. Change this feature to suit your needs: Customize your trackpad settings or turn off scrolling completely via System Preferences.
Now every PowerBook G4 is equipped with Apple’s Sudden Motion Sensor to help protect your most valuable asset: your data. The Sudden Motion Sensor senses change in axis position and accelerated movement. In the event of a drop or fall, the Sudden Motion Sensor instantly parks the hard drive heads so they wonâ€™t scratch the disks on impact, lessening the risk of damage and improving your chances of retrieving valuable data. When the Sudden Motion Sensor senses your PowerBook is once again level, it unlocks the hard drive heads automatically.
Both of these are cool additions to the Powerbook line, but I wonder if the first one is actually a hardware addition, or a simple matter of a different driver for the trackpad. If the latter, it would be nice to see it rolled out for my 12-inch.
Oh, yeah, and they come with Bluetooth 2.0. Sweet!