Apple Computer has unveiled a new version of its iBook laptop that has been retooled for the classroom. The new iBook—touted as the first laptop designed especially for educators and students—is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, which was released in 1999. The new version, encased in white plastic, weighs 4.9 pounds, is 1.3 inches thick, and features a 12-inch display, a full-sized keyboard, and up to five hours of battery life.

Powered by a 500 MHz PowerPC G3 processor, the machine offers up to twice the onboard memory, twice the memory expansion, and

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