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Clamshell iBooks

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iBook SE Firewire

Announced at MacWorld New York in July 1999, the clamshell iBook was dubbed as "iMac to go".

The iBook was unique at the time as it featured a handle and no latching mechanism for holding the screen. The iBook, like the iMac, included no "legacy" Apple interfaces or technology such as Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) ports, Serial ports, SCSI, or floppy drives. It did, however, contain what Apple considered to be the more important interfaces: Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports, 10/100Mbps Ethernet ports, and a 56Kbps Modem port. As with all other modern laptops, the iBook came with a CD-ROM drive.

The iBook was touted as the first mainstream wireless computer. It was also touted as being durable enough to withstand knocks and falls. To demonstrate both of these characteristics, Phil Schiller attached a USB accelerometer to his iBook and jumped while holding the iBook from a height onto a crash mat. The information from the accelerometer was transmitted to Steve Jobs' iBook using a wireless computer-to-computer network.


Date Revision Processor Bus Speed L2 Cache Max RAM Graphics Display
July 21, 1999iBookPPC 750 G3 - 300 MHz66 MHz256 KB288 MBATI Rage Mobility 4 MB12.1" - 800x600
February 16, 2000iBook SEPPC 750 G3 - 366 MHz66 MHz256 KB320 MBATI Rage Mobility 4 MB12.1" - 800x600
September 13, 2000iBook SE "366" FirewirePPC 750cx G3 - 366 MHz66 MHz256 KB320 MBATI Rage Mobility 8 MB12.1" - 800x600
September 13, 2000iBook SE "466" FirewirePPC 750cx G3 - 466 MHz66 MHz256 KB320 MBATI Rage Mobility 8 MB12.1" - 800x600


Dual USB iBooks

At a press conference in Cupertino on May 1, 2001, Apple launched the next generation of iBooks. The bold colors were removed in favor of a sleek white polycarbonate case. An L-shaped hinge reduced screen height, and the handle was removed.

Eventually the iMac followed the iBook and used a white plastic exterior.

Date Processor Bus Speed L2 Cache Max RAM Optical Drive Graphics Display
May 1, 2001PPC 750cx G3 - 500 MHz66 MHz256 KB576/640 MBCD, DVD, CD-RW, ComboATI Rage Mobility 8 MB12.1" - 1024x768
Oct 16, 2001PPC 750cx G3 - 500 MHz66 MHz256 KB640 MBCD, DVD, CD-RW, ComboATI Rage Mobility 8 MB12.1" - 1024x768
Oct 16, 2001PPC 750cx G3 - 600 MHz100 MHz256 KB640 MBCD, DVD, CD-RW, ComboATI Rage Mobility 8 MB12.1" - 1024x768
Jan 17, 2002PPC 750cx G3 - 600 MHz100 MHz256 KB640 MBComboATI Rage Mobility 8 MB14.1" - 1024x768
May 20, 2002PPC 750fx G3 - 600 MHz100 MHz512 KB640 MBCDATI Mobility Radeon 7500 16 MB12.1" - 1024x768
May 20, 2002PPC 750fx G3 - 700 MHz100 MHz512 KB640 MBComboATI Mobility Radeon 7500 16 MB12.1" - 1024x768
May 20, 2002PPC 750fx G3 - 700 MHz100 MHz512 KB640 MBComboATI Mobility Radeon 7500 16 MB14.1" - 1024x768
November 06, 2002PPC 750fx G3 - 700 MHz100 MHz512 KB640 MBCDATI Mobility Radeon 7500 32 MB12.1" - 1024x768
November 06, 2002PPC 750fx G3 - 800 MHz100 MHz512 KB640 MBComboATI Mobility Radeon 7500 32 MB12.1" - 1024x768
November 06, 2002PPC 750fx G3 - 800 MHz100 MHz512 KB640 MBComboATI Mobility Radeon 7500 32 MB14.1" - 1024x768
April 22, 2003PPC 750fx G3 - 800 MHz100 MHz512 KB640 MBCDATI Mobility Radeon 7500 32 MB12.1" - 1024x768
April 22, 2003PPC 750fx G3 - 900 MHz100 MHz512 kB640 MBComboATI Mobility Radeon 7500 32 MB12.1" - 1024x768
April 22, 2003PPC 750fx G3 - 900 MHz100 MHz512 KB640 MBComboATI Mobility Radeon 7500 32 MB14.1" - 1024x768


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