The iBook is a laptop computer manufactured by Apple Computer and targeted at the consumer and education market segments.
The original iBook.
iBook (Early 2003).
The first model was released on July 21, 1999. All iBook models contained a PowerPC 750 ("G3") CPU, until the iBook G4 was released on October 23, 2003. The first-generation iBook acquired a reputation for ruggedness and durability. The second generation, released on May 1, 2001, was considered by some to be more stylish, and featured two-toned white and silver plastic and a clear external shell. Later versions replaced the transparent-and-white outer shell with a solid white plastic shell.
- July 21, 1999 - iBook (300 mhz processor / 32 megabytes RAM / 3.2 gigabytes HD) available in Blueberry (blue) and Tangerine (orange)
- February 16, 2000
- iBook (revision B) (64 megabytes RAM / 6 gigabytes HD)
- iBook Special Edition (366 mhz processor / 64 megabytes RAM / 6 gigabytes HD) available in Graphite (grey)
- September 13, 2000
- iBook (FireWire) (366 mhz processor / 64 megabytes RAM / 10 gigabytes HD) available in Indigo (blue) and Key Lime (green), included a FireWire port and video out.
- iBook (FireWire) Special Edition (466 mhz processor) available in Key Lime (green) and Graphite (grey). Also included a DVD-drive.
- January 5, 2001 - iBook (Dual USB) (500 mhz processor / 64 megabytes RAM / 10 gigabytes HD) available in only white, increased screen resolution to 1024x768, added an additional USB port. Offered a choice of optical drives (CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD/CD-RW).
- October 16, 2001 - iBook (Late 2001) (600 mhz processor / 128 megabytes RAM 15-20 gigabytes HD) increased bus speed to 100mhz.
- January 7, 2002 - iBook (14") high end model with a larger screen in the same resolution.
- May 20, 2002 - iBook (May 2002) (700 mhz processor / 20-30 gigabyte HD) added ATI Radeon Mobility in both 12" and 14" models.
- November 5, 2002 - iBook (November 2002) (800 mhz processor) now priced $200 less than previous models, "good" configuration starting at $999.
Ports on the iBook (Early 2003)From left to right: Kensington security lock, 56k modem jack, Ethernet jack, FireWire port, 2 USB 1.1 ports, video out port, audio headphone jack
- April 22, 2003 - iBook (Early 2003) (900 mhz processor / 40 gigabyte HD/ 256MB of RAM) was a processor upgrade aimed at the high end 14 inch iBook.
- October 23, 2003 - iBook G4 launched, marking the abandonment of the G3 processor across all of the Apple range, and hence Mac OS 9 is no longer bootable on any shipping machine. The new iBook features an 800 MHz G4 on the 12" model, and 1GHz G4 on the 14" model, all fitted with "combo" drives. Prices start at $1099.