The iBook

Codename: P1
CPU: PowerPC 750
CPU speed: 300 Mhz
FPU: integrated
motherboard RAM: 32 MB
maximum RAM: 160 MB
number of sockets: 1 -- 144 pin SDRAM SO-DIMM
minimum speed: 100 Mhz/10 ns
built-in 64-bit 2D/3D ATI RAGE Mobility (2X AGP)
ROM: ? 1 MB (3 MB toolbox ROM loaded into RAM)
L1 cache: 32 k data, 32 k instruction
L2 cache: 512 k MB backside (1:2)
data path: 64 bit
bus speed: 66 Mhz
SCSI: none
Serial Ports: none
ADB: none
USB: 1
Floppy: none
modem: 56k
HD: 3.2 GB IDE
CD-ROM: 24x
display: 12.1" RGB 24 bit (millions of colors) at 800x600
Sound Output: stereo 16 bit SRS (built in mono speaker)
Sound Input: none
Ethernet: 10/100B-T
Airport: Optional card
Gestalt ID: 406
power: 45 watts
Battery life: up to 6 hours
Weight: 6.6 lbs.
Dimensions: 11.6" H x 13.5" W x 1.8" D
Min System Software: 8.6
Max System Software: 9.0
introduced: September 1999

Announced in July 1999 at Macworld New York, the iBook was perhaps the most anxiously awaited Apple computer ever. Aimed at the same consumer market as it's big brother, the iMac, the iBook filled the 2x2 consumer/pro/desktop/portable matrix that Steve Jobs had first detailed more than a year earlier. Its specs closely resembled that of the iMac, with the same basic i/o options, and the same "closed system" concept. In order to bring the price down as far as possible, the design team removed the PC slots, IR, video-out and audio-in ports. The iBook also lacked a high-speed data-port, such as SCSI or FireWire.

The iBook did have a number of semi-revolutionary features for such a low-end machine. It was the first Mac to include AGP-based graphics, and included a handle, a feature rarely seen in a portable. The iBook was the first Mac released using Unified Motherboard Architecture (UMA), which allowed Apple to standardize most motherboard components across all product lines.

The most exciting new feature of the iBook was the inclusion of AirPort, a wireless networking system based on existing industry standards. AirPort allowed up to 10 iBooks to connect to a single base-station, which could then be plugged into an existing ethernet network or a standard phone line. The iBook had an antenna built into the case, and a PC-card sized slot for the AirPort card.

While it was announced in July, the iBook did not ship until late-September, still in time for the back-to-school rush. At $1599, The iBook was $900 less expensive than Apple's lowest-priced professional PowerBook.

Picture: Apple Corporate Site

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