Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
In a media event at Apple’s Town Hall in Cupertino Tuesday Steve Jobs announced the next phase in the iBook revolution. Just as we reported here a week ago, the new iBook is essentially a miniature, 4.9 pounds version of the popular PowerBook G4 Titanium with a smaller 12.1-inch screen (with 1024*768 resolution) and a 500 MHz G3 processor.
Four versions are available with differences being base RAM and type of optical drive. Configurations include:
- 64MB/10GB/CD-ROM – US$1299
- 128MB/10GB/DVD-ROM – US$1499
- 128MB/10GB/CD-RW – US$1599
- 128MB/10GB/DVD/CD-RW combo – US$1799
- Weight: 4.9 pounds (2.2 kg)
- Width: 11.2 inches (28.5 cm)
- Depth: 9.1 inches (23 cm)
- Thickness: 1.35 inches (3.4 cm)
Go2Mac reader Woodwynlane noted that the iBook 2001 ranks as the third lightest PowerBook:
- PowerBook Duo – 4.2 pounds (1.9 kg)
- PowerBook 2400 – 4.6 pounds (2.1 kg)
- iBook 2.0 – 4.9 pounds (2.2 kg)
- PowerBook G4 – 5.3 pounds (2.4 kg)
- PowerBook G3/FW – 5.7 pounds (2.6 kg)
- iBook 1.0 – 6.9 pounds (3.1 kg)
The iBook packs a 12.1-inch TFT XGA active-matrix display with 1024-by-768 resolution – which is all the pixels of a 14-inch XGA display in a 12.1-inch display.
All configurations ship with:
- 500 MHz PowerPC G3 processor
- 256 KB on-chip cache running at 500 MHz
- ATI RAGE Mobility 128 graphics accelerator
- 8 MB of SDRAM
- AGP 2X support
- 10 GB Ultra ATA hard disk drive
- 5 hour battery life
Ports across the left side:
- v.90 modem
- 10/100 Ethernet
- 400 Mbps FireWire port
- two USB ports
- a new RGB and composite video output port
- an AV port
Video mirroring requires the includes VGA cable (left), presenting video on a TV requires the (optional US$20) Apple AV Cable (right).
Apple Store Configure To Order (CTO) options:
- 20 GB HDD – US$200
- add 64 MB RAM – US$100
- add 128 MB RAM – US$200
- AirPort Card M7600LL/B – US$99
- AirPort Base Station M7601LL/B – US$299
- Apple AV Cable M8434G/A – US$19
- Apple Portable Power Adapter M8457LL/A – US$69
- iBook Rechargeable Battery M8433G/A – $129
- 3 Year AppleCare Warranty – US$249
- Henrico County Public Schools purchased 23,000 iBooks at introduction – a whopping half of all PowerBook sales last quarter.
- Early pictures indicate that the iBook 2001 has two command keys, one on each side of the keyboard.
- The sleep light is hidden to the left of the open latch, as can be seen in the video.
- The new iBook is not available with Mac OS X pre-installed. Apple should offer a coupon for a free upgrade to Mac OS X with a new iBook purchase, but no word.
- The optical drives (including the new DVD/CD-RW combo drive) is tray-loading meaning that it is not backwards compatible with the TiBook.
- iBook 2001 QTVR Movie [464 KB]
- Learn about iBook movie
- Apple iBook 2001 press release
- Buy iBook at the Apple Store
- Apple Main iBook page
- iBook – tech specs
- iBook – digital music
- iBook – desktop movies
- iBook – graphics
- iBook – wireless internet
- iBook – software
- Macworld iBook review
- iBook Data Sheet [PDF]
- iBook FAQ [PDF]
Orders are being taken starting today at the Apple Store for delivery in “mid May.”
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