ibook G3 clamshell

The design of the first generation ibooks was clearly influenced by apple's consumer desktop, the imac. The clamshell design also echoed the eMate 300. Apple continued its trend of using transparent colored plastics for the shell, and released the ibook clamshell series in several colors, starting with blueberry and tangerine. later in the series apple added indigo, graphite, and keylime.

Like the imac, the ibook G3 had a powerpc G3 cpu. USB, ethernet, modem ports and an optical drive were standard. The ibook G3 was the first mac to use apple's new „unified logic board architecture", which condensed all of the machine's core features into two chips, and added AGP and ultra DMA support. The ibook was the first mainstream computer designed and sold with integrated wireless networking.

The ibook was larger and heftier than the powerbook of the time, and yet had lower specifications. Standard features like pc card slots were absent. The line continually received processor, memory, hard disk upgrades, and new colors. FireWire and video out were later added.

ibook G3 clamshell

Minimum OS: 8.6

Maximum OS: 10.3.9

Introduced: Sep 1999

Terminated: Sep 2000


CPU: PowerPC 750 "G3"

CPU Speed: 300 MHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 66 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 512 kB backside, 1:2

ROM: 1 MB ROM + 3 MB toolbox ROM loaded into RAM


Min RAM Speed: 100 MHz

Onboard RAM: 32/64 MB

RAM slots: 1

Maximum RAM: 288/320 MB


Screen: 12.1" active matrix

GPU: ATI Rage Mobility (2x AGP)


Max Resolution: 800x600


Hard Drive: 3.2/6 GB


Optical Drive: 24x CD-ROM


USB: 1

Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini

Speaker: mono


Modem: 56 kbps

Ethernet: 10/100Base-T

Wi-Fi: optional 802.11b