ibook G3 snow

The  next generation ibook G3 lost the previous bold colors and bulky form-factor, as were the handle, latch-less design, and additional power connectors on the bottom surface.

The resulting ibook was available in white only, hence the name „snow" and incorporated transparent polycarbonate in its casing. It was 30% lighter, and occupied less than half of the volume of the model it replaced, being smaller in all 3 dimensions. Despite that, it added an extra USB port and a higher resolution screen. Apple claimed the compact design did not sacrifice durability, saying it was “twice as durable” as the previous model.

With this revision, apple began transitioning to translucent and white polycarbonate casings in most of its consumer line, such as the imac and the emac. In contrast, most of its professional products used an anodized aluminum finish. Near the end of its run, the snow ibook G3 case became opaque and white instead of translucent white and magnesium.

ibook G3 snow

Minimum OS: 10.4.6

Maximum OS: 10.6.8

Introduced: May 2006

Terminated: Nov 2006


CPU: Intel Core Duo (T2xxx)

CPU Speed: 1.83/2.0 GHz

CPU Cores: 2

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 667 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 32-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 2 MB on-processor


RAM Type: PC2-5300 SO-DIMM

Min RAM Speed: 667 MHz

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 2

Maximum RAM: 2 GB


Screen: 13.3" active matrix TFT

GPU: Intel GMA950

VRAM: 64 MB shared (see notes)

Max Resolution: 1280x800

Video Out: mini-DVI

Camera: iSight


Hard Drive: 60/80 GB 5400 RPM (w/SMS) (100/120 GB 5400 rpm BTO)

ATA Bus: Serial-ATA

Optical Drive: 24x/24x/10x/8x/4x/4x CD-RW/DVD±RW


USB: 2 2.0

Firewire: 1

Audio Out: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF

Audio In: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF

Speaker: stereo

Microphone: mono


Ethernet: 10/100/1000BaseT

Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g

Bluetooth: 2.0+EDR