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All in all, the keynote audience was very pleased with the iBook except for two points: pricing and availability. At $1599, $400 more than the iMac, I think the iBook is reasonably priced for a consumer portable, but more than people had hoped for. TFT displays and six-hour batteries don’t come cheap, after all. I’m sure Apple is just as disappointed as we are that the iBook won’t be available to start the school year, but if they coulda done it, they woulda.



Michael Tsai, atpm.com

Michael Stein, spiegel.de

Schließlich kam dann aber doch noch Begeisterung in den Reihen der Fans auf. Nacheinander glitten nämlich drei neue "iBook"-Modelle in neuen Farben ("Indigo" und "Key Lime") aus dem Boden: Der "Firewire"-Anschluss für das Andocken digitaler Videokameras gehört nun auch bei den "iMacs zum Mitnehmen" zum Standard. Das Spitzenmodell "iBook Special Edition" in leicht verändertem, nach wie vor aber grauen Outfit ("Graphite") kommt zudem mit einem eingebauten DVD-Rom-Laufwerk, das auch das Abspielen von DVD-Videos möglich macht.


Michael Stein, spiegel.de

Brooke Crothers + Jim Davis, cnet.com

But Apple still has a long way to go to regain a significant chunk of the market. Apple's market share in the U.S. retail notebook market in May was a meager 2 percent, according to Infobeads. Senior analyst Matt Sargent said in a written report that Apple's share of the retail desktop market was in the same situation last year before the iMac rescued Apple from the doldrums. Since the release of iMac, Apple's desktop computer share has stayed in the 5-percent range, double their share before iMac, according to Sargent.

Dave Hamilton + John F. Braun, macobserver.com

Tangerine? Is it the fact that Tangerine is among the least popular choices of color for the iMac, or just the fact that its ugly that Apple chose it to be half the color options for the iBook? Very strange indeed although Steve Jobs' choices have proven fairly on track so far. :-)
While many had hoped the iBook would be priced a little cheaper than US$1600, when you consider the feature set, it is a great price indeed. There are no comparable Wintel laptops with anywhere near the power of a 300 MHz G3 in that price range. The iBook will be a huge success. Not "could" be, "will" be.

Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun, macobserver.com

 

Bruce Coykendall, videomaker.com

We think the iBook with iMovie 2 will prove to be a useful tool for the fledgling DV editor who wants to put together home videos with a simple interface, powerful processing and moderate price tag for a laptop.


Bruce Coykendall, videomaker.com

Dave, retromaccast.com

The fact that this, the Clamshell iBook is so adored is a testament to the fervor and passion Apple has created within it's legions of devotés. The Clamshell iBook is a wonderfully carved slice of technology. Those who have never held and operated one probably look upon it's presence with curiosity.


Dave, retromaccast.com

Holden Scott, thisoldmac.ca

This was the model that everyone was talking about. Should you buy the Pismo, or the SE 466 MHz Clamshell iBook? That was ‘the’ question during the time. While some knew that the Pismo simply had more to offer (i.e. 14.1″ 1024 x 768 screen), others were not as convinced.



Holden Scott, thisoldmac.ca

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