Remember that the iBook is not designed for professional use, and as much as a typical TidBITS reader might want additional features and capabilities, many of us aren't the target audience. Apple is targeting the consumer market with the iBook, and the designers obviously thought long and hard about which features could be cut to save money while at the same time differentiating the iBook from the PowerBook G3.


Apple Press release: Apple Unveils iBook

Apple Unveils iBook

Consumer and Education Portable is the iMac To Go Portable First to Use New AirPort Wireless Networking

MACWORLD EXPO, NEW YORK - July 21, 1999 - Building upon its success in the consumer and education markets with the popular iMac, Apple today unveiled iBook, the "iMac to Go." iBook features "all day" battery life of up to six hours, Pentium-toasting performance*, and Apple's revolutionary AirPort wireless Internet networking for cable-free Internet access (optional), all in a stunning notebook design available in two eye-catching colors - Blueberry and Tangerine.

iBook features a 12.1" TFT display for super-crisp images and video; a PowerPC G3 microprocessor that outperforms the fastest Intel processor found in any notebook PC; built-in 56K modem and 10/100BASE-T Ethernet networking; built-in CD-ROM drive; and two built-in antennas and an internal slot to accept Apple's new AirPort wireless networking card. iBook's design innovations include a rubber-coated translucent enclosure for durability, a pullout handle for safe carrying, and a unique closing mechanism without latches for faster and easier access.

iBook is the "iMac to Go" for both home and school, said Steve Jobs, Apple's interim CEO. And iBook was designed right from the start to use Apple's revolutionary new AirPort wireless networking for cable-free Internet access.

iBook, available in September for U.S. $1,599, features:

* Brilliant 12.1-inch (diagonal) active-matrix TFT SVGA display with millions of colors at 800 x 600 resolution;
* Fast PowerPC G3 processor running at 300MHz with a high-speed 512K backside L2 cache;
* Up to six hours running time on a single charge of its Lithium-Ion battery;
* Instant Internet access via 56K modem or 10/100BASE-T Ethernet using EarthLink Total Access;
* AirPort wireless Internet connection option (antennas already built-in);
* Full-size, professional-quality keyboard;
* 24x CD-ROM drive;
* Great productivity, education and games software bundle;
* USB port for peripherals such as printers, input devices and storage devices;
* The world's easiest to use operating system, Mac OS 8.6;
* 32MB SDRAM, expandable to 160MB;
* ATI RAGE Mobility graphic controller with 4MB SDRAM video memory and 2X AGP;
* 3.2GB IDE hard disk drive;
* Innovative power adapter that lets you wind up its cord like a YoYo; and
* Built-in stereo headphone jack.

* Based on industry standard ByteMark processor test.
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