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Opinion: The top 10 standout Macs of the past 25 years - The iBook (1999)
...Most importantly, it was the first-ever mainstream consumer device that showcased wireless networking, something Jobs nonchalantly debuted during the 1999 Macworld Expo & Conference. Dubbed AirPort, Apple's implementation of Lucent's wireless technology quickly allowed wireless networking with a minimum of fuss.


Michael deAgonia, Computerworld.com

Codename P1: bMate, WebMate, eBook, iBook?

David Moody, Apple's director of worldwide desktop product marketing, said during his keynote speech at Macworld Expo Singapore '98: "In the first half of 1999, we will be able to show you something completely new at the portable end of the consumer space" . When Steve Jobs presented the PowerBook Lombard which was part of the professional line in May 1999 he had to put the audience off who was waiting for the new comsumer notebook: "later this year".

P1 was Apple's preliminary name of the portable computer - bMate, WebMate, eBook and iBook were most frequently mentioned names in magazines and websites. Apple Fans around the world speculated about the design which was expected a mixture of the eMate 300, the iMac and the PowerBook Wallstreet.

 




















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