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Having left in 1985, Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 and unleashed his corporate son, Ive. Apple's software was in a mess and its market share almost invisible. So Jobs went for taste, and Ive produced a series of extraordinary, wildly postmodern machines. With their translucent, candy-coloured plastics and, in the case of the desktops, large, inviting handles, they had an almost overpowering tactile quality.

Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

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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