With equal parts toilet seat, suitcase and clam, the iBook had a funny sort of charm that did little to reflect the personality of the user (unless, of course, they happened to be running away with the circus). The iBook looked more like a Playskool product than a Cupertino one, especially when appearing on a shelf next to a Wall Street or Lombard PowerBook.

Michael Simon, maclife.com

The breathing sleep light

The love for the detail shows up with the Clamshell iBook even in small things. Apple chief designer Jonathan Ive (quotation) provided for example the small green light, which signals the current energy saving mode, with gentle pulsating (instead of a mechanical on/off), which fits this sleep mode very beautifully. This detail is today still integrated in each portable Mac.

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