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When Apple retired the clamshell iBook model in favor of the new and boxy "snow white" iBook last year, I lamented the loss of a champion. While the new iBook was a half-inch thinner, a pound lighter, a smidge faster, and could run at a higher screen resolution (1024x768) that was more suited to OS X's larger eye candy, it lacked a certain usability.

Bill Palmer, BillPalmer.net

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In March 1997 Apple released the Emate 300 for 800 $ - it was bigger than a PDA and smaller than a laptop. The emate ran the Newton operating system, the battery life was up to 20 hours. The display had 480x320 pixels in 16 gray levels. 8MB ROM contained both operating system and applications. In addition, there were 1MB RAM and 2MB flash memory available, an infrared port, and a combined serial / parallel interface. The emate targeted on the educational sector.

As Steve Jobs returned back to Apple, he stopped the whole Newton product line in 1988 . Some elements of the emate design were resumed in the Clamshell iBook: The shape, the semi-transparent housing, the interface layout and the integrated carrying handle.

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