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The clamshell iBook was an inexpensive notebook for the consumer market, which was offered for a reasonable 1599 US dollars and therefore initially did not include many features that were reserved for the PowerBook line for professional users:


- no stereo speakers

- no PC card slots

- no infrared port

- no built-in microphone

- no SCSI connection

- no sound-in connection

- no Firewire port (available since 2000, Second Edition)

- no video out (available since 2000, Second Edition)

- no DVD drive (since 2000 in the 466MHZ models)


Neither the processor nor the built-in graphics card could be exchanged or upgraded.

From today's point of view, the screen resolution of 800x600 pixels is the most annoying - although the installation of a high-quality TFT screen in a consumer notebook was an absolute novelty in 1999; The poorer quality passive matrix screens were common at the time.

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