Apple’s first consumer/education notebook shipped in 1999 and broke a lot of new ground. From the durable construction and floppy-drive free design to its fruity iMac inspired styling and, of course, 802.11b (11Mbps) wi-fi networking, the clamshell (a.k.a. toilet seat) iBook was very much different and in many ways better than anything else on the market at the time.

Ronald O. Carlson, mac.blorge.com

Clamshell Sounds

Clamshell sounds
Can you buy anything from the internet? The website sound-effects.com offers 39 original Clamshell sounds such as CD spin, startup chime, handle snap - each for a fist full of dollars. Good news: you can listen to them for free.

Logicboard error only in white iBooks

The iBook Clamshell series was replaced in 2001 by the new white iBook. But soon Apple had to face a growing number of complaints about logicboard failures.

The Expanded iBook Logic Board Repair Extension Program was a worldwide program covering repair or replacement of the logic board in iBook models manufactured between May 2001 and October 2003 that are experiencing specific component failures - it ended in July 2007.

The program was available for certain iBook G3 models (see below for a complete list) with serial numbers in the following range:


iBooks with the serial numbers listed above may be referred to as:

  • iBook (16 VRAM)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD 16 VRAM)
  • iBook (Opaque 16 VRAM)
  • iBook (32 VRAM)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (800MHz 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (900MHz 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD 900MHz 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (Dual USB)
  • iBook (Late 2001)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD)

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The iBook Clamshell series never had any quality issues. If you're looking for a long lasting notebook, choose a Clamshell.


Clamshell Mod with a touchscreen

Do you know the ModBook - a MacBook modified to a full-featured Tablet PC ? In 2001, there was a similar project with the iBook clamshell called

Gemini computer.

The Topcase with a built-in touchscreen display had place enough for the needed extra electronic parts, keyboard and touchpad were gone.

Bulletproof Clamshell

In the Apple discussion forum a sergeant from the U.S. Marine Corps, who was a year in Iraq reported that his vehicle was hit by a road side bomb.

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He luckily survived with minor injuries-as well as his Clamshell iBook which was in its case and worked flawlessly after the incident. The ownly mark was a small crack in the case near the ethernet port.

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