iBook G3
Clamshell iBook G3
Apple code name P1
Date released 21 July 1999
Date discontinued 22 October 2003
Processor and speed PowerPC 750 - G3 at 300 MHz
System software MacOS 8.6} - MacOS 9.2.2 and MacOS X 10.2
Price at release $1,600

The original iBook G3 came in colors. With the iBook G3 at 500 MHz, Apple went back from the coloured laptops to a simple white one. There are a variety of models within the iBook G3.

Apple recommends distinguishing between the different white iBook models by looking at the kinds of connectors.


At initial release, the iBook G3 had a processor speed of 300 MHz; by the last model it was 3 times faster at 900 MHz. In January 2002, a 14-inch model was introducted side by side with the 12-inch model. Though the 14-inch iBook has a bigger screen, it retained the same resolution at 1024 by 768. The replacement for the iBook G3 was the iBook G4.


  • USB: 1 1.0 Port
  • AirPort: Add-on

Memory and Hard Drive Space

  • Initial RAM: 32 MB or 64 MB
  • Maximum RAM: 288 MB or 320 MB
  • Initial Hard Drive Space: 3.2 GB or 6 GB

Special Characteristics

The iBook is capable of wireless computing using AirPort technology. Later iBooks (after G3) could no longer run the pre OS X operating systems (although they can emulate them with classic?).




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for 500 MHz

  • 1024-by-768 resolution 12.1-inch TFT display
  • USB and FireWire® connectors
  • 4.9 pounds
  • up to 5 hours of battery life (significantly longer than many other laptops at the time of original release)

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