Apple iBook G3/300

The iBook G3/300 (Original/Clamshell), codenamed P1, features a 300 MHz PowerPC 750 (G3) processor, 32 MB or 64 MB of RAM, a 3.2 GB or 6.0 GB hard drive, and 2X AGP ATI Rage Mobility graphics with 4 MB of VRAM packed into a sleek handle-equipped "blueberry" or "tangerine" case with a 12.1" TFT active matrix display (800x600 native resolution). Our model is the Tangerine version

Following in the footsteps of the iMac models, the iBook was introduced as a low-cost portable Mac for the consumer market -- and likewise lacked Firewire ports, video out, and even a microphone. However, the iBook did herald the introduction of AGP-based graphics on the Mac as well as the innovative new optional "AirPort" wireless networking card. Later to become commonplace, "AirPort" made it possible to connect multiple iBook systems wirelessly to the Internet when paired with an AirPort base station (or other wireless system).

There are two slightly different versions of the iBook G3/300 (Original/Clamshell). The original models introduced on July 21, 1999 shipped with 32 MB of RAM and 3.2 GB hard drives, and on February 21, 2000 -- to correspond with the introduction of the iBook Special Edition -- these models began shipping with 64 MB of RAM and 6.0 GB hard drives. Our model is the original version with a Family Name of M2453 and a serial number of UV0360EQHZU

Introduction Date: July 21, 1999* Discontinued Date: September 13, 2000
Processor Speed: 300 MHz Processor Type: PowerPC 750 (G3)
System Bus Speed: 66 MHz Cache Bus Speed: 150 MHz
ROM/Firmware Type: Open Firmware ROM/Firmware Size: 1 MB
L1 Cache: 64k L2/L3 Cache: 512k (backside)
RAM Type: PC66 SDRAM Min. RAM Speed: 10 ns
Details: Uses 144-pin PC66 SO-DIMM memory modules.
Standard RAM: 32 MB, 64 MB Maximum RAM: 544, 576 MB*
Details: *Apple officially reports that the maximum memory capacity of this system is 288 MB with 32 MB of onboard memory and 320 MB with 64 MB of onboard memory. However, third-parties have been able to upgrade the RAM to 544 MB or 576 MB, respectively, with a single 512 MB memory module.
Standard VRAM: 4 MB Maximum VRAM: 4 MB
Built-in Display: 12.1" TFT Native Resolution: 800x600
Details: 12.1" TFT active-matrix display with an 800 by 600 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports 640 by 480 when scaled.
Standard Hard Drive: 3.2 GB, 6.0 GB Int. HD Interface: EIDE/ATA-2
Standard Optical: 24X CD-ROM
Details: 24X tray-loading CD-ROM drive.
Standard Modem: 56k v.90 Standard Ethernet: 10/100Base-T
Standard AirPort: 802.11b (Optional) Standard Bluetooth: None
USB Ports: 1 (1.1) Firewire Ports: None
Details: One USB 1.1 port.
Thanks to for the specification

Our machine with manual was kindly donated by Simon Edmondson

Manufacturer: Apple
Date: 21st July 1999

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH18432. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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