July 26, 2005: Last iBook Introduced

by Chris Seibold Jul 26, 2011

When the first iBook was introduced it was clearly aimed at consumers, everything from the funky shape to the impossible to miss colors screamed that this was not a laptop aimed at the professional.

The intervening years saw the looks transform from play doh flouresccent to a subdued white. The shape was also updated to the more familiar Apple rectangle and the model line was expanded to include two different iBooks, a twelve and fourteen inch model.

The other notable change in the iBooks was their increasing parity with PowerBooks. At the end of the PowerBook's life, the iBook featured a G4 processor a scant .08 GHz slower than the twelve-inch PowerBook's processor, shared the scrolling trackpad and built in Airport. There were differences, but most of them were only apparent to the pros. The last iBook was introduced on July 26, 2005.


  • The other notable change in the iBooks was their increasing parity with PowerBooks.

    I think this is still true in many ways with the Macbook and Macbook Pro.  In fact, I actually prefer the new keys to the MBP model.  While it has undeniably fewer features, those features aren’t all that big a deal, IMO—no smart card slot, an on-board gfx card, slightly smaller screen, and so on, none of which adds up to paying the $1000 difference for most consumers.  And since my work isn’t gfx card dependent, it would be difficult for me to justify as well.

    Beeblebrox had this to say on Jul 26, 2006 Posts: 2220
  • However it is highly hygroscopic and unless properly stored under strictly monitored conditions, will be soggy just like a crispy biscuit left exposed. This unfortunately renders the costly product useless.

    The metamorphosis of pellet mill ring die.

    rbaggio had this to say on Jul 28, 2011 Posts: 95
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