iBook (800/900 MHz 32 VRAM/14.1 LCD 900Mhz 32 VRAM)

Introduced: April 2003
Terminated: October 2003


The latest release of the iBook had 32 VRAM standard across the line.  The 12.1” model had a processor running at 800 or 900Mhz.  The hard drives were available with 30, 40 or 60Gb of hard drive space. The 14.1” model had a 900Mhz processor and a hard drive with 40 or 60Gb of space. Both sizes had either a tray-loading 24x CD-ROM or an 8x 24x 10x 24x DVD/CD-RW.


A 100Mhz speed bump on the models that preceded it, this release of the iBook continued with the sub-$1000 price on the low-end model.  The low-end 800Mhz CD-ROM configuration was $999.  The 900Mhz configuration with a Combo drive was $1299.  The 14.1” 900Mhz configuration with a Combo drive was $1499.


iBook (800/900 MHz 32 VRAM/14.1 LCD 900Mhz 32 VRAM)


Processor: PowerPC 7455 v3.3 (G4)
Processor Speed: 800 MHz or 1.0 GHz
Benchmarks: 800 MHz: 372, 1.0 GHz: 530
Cache: 64 KB L1, 256k backside (1:1)
System Bus: 133 MHz
Hard Drive: 40, 60, or 80 GB
Media: 32x CD-ROM, DVD/CD-RW, or 4x SuperDrive
Peripherals: Apple Keyboard, Apple Mouse
Colors: White
Weight and Dimensions (US): 50 lbs., 15.8” H x 15.8” W x 17.1” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 22.7 kg, 40.6 cm H x 40.6 cm W x 43.3 cm D
Original Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.2.5 (6J73) and Mac OS 9.2.2 (non-SuperDrive)
Later Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.3 (7B85) and Mac OS 9.2.2 (non-SuperDrive)
Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X
Hardware Test: AHT (eMac) 2.2, 2.5.1, AHT (iMac G5/eMac) 2.5.3
Firmware: Open Firmware
Firmware Update: None
Logicboard RAM: None
Maximum RAM: 1.0 GB
Type of RAM Slots: 2 - PC133 3.3 volt, unbuffered, 8-byte, non-parity 168-pin SDRAM
Minimum RAM Speed: 140 MHz (7 ns)
Interleaving Support: No
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 7500
ATI Card Model: ATY,RV200
Graphics Connection: 4x AGP
Graphics Memory: 32 MB DDR
Built-in Display: 17-inch (16-inch viewable) 0.25mm dot-pitch CRT
Resolutions: 640 x 480 @ 120 Hz, 800 x 600 @ 120 Hz, 1024 x 768 @ 89 Hz, 1152 x 870 @ 80 Hz, 1280 x 960 @ 72 Hz
Display Modes: Video mirroring only
Display Connection: 1 - Mini-VGA
Expansion Slots: None
Hard Drive Bus: Ultra ATA/66 (ATA-5)
Large Drive Support: Yes (128 GB or larger per drive)
Backup Battery: 3.6 V 850 mAh Lithium (922-4028)
Max Watts: 170 W
Line Voltage: 100V AC or 220V AC depending on country of use
AirPort: Optional AirPort Extreme card (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth: None
Ethernet: 10/100BASE-T (RJ-45)
Modem: None or 56k v92
USB: 3 - 12 MBit/s
FireWire: 2 - 400 MBit/s (8W total power)
Audio In: 1 - 3.5-mm analog input jack, Built-in microphone (16-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)
Audio Out: 1 - 3.5-mm analog output jack, Built-in speakers (16-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)


Introduced in April 2003, the iBook (800/900 MHz 32 VRAM/14.1 LCD 900Mhz 32 VRAM) was discontinued in October 2003.



  • There was heated debate over many things such as the aesthetics, features, weight, performance, and pricing. To provide good impact protection, the iBook was larger and heftier than the PowerBook of the time, and yet had lower specifications. Standard features like PC card slots were absent.-Jonathan Berkowitz

    Ana had this to say on Aug 24, 2011 Posts: 76
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