iBook (Dual USB)

Introduced: May 2001
Terminated: May 2002


Outfitted with a completely new case design, the new iBook left the bright colors and clamshell design of the original iBooks in favor of a minimalist, sleek white case.  Running a G3 processor at 500Mhz, the new iBook had a 10Gb hard drive.  It was available with either a tray-loading CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW or DVD/CD-RW.  It had more RAM, a VGA out, stereo speakers and a better screen. 


The iBook G3 Dual USB marked the time when Apple started to feature translucent and white polycarbonate on the majority of its consumer oriented machines.  The slim design was widely praised.  The lowest end model was available for $1299 while the higher end, with a “Combo” DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive was $1799.

The iBook Dual USB got a minor revision with an 600Mhz processor and a 15Gb hard drive and slightly lower prices.


iBook (Dual USB)


Processor: PowerPC 750cxe v2.4/v2.5 (G3)
Processor Speed: 500 MHz
Benchmarks: 500 MHz: 233
Cache: 64 KB L1, 256 k on-chip (1:1) L2
System Bus: 66 MHz
Hard Drive: 10 GB
Media: Tray-loading CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD/CD-RW Combo
Trackpad: Solid-state trackpad supports tap, double-tap and drag
Keyboard: Full size (77 (U.S.) or 78 (ISO) keys incl. 12 function, 4 arrow, embedded keypad)
Colors: Translucent White
Weight and Dimensions (US): 4.9 lbs., 11.2” W x 9.1” D x 1.35” H
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 2.2 kg, 28.4 cm W x 23.1 cm D x 3.4 cm H
Original Mac OS: Mac OS 9.1
Later Mac OS: Mac OS 9.1 and Mac OS X (4P13)
Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X
Hardware Test: AHT (iBook) 1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4
Firmware: Open Firmware
Firmware Update: None
Logicboard RAM: 64 or 128 MB
Maximum RAM: 576 or 640 MB
Type of RAM Slots: 1 - PC100 3.3V 144-pin SO-DIMM
Minimum RAM Speed: 10 ns
Interleaving Support: No
Graphics Card: ATI Rage Mobility 128
ATI Card Model: ATY,RageM3
Graphics Connection: 2x AGP
Graphics Memory: 8 MB
Built-in Display: 12.1-inch (diagonal) TFT XGA
Resolutions: 1024 x 768 (Optimum), 800 x 600, 640 x 480
Display Modes: Video mirroring only
Display Connection: VGA or Composite via A/V port
Expansion Slots: None
Hard Drive Bus: Ultra ATA
Motion Sensor: None
Backup Battery: None
Power Adapter: 45 W Apple Power Adapter (M8457**/A)
System Battery: 42 Wh Lithium Ion (M8433G/A)
Battery Life: Up to 5 hours
Max Watts:—
Line Voltage: 100-240V AC
AirPort: Optional AirPort card (802.11b)
Bluetooth: None
Ethernet: 10/100BASE-T (RJ-45)
Modem: 56k
USB: 2 - 12 MBit/s
FireWire: 1 - 400 MBit/s (7W)
Security Slot: 1 - Kensington cable lock
Audio In: 1 - Built-in microphone
Audio Out: 1 - Output through A/V port, Built-in speakers (16-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)


Introduced in May of 2001 the iBook Dual USB got a minor revision in October 2001.  It was discontinued in May 2002 to make way for new models.



  • I always bring my iBook with me even when I’m hiking. It’s really strong and durable. -GAR Labs

    Garlabs had this to say on Aug 17, 2011 Posts: 16
  • I want to buy a new iBook and I was wondering if you could answer me one question. Does this new version of the iBook come with a usb cable with ferrite or do I have to purchase one separately?

    IBMdude had this to say on Nov 07, 2011 Posts: 50
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