Apple iBook Turns 20

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When Steve Jobs returned in the 90s he set out to simplify the company’s computer lineup. He created a 4 by 4 grid of both consumer and professional level of desktop and portables, with the iBook being a consumer-level portable.

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Apple iBook 20th anniversary

Today is the iBook’s 20th anniversary, which was originally held in New York’s Macworld Expo 1999.

The iBook was an innovative machine during its time, featuring a clamshell design and translucent plastic shell encased in colorful rubber. Consumers could choose Tangerine, Blueberry or later models that were in Key Lime, Indigo and Graphite.

Originally priced at $1,599, the iBook had a 12-inch screen with 800 x 600 resolution, a trackpad and a full-sized keyboard, along with a retractable handle located right at the hinge. It was also the first to have 802.11b wireless networking, which was demonstrated on-stage by Steve Jobs and Phil Schiller.

The iBook went through several redesigns in 2001 and 2006, but the original will always be a special milestone for Apple.

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Samantha Wiley

Samantha is a senior news editor at iLounge. She has been covering the technology industry for over five years, writing about Apple, Google, and other major companies. Samantha has also worked as a reporter and editor for several other publications.