iBook (FireWire)

The second-generation iBook replaces the bright blueberry and tangerine of the original iBook with a more sophisticated indigo blue and a bright key lime. New features include FireWire and video output. 

indigo clamshell iBook G3

key lime iBookThe 300 MHz G3 processor of the 1999 iBook has been replaced with the newer 366 MHz G3e, which includes an on-chip L2 cache that runs at full processor speed (the larger backside cache in first generation iBooks runs at half of CPU speed). With an active matrix screen and six-hour LithIon battery, the new iBook makes an even better field computer.

indigo iBookOther than the new colors, the most visible difference between the second-generation iBooks and the first is the colored button in front of the trackpad on the newer models.


  • introduced 2000.09.13 at US$1,499; replaced by dual USB iBook 2001.05.01
  • requires System 9.0.4 or later, OS X 10.3 Panther officially supported, 10.4 Tiger can generally be installed using XpostFacto 4 or via FireWire Target Disk Mode connecting to a Mac with a DVD-ROM, Combo drive, or SuperDrive.
  • CPU: 366 MHz PPC 750CX (a.k.a. G3e)
  • Bus: 66 MHz4
  • CPU performance: 28.2, Speedometer 4.02 (Quadra 605 = 1.0)
  • FPU performance: 1016, Speedometer 4.02 (Quadra 605 = 1.0)
  • ROM: 4 MB, NewWorld ROM in RAM architecture
  • RAM: 64 MB of SDRAM (32 MB before 2000.02.16), expandable to 576 MB (544 on 32 MB iBook) via one 1.25″ 3.3V PC66 compliant SO-DIMM
  • Level 2 cache: 256 KB on-chip cache
  • Video: ATI Rage Mobility 128 with 2x AGP
  • VRAM: 8 MB
  • display: 12.1″ 24-bit 800 x 600 SVGA 83 ppi color active matrix, resolution scaling supports 640 x 480
  • Video out: composite video
  • Hard drive: 10 GB 9.5mm UltraATA-66
  • CD-ROM: 24x
  • floppy drive: external USB only
  • expansions bays: none
  • USB: 1 USB 1.1 port
  • FireWire: 1 FW400 port
  • Ethernet: 10/100Base-T
  • Modem: v.90 56k
  • WiFi: 802.11b AirPort optional
  • PC Card slots: none
  • size: 11.6 x 13.5 x 2.1″ (29.4 x 34.4 x 5.2 cm)
  • Weight: 6.6 pounds (3.0 kg) with battery
  • Model identifier: PowerBook2,2
  • family number: M2453

Online Resources


  • Apple’s iLife ’05 software requires a 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution and cannot be installed on clamshell iBooks.
  • There is an incompatibility between the Kensington Startup ADB extension (part of Kensington MouseWorks) and the Trackpad control with Mac OS 9.0.4. The trackpad will respond during boot, but not after the extension loads. The solution is to disable the extension. This may apply to other versions of Mac OS 9 on ‘Books with USB ports.
  • Portable Computers: Models Which Do Not Have a Backup Battery notes the iBook has no backup battery to retain time and other settings when the main battery is removed. A small capacitor holds enough energy to maintain PRAM contents for 20 seconds, so switch batteries quickly.

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