Apple iBook SE

What began in 1998 with the iMac and it’s ground-breaking translucent design, saw the continuation in 1999 with the introduction of the playful “clamshell” iBook.

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Not longer after the release of the first iMac generation, that brought us the translucent case design, Apple landet the next big thing: The colorful clamshell iBook G3, which saw several iterations over the course of the next years.

The “clamshell” iBook

With it’s playful design and built-in internet and connectivity options, the iBook was set to success.

Intially coming with PowerPC G3, clocked in at 300 MHz, later revisions saw clock speeds up to 466 MHz, providing more than enough processing power for the time. Initially coming with a meager of 32 MiB RAM, the SE models received a stock 64 MiB, and where user-upgradable to 320 MiB officially, and inoffically even to 576 MiB.

All models came with Classic Mac OS 9 and a stock of software bundled along, including AppleWorks, Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator and many more.

As far as the OS is concerned, the earlier models would support Mac OS X up to Panther (10.3), while the 2000s SE models also supported Mac OS X Tiger (10.4).

The iBook in my collection runs Classic OS 9, to depict the contemporary experience how it would have been out-of-the-box at the time.


The PHINTAGE Collection currently holds a iBook Firewire/SE.

VendorApple Computer, Inc
ModeliBook Firewire/SE (Powerbook 2,2)
ReleasedSeptember 2000
Original StreetpriceCHF 2749 for base model
CHF 3049 for SE Model
Weight3 KG
Dimensions4,6 x 34,3 x 29,5 cm
Builtin Display12,1″ TFT, 800 x 600
Builtin BatteryYes, 45 Wh (worn down)
CPUPowerPC G3 @ 366 MHz
RAM320 MiB (upgraded from stock 64 MiB)
Storage10 GiB IDE HDD
Network SupportBuilt-in 100 Mbit/s FastEthernet
Built-in AirPort Wifi
Built-in Modem
USB1 x USB 1.1
Video OutputATI Rage 128, 8 MB of SDRAM
Other1x FireWire 400, 1 Audio-Out 3.5mm
Built-in mono speaker
Operating SystemClassic Mac OS 9.0.4
Overall Condition– minor scuffs on case
– the “leaf” of the Apple logo is missing on the clamshell cover
– Originally of Indigo color, the coloring has deteriorated a bit over time
Restoration Parts neededReplacement Battery


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