Apple unveils portable iMac
Low-cost laptop features wireless Internet access
July 21, 1999
(CNN) - Apple unveiled a relatively low-cost, laptop version of its iMac personal computer on Wednesday at MacWorld. The iBook, a hybrid of the iMac and Apple PowerBook, can be configured for wireless networking.
The iBook, set to retail for $1,599 starting in September, features battery life of up to six hours and a 300-MHz G3 processor with 32MB of RAM in a notebook design in two of the trademark iMac colors - blueberry and tangerine.
The laptop also has built-in antennas and an internal slot for Apple's $99 AirPort wireless networking card. The wireless system uses radio frequencies and relies on a base station developed by Lucent Technologies. It is priced at $299 and also functions as a local area network.
With the iMac design's rounded edges, the laptop looks like a giant clam, moreso than other PC laptops, but like its Apple desktop cousin lacks a floppy drive.
iBook's design innovations include a pullout handle for carrying and a latch-less closing mechanism for faster access.
"iBook is the 'iMac to Go' for both home and school," Apple interim Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said in a press release. "And iBook was designed right from the start to use Apple's revolutionary new AirPort wireless networking for cable-free Internet access."
Other features include:
PowerBook G3: Thinner, faster, more efficient
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