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Another special entry about Macs with PowerPC , this entry is a bit special for me since the iBook G4 was my first Mac back in 2005 when I left PCs (all my life using Windows computers and some forays into Linux distros) to get to what has since become my favorite operating system: Mac OS X . I remember with special clarity the doubts that assaulted me before buying my first Mac, doubts that after a week of use were completely dissipated and what if I don’t find enough software? what if the system becomes complicated to use? but in the end both questions were forgotten, soon after I adapted to the new system and found a great amount of software that covered all my needs.
But enough with the melancholy, let’s talk a little about the technical characteristics of these iBook whites and their historical context.
Design and performance
The iBook G4 was almost entirely driven by the previous generation iBook G3, which after its clamshell casings, gave way to a polished white plastic design that gave a lot to talk about, at first with semi-transparent keys, with Panther and with a G3 processor, and finally gave way to the well-known iBook G4, the maximum exponent of this era. On 23 October 2003, the iBook G4 was launched, to which a PowerPC G4 microprocessor, an optical disk bay and a blank keyboard without transparencies were added. The iBook, with permission of the MacMini and PowerBook G4, were the last Apple computers to incorporate the PowerPC microprocessor. Another noteworthy aspect was the inclusion of the trackpad which worked with two fingers , not being multi-touch as it is now, it allowed to make scroll in a very comfortable way.
Without a doubt, one of the aspects that he liked the most was his design, already present in the last batch of iBook G3 presented in 2001 , but with slight touches. The iBook range inherited the white colours of the iMac range and integrated them perfectly into a notebook, which is eye-catching and striking like no other. Perhaps in terms of weight and dimensions was nothing out of the ordinary , especially if we compare it with today’s unibody technology , but in its day its dimensions and weight were quite well established and more so for a consumer computer, i.e. in the non-professional sector.
iBook G4 range
There were up to 5 revisions of the iBook G4 since that October 23, 2003 in which they gradually improved both the processor, which was increasing clock speed, as in disk capacity and optical drives, introducing the option of incorporating a SuperDrive slot-in on April 19, 2004. Especial Macs PowerPC
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Temas de interés In this way Apple managed to somehow scale its notebook models in a fairly uniform way , starting with the 12-inch iBook, following with the 14-inch and reaching the PowerBook range.
My first Mac
In my case I bought the version of the end of 2005, with 14 inches, a G4 at 1.42GHz and with 512MB of RAM (which if I remember correctly I expanded as an option when I bought it). To expand the RAM in these models, the keyboard had to be dismantled and the memory unit was accessed right there, which I upgraded to 1.5GB, the maximum allowed by the board. Tiger moved beautifully on that machine and I remember that even in the first batch of MacBooks with Tiger, my iBook still had a lot to say, since the system performance was excellent. Another thing was the graphics performance, its graphics, the 32MB dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 didn’t give much, although I made good use of it.
As for operating systems, as I said before the iBook G3 came with Panther, the G4 already mounted Tiger and even later I installed Leopard when it came out and its performance, although over time I’d say it’s a little worse than with Tiger is fully functional and roars to perfection.
In short, the reign of iBooks as laptops had its fullness and decline with the iBook G4, which gave way to the well-known MacBook, which in turn inherited the white polycarbonate design, the hallmark of the consumer range, were a beauty – or not?