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In the late 1990s Apple was trimming its product line from the bewildering variety of intersecting Performa, Quadra, LC, Power Macintosh and PowerBook models to a simplified "four box" strategy: desktop and portable computers, each in both consumer and professional models. Three boxes of this strategy were already in place: The newly-introduced iMac was the consumer desktop, the Blue and White G3 filled the professional desktop box, and the PowerBook line served as the professional portable line. This left only the consumer portable space empty, leading to much rumor on the Internet of potential designs and features. Putting an end to this speculation, Steve Jobs unveiled the iBook G3 during the keynote presentation of Macworld Conference & Expo, New York City on July 21, 1999.

The design was clearly influenced by Apple's consumer desktop, the iMac. In fact, the marketing slogan was "iMac to go". The clamshell design also echoed the eMate 300. Apple continued its trend of using transparent coloured plastics for the shell, and releasing a product in multiple colours. Like the iMac, the iBook G3 had a PowerPC G3 CPU, and no legacy Apple interfaces. USB, Ethernet, modem ports and an optical drive were standard. The ports were left uncovered along the left side: a cover was thought to be fragile. When the lid was closed, the hinge kept it firmly shut, so there was no need for a latch on the screen. The hinge included an integrated carrying handle. Additional power connectors on the bottom surface allowed multiple iBook G3s to be charged on a custom-made rack. The iBook G3 was the first Mac to use Apple's new "Unified Motherboard Architecture", which condensed all of the machine's core features into two chips, and added AGP and Ultra DMA support.

The iBook was the first mainstream computer ever designed and sold with integrated wireless networking. On the iBook's introduction, Phil Schiller, Apple's VP of Marketing, held an iBook while jumping off a height as data from the computer was transferred to another in order to demonstrate the wireless networking capability. The display bezel contained the wireless antenna, which attached to an optional internal wireless card. Lucent helped create this wireless capability which established the industry standard. Apple released the AirPort Wireless Base Station at the same time.

There was heated debate over many things such as the aesthetics, features, weight, performance, and pricing. To provide good impact protection, the iBook was larger and heftier than the PowerBook of the time, and yet had lower specifications. Standard features like PC card slots were absent. Speculated features such as touch-screens and an ultra-long battery life were absent. The iBook gained the label "toilet seat", due to the distinctive design. Nevertheless, this same design made the iBook G3 unmistakable in movies and television shows.


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January 11, 2005 September 12, 2006
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
D-Major STMP 3550 75 MHz
Details: Uses a 75 MHz SigmaTel D-Major STMP 3550 processor.
N/A 512 MB, 1 GB
Details: N/A
120, 240 None
Details: Apple reports that the iPod shuffle holds 120 or 240 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format" on the 512 MB and 1 GB version, respectively. It lacks a display and consequently does not support photo slideshows or video playback.
Sync & Charge None
Details: The iPod shuffle is capable of charging and syncing by USB using the integrated USB connector or an optional dock.
USB USB, Stereo Minijack
Details: The iPod shuffle offers connectivity via USB 1.1 and 2.0 using the integrated USB connector. It has only "USB connector and stereo minijack" ports.
Handheld iPod shuffle
Details: N/A
White Button*
Details: The iPod shuffle uses a white plastic case without a "ClickWheel" controlled by a clickpad and a slider.
None N/A
Details: The iPod shuffle does not have an integrated display.
Lithium Ion 12 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod shuffle provides "up to" 12 hours of music playback.

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Details: The iPod shuffle lacks a display and consequently does not support photo slideshows or video playback.
"About 4 Hours" M9724LL/A*
Details: M9724LL/A refers to the 512 MB model. The 1 GB model is M9725LL/A.
3.3 x 0.98 x 0.33 0.78 ounce
Details: In inches - height by width by depth.
MacOS X 10.2.8 Windows 2000/XP
Details: Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with a USB port [running] MacOS X 10.2.8 or MacOS X 10.3.4 and later (MacOS X 10.3.6 or later recommended for use with low-power USB ports).

It is compatible with a "PC with [a] USB port, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 [or later] or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 [or later]".
Apple reports that the iPod shuffle supports "MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), and WAV."
Shipped with "earbud headphones, lanyard, [and a] USB cap."
US$99, US$149 US$20-US$30
Details: 512 MB model (M9724LL/A) sold for US$99, the 1 GB model sold for US$149 (M9725LL/A).

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