IBook G3

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In the year 2000 my com­puter was go­ing through a phase of what can only be com­pared to Hol­ly­wood celebrity wor­ship: it was born a Dell but yearned to be some­thing more beau­ti­ful, more fem­i­nine and sharp-shoot­ing.

I dressed it up as best I could, bless it’s soul, with Star­dock’s Win­dowBlinds giv­ing it a makeover to make Win­dows look like the Mac OS, but my com­puter (and I) suf­fered from ideas above our sta­tion. It looked like Grou­cho Marx, but yearned to look like Johnny Depp.

In my com­puter’s case, it was the case. I could make the op­er­at­ing sys­tem look pretty, but that beige box needed more than con­cealer. The com­edy mous­tache just kept grow­ing back. And so we tucked it away and pre­tended that my com­puter was re­ally the G3 iBook.

I loved the iBook. Every­body did. In a world of sober squares its clamshell curves were gor­geous, its colours bright and beau­ti­ful. I bought the day to night op­tion, the Graphite one, but I se­cretly yearned for the Tan­ger­ine model. It didn’t mat­ter, though, be­cause no mat­ter which colour you went for – it came in Blue­berry, Indigo and Key Lime, too – it al­ways turned heads.

The iBook didn’t just look amaz­ing. It was amaz­ing. It was beau­ti­ful to touch, its keys soft and sup­ple com­pared to the cor­po­rate click­i­ness of PC key­boards. It had an air of mys­tery too, the mag­i­cal abil­ity to con­nect to the in­ter­net with­out any vis­i­ble support. You knew there was an antenna some­where, but you cer­tainly couldn’t see its out­line.

The clamshell iBook made Wi-Fi main­stream and in­flu­enced the de­sign of count­less items, but its time in the spot­light was short: the first one ap­peared in June 1999, and it was re­placed with the “snow” model in 2001. The iBook may not have been around for long, but it was never any­thing

less than fab­u­lous.

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