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Apple iBook G3/500 (Late 2001 - Tr) Specs

Identifiers: Late 2001 - M8597LL/A - PowerBook4,1 - M6497 - N/A

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Apple iBook White The iBook G3/500 (Late 2001 - Translucent White), features a 500 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3) processor with a 256k "on chip" level 2 cache, 128 MB of RAM, a 15.0 GB Ultra ATA hard drive, a tray-loading 24X CD-ROM drive, 2X AGP ATI Rage Mobility 128 graphics with 8 MB of VRAM, and optional AirPort (802.11b) packed into a compact translucent white case with a 12.1" TFT XGA active matrix display (1024x768 native resolution).

The iBook G3/500 (Late 2001 - Translucent White) effectively is the same as the iBook G3/500 (Dual USB) that it replaced, but shipped standard with a 15.0 GB hard drive and only a CD-ROM drive. It also shipped with a smaller power adapter. Starting on January 7, 2002 -- to correspond with the introduction of the iBook G3/600 14-Inch (Early 2002 - Translucent White) -- the price was dropped US$100 to US$1199 and the default operating system was switched from MacOS 9 to MacOS X.

Also see: What are the differences between the "Late 2001" and "Early 2002" iBook (500/600) models?

To purchase or upgrade a G3 Mac -- as well as newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.



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October 16, 2001 May 20, 2002
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.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2001.
500 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3)
Details: N/A
1 214
Details: This model only is compatible with the 32-bit Geekbench 2 benchmark. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the PowerBook4,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Soldered Integrated
Details: N/A
66 MHz 500 MHz (Built-in)
Details: N/A
Open Firmware 1 MB
Details: The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
64k 256k (on chip)
Details: Includes a 256k "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
PC100 SDRAM 10 ns
Details: Uses 144-pin PC100 SO-DIMM memory modules.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the iBook models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?
128 MB 640 MB
Details: Apple reports that the maximum memory capacity of this system is 640 MB with 128 MB onboard and a 512 MB SO-DIMM.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this iBook.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this iBook.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
128 MB 1
Details: 128 MB onboard, single SO-DIMM slot.
Rage Mobility 128 SDRAM
Details: ATI Rage Mobility 128 (2X AGP) with 8 MB of SDRAM.

Also see: What kind of video processor is provided by the iBook models? Which models can support an external display? What is the maximum resolution supported?
8 MB 8 MB
Details: The video cannot be upgraded.
12.1" TFT XGA 1024x768
Details: 12.1" TFT XGA active-matrix display with a 1024 by 768 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports 640 by 480 and 800 by 600 when scaled.
Mirroring Only 1024x768
Details: The iBook G3/500 (Late 2001) is capable of mirroring the contents of the internal display on an external display via VGA.
15.0 GB Ultra ATA
Details: Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the iBook models?

Site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this iBook.

Site sponsor Mission Repair offers professional hard drive installation and other services in 24 hours for this iBook.
24X CD-ROM None
Details: 24X tray-loading CD-ROM drive.

Also see: What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the iBook models? Can one upgrade the optical drive?
56k v.90 10/100Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11b (Optional) None
Details: Also see: Which iBook models support AirPort? Which support AirPort Extreme? Which have internal support for Bluetooth or Bluetooth 2.0+EDR?
2 (1.1) 1 (400)
Details: Two USB 1.1 ports and one Firewire "400" port.
AirPort None
Details: This iBook has an internal "AirPort" (802.11b) wireless networking slot with an internal antenna in the case.
Full-size Trackpad
Details: Apple reports that the integrated keyboard has 77 (US) or 78 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys, and an embedded numeric keypad. The trackpad supports tap, double tap, and drag capabilities.
Notebook iBook (12-Inch)
Details: This iBook was offered in a 12-Inch "translucent white" case.

Also see: How can you visually differentiate between the various "white" iBook systems?
M8597LL/A Late 2001
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
M6497 (EMC N/A) PowerBook4,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the M6497 Model Number, the N/A EMC Number, and the PowerBook4,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
42 W h LiIon 5 Hours
Details: 5 hours under "normal usage conditions" as estimated by Apple.

Also see: What is the battery life of the iBook models?
9.2.1 & X 10.1* X 10.4.11
Details: *Originally configured with MacOS 9.2.1 and MacOS X 10.1 pre-installed. Starting January 7, 2002, MacOS X 10.1.2 was selected as the default operating system.

This system cannot run versions of MacOS X more recent than 10.4.11.
Boot/Classic Mode Emulation Only
Details: This model is capable of booting in Mac OS 9 and using Mac OS 9 applications within the Mac OS X "Classic" environment.

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
1.35 x 11.2 x 9.1 4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (3.4 cm, 28.4 cm, 23.1 cm).
US$1199-US$1299 N/A
Details: This model originally was introduced for US$1299. The price was dropped to US$1199 on January 7, 2002 -- to correspond with the introduction of the iBook G3/600 14-Inch (Early 2002).

Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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1* (VGA) None
Details: *VGA via A/V port.

Also see: Do the iBook models support VGA or DVI out? Do the iBook models support ADC (Apple Display Connector) displays?
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
2 (1.1) 1 (400)
Details: Two USB 1.1 ports and one Firewire "400" port.
1 (RJ-11) 1 (RJ-45)
Details: Internal 56k v.90 modem and 10/100Base-T Ethernet standard.
None 1*
Details: *The iBook (Late 2001) models lack S-Video out but include an A/V port for composite video out.
1 (Internal) None
Details: Internal microphone, no audio in port.

Also see: Which iBook models have an internal microphone? Which do not?
1* 1*
Details: *Single A/V port provides audio out capabilities.
1 None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 45 W power adapter.



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