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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 WhiteThe 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?

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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.
1 214 & N/A
Details: This model only is compatible with the 32-bit Geekbench 2 benchmark. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the PowerBook4,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
500 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3)
Details: N/A
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.
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'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
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 45 W power adapter.

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