Apple iBook Clamshell G3 Orange Laptop

The iBook Clamshell G3 is one of the early examples colorful Apple laptops that appealed to consumers looking for a portable Apple computer, yet who did not want to spend their money on the more expensive PowerBook models. The iBook G3 filled this need and the innovative colors are reminiscent of the G3 desktop models in their transparent plastics.

iBook Clamshell G3 Orange Laptop

While the G3 models are still very usable computers, although they are indeed vintage in the sense that they were originally released in the late 1990’s. After the Clamshell was discontinued in 2001, the G3 was produced well into 2003 when the focus shifted to the G4 altogether. The overall usefulness of these computers is still adequate for many online as well as offline work and play today. There were many variations in the line, yet the Clamshell was without a doubt the most colorful. The specifications of this line vary to a smaller degree than the G3 models as a whole, yet even from their initial release they were quite popular for their computing capabilities, and their “odd” design and “look” as well.


The 300MHz processor was usually configured in conjunction with 64MB to 128MB of RAM and offered a hard drive which would range from 3.2GB to 10GB. Yes this sounds really small today and at that particular time was when hard drive sizes began to increase at an impressive speed in the PC industry. The same can be said for the processors which were meeting and exceeding the 1GHz mark during this period (2000 and 2001).

Many of the aspects of these early iBook computers are still found in laptops today. The 12.1” display is still right in-line with many popular laptop models today. The mini laptops and colored netbooks are typically just under this size, while standard laptop screen sizes range from roughly 12” to 15” and the larger models of 17” and up. The technologies may have advanced in the realm of wireless capabilities yet the Clamshell laptops did have the option of integrated AirPort cards using the 802.11b standard. As with other laptops of this period, USB 1.1 was the standard of the day, and the backwards compatibility nature of many devices allows them to function with these older laptops.

The various colors or “flavors” included Blueberry (a fluorescent blue color), Graphite (a silver/grey color), Indigo (a deep, bright blue color) and Key Lime (a bright fluorescent green color). And of course the iBook orange laptop featured here which is actually the “Tangerine” color. The translucent colorful plastics are quite reminiscent of the iMac G3 in all its wonderful colors.