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Apple iBook Laptop 14.1" M9848LL/A (1.42 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB DDR SDRAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)

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3 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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  • 14.1-inch (diagonal), 1024 x 768 resolution, TFT XGA display
  • 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with 142 MHz system bus
  • 512 MB DDR SDRAM (expandable to 1.5 GB), 60 GB hard drive, slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • One FireWire 400 port and two USB 2.0 ports
  • Built-in 10/100BASE-T ethernet, 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and 56K V.92 modem
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Product Description

With a PowerPC G4 processor, wireless networking, DVD burner and much more, this Apple iBook G4 notebook provides everything you need in a portable computer! Powered by a 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor and 512 MB DDR RAM, this iBook G4 delivers fast performance for all your computer applications! Store your documents and media files on the 60 GB hard drive. Plus, Mac OS X 10.4 is pre-installed Burn music DVDs and CDs with the slot-loading DVD±RW drive. Take a break and enjoy your movies on the 14-inch TFT XGA TFT LCD display. Connect to a dial-up Internet service with the integrated 56K V.92 modem. Access a high-speed broadband network with the 10/100Base-T Ethernet! Enjoy wireless connectivity with the AirPort Extreme 802.11g Wireless card and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR. This Apple iBook G4 features two high-speed USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port for connecting the latest DV camcorders, iPods, digital cameras, printers and storage devices! By law, California shipments of this product are subject to an $8.00 Electronic Waste Recycling Fee


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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 14.1 inches
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels
Processor 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4
RAM 0.512 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 60 GB
Graphics Coprocessor ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
Chipset Brand ATI
Wireless Type 802.11G
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Apple
Series iBook
Item model number M9848LL/A
Hardware Platform Mac
Operating System Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
Item Weight 5.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.2 x 12.7 x 1.4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 10.2 x 12.7 x 1.35 inches
Color White
Processor Brand AIM
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface IDE
Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

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3 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Shipping Weight 8.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available July 26, 2005

Warranty & Support

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Customer Reviews

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The iBook G4 line has been incredibly successful, for Apple. Why? It combines a beautiful and sleek form factor, while at the same time being a machine capable of getting your tasks completed.

Improvements - What were the improvements in the July 2005 update to iBook?

Faster Processor - The G4 chip was increased in the 14-inch model, from 1.33 GHZ to 1.42GHZ. Big improvement? No, but it is good to always improve performance. The system bus speed in the 14-inch iBook was also increased, from 133MHZ to 142MHZ.

More memory - The memory in the iBook has been doubled, with a now standard 512 MB DDR SDRAM, which speeds up your entire experience on the iBook, particularly, when multi-tasking. The iBook also has an open user-accessible slot, where you can add 256 MB, 512 MB, or an entire gigabyte of DDR SDRAM. However, the now standard 512 MB, allows the majority of users to fully appreciate the iBook out of the box.

Store More Stuff - The hard drive has been increased to 60 GB, from the 40 GB that was previously standard on the 14-inch. This is important, for people are constantly putting more music, photos, and applications on their systems. This hard drive will hold thousands of songs and photos, but video takes up space fast, so be careful with that.

Even More Wireless - Airport Extreme, for wireless networking, continues to be standard, but Apple has also made bluetooth technology standard, with this iBook. Bluetooth allows you to use wireless bluetooth mice, keyboards, mobile phones, etc. It is a great technology and helps to clean-up your desktop by doing away with some of the cords.

Core Image Compatible - The new IBook G4's video card is an ATI Mobility Radeon 9550, which is core-image compatible.
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Wow! This laptop is absolutely amazing and gorgeous to look at.. I bought this laptop as a spare computer and to teach myself OS X. After using it for less than 15 minutes, I had already set everything up including AOL Instant Messenger,Internet Explorer, iTunes, iDVD and Microsoft Word. I bought the laptop with 1 gb of ram and a 100 gb drive which I would highly recommend! It moves at break neck speeds and still sips battery life!

Operating System Impressions:

The entire OS X interface can be intimidating at first but once you bring out the explorer from within, it's a blast to use. FOR BUSINESS USERS, I would recommend some caution when picking up an OS X laptop. The latest version of Internet Explorer is 5.2 on Mac and some of my online interfaces for work will not work on 5.2 so I still need Windows for that and some other bits of real estate software. Software (as expected) is a bit difficult to find but I'm learning that although there are fewer software programs per category with OS X, the software programs are of much higher quality than what you will find in a Windows setting. Apple's internet browser, "Safari", is one of the best browsers I've ever used but I decided to use Mozilla Firefox (...) as my main browser because it has a very easy to use interface and tabbed browsing. Also, the animated interface of OS X is exceptional and makes using the computer blissful.

Software/Misc. Additions:

I ordered .Mac software and the AppleCare plan with the iBook and couldn't be happier. I had an issue with FedEx shipping the iBook and it took 4 days instead of 2 days so I called Apple's sales support team and they offered to refund the shipping without any haggling!
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I had mixed thoughts about buying a IBOOK. Apple computers have always had a great reputation, but do they live up to expectations? Are they as good and as compatible as they claim to be?

I bought my IBOOK 14" in Mexico City, but it is the same model as the U.S.A. model.

Technical specifications:

- iBOOK 14"

- 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 Processor

- 1 Gb of RAM (I added 512Mb)

- 60 Gb Hard Drive

- Super Drive (DVD & CD burner)

- English keyboard

- Bluetooth and Wireless Internet (Airport Extreme) included

- MAC OS TIGER 10.4.2


It's a breeze to use. You take a bit of time (about 3 days) to get used to it, especially a ONE button mouse and the shortcuts with the keyboard, but it is very nice, very stable. I've had the computer for a week, no problems in that time. No freezing, no crashing, but a lot of rebooting for new or updated software.

SPOTLIGHT, and instant finder of files anywhere in your hard drive, DVD/CD bay, IPOD or connected devices is fantastic and easy to use. On the other hand, the very celebrated DASHBOARD (widgets in your desktop like clocks and maps and calculators) feels and looks very cheap. Yahoo! Widgets are much better and are available for APPLE and PC computers.


It's bright, bright, bright ! Looking at it from different angles does not give you a very sharp and contrasted image, but right in front of you, it has incredible colors. TIGER OS, also has incredible and elegant wallpapers and icons that are a joy to see through your screen. 14" is good enough for me.
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