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Apple iBook G3 500 MHz | Late 2001 Specs

iBook - M8597LL/A - PowerBook4,1 - M6497

About This iBook

The Apple iBook G3/500 (Late 2001 – Translucent White), is a 12.1″ TFT XGA active matrix display (1024×768 native resolution) Notebook that has 15 GB Ultra ATA hard drive storage, it is powered by a 500 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3) processor and a 2X AGP ATI Rage Mobility 128 graphics with 8 MB of VRAM. The variation of ports and the inclusion of a “high quality” display allowed for Apple to market the iBook as a high end personal device available to the regular consumer.


The Apple iBook device is built with 15 GB Ultra ATA hard drive storage. The hard drive has many reported issues after owners had dropped their devices on the ground. Due to no the lack of safety mechanisms available, the drives would fail mechanically after a hard shock or jolt.

    Screen Size and Resolution

    The iBook has a built-in display of 12.1 inch TFT active-matrix display with an 1024×768 native resolution and also 2nd Mirroring Display support option with a maximum 1024×768 resolution.

      Inclusive Features

      The iBook includes the following features and ports:

      • A Power Adapter.
      • 24X CD-ROM Optical Drive.
      • Standard Ethernet Port. 

        Processor & Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

        The Apple iBook has Mac OS 9.2.1 and X 10.1 pre-installed in it, a 500 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3) processor, while its graphics are supported by a 2X AGP ATI Rage Mobility 128 graphics with 8 MB of VRAM. The Windows OS support modules that we have come to love and expect were not available at the time of development and thus were not available for the device.

        Memory & Architecture

        The Apple iBook device is built with a 64k level 1 cache and 256k “on chip” level 2 cache. It processes are backed by 128 MB of RAM.

        Battery Life

        The Apple iBook comes with a 42-watt-hour-Lithium Ion battery with an estimated battery life of 5 hours. This figure is based on moderate usage of the device under normal conditions. Weather temperatures as well as heavy usage allowed this figure to vary wildly.

        500 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3)

        128 MB

        15 GB Hard Drive

        5 Hours


        Although the iBook comes with 128 MB of RAM it can be upgraded to up to 640 MB of RAM. The Operating System of the iBook can also be upgraded from its pre-installed MacOS 9.2.1 and X 10.1 up to MacOS X 10.4.11. The iBook dimensions are 3.4 cm, 28.4 cm, 23.1 cm and the device has a weight of 4.9 lbs (2.2 kg).

        Introduced: October 16, 2001 

        Discontinued: May 20, 2002

        Display Details


        Built-in Display

        12.1 TFT XGA

        Level 1 Cache


        Native Resolution


        Level 2/Level 3 Cache

        256k (on chip)


        RAM Type

        PC100 SDRAM



        Min. RAM Speed

        10 ns

        Standard RAM

        128 MB


        500 MHz

        Maximum RAM

        640 MB


        PowerPC 750cx (G3)

        RAM Slots


        Processor Upgrade


        Motherboard RAM

        128 MB




        System Bus Speed

        66 MHz

        Video Card

        Rage Mobility 128

        Cache Bus Speed

        500 MHz (Built-in)

        VRAM Type



        Open Firmware

        Standard VRAM

        8 MB

        ROM/Firmware size

        1 MB

        Maximum VRAM

        8 MB


        Inclusive Features and Ports

        Standard Storage

        15 GB HDD

        Standard Optical Drive

        24X CD-ROM

        Storage Speed


        Standard Ethernet


        Storage Dimensions

        2.5” (9.5 mm)

        Standard Modem

        56k v.90

        Storage Interface

        EIDE ATA-2

        Standard Air Port

        802.11b (Optional)


        Standard Bluetooth



        42 W h Lithium Ion

        USB Port 1.1


        Battery Life

        5 hours

        FireWire (400)





        Case Type


        Inclusive Input


        Form Factor

        iBook (12-Inch)

        S-Video Output


        Apple Order No



        1 (Internal)

        Apple Subfamily

        Late 2001



        Apple Model Number

        M6497 (EMC N/A)

        Sound Out


        Model ID

        PowerBook 4.1

        Power Adapter



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