The last iteration of the iBook G4 came out in September of 2005 and was sold until mid-2006.
14″ iBook G4
11.6″ MacBook Air
|Processor||1.42GHz PowerPC G4||1.6GHz Core 2 Duo (Penryn)|
|Memory||512MB 333MHz DDR2 RAM 1||4GB 1067MHz DDR3 RAM|
|Storage||60GB 4200RPM HDD||128GB SSD|
|Battery||3-4 hours||5-7 hours|
|Weight||5.9 lbs||2.3 lbs|
|Dimensions||1.35 x 12.7 x 10.2||0.11-0.68 x 11.8 x 7.6|
There are a dozen things that don’t show up in the numbers. The iBook’s keyboard is spongy. It has a smaller trackpad that only supports two-finger scrolling. The iBook’s display is much worse, although that may be due to age. The iBook’s trackpad is plastic instead of glass. Even with a fresh install of Leopard, it feels slow. Yet somehow I used it as my main computer for two years.
In case you forgot, that skinny ethernet port on the iBook is a 56k modem. It’s like ethernet, but data goes 1,800 times slower and makes angry noises.
I wonder what I’ll compare my Air to in 2015.
Bottlenecked by 142MHz front side bus. ↩