Identify this piece of Apple kit

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  1. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    My Brother-in-law recently returned from a holiday in Antalya Turkey. It was very hot (50 degrees centigrade) so instead of bikini watching he ended up visiting some museums.

    One museum had quite collection of Apple kit - so he sent me several photos. In this one there is a piece of kit I didn't recognize. Sorry about the quality of picture - his camera is old.

    I'm interested in the silvery object at the front of the picture
     

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  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    yo-yo power adapter for one of the earlier PowerBooks. G3 i believe?

    edit: guess it wasn't just the PowerBooks, but iBooks too.
     
  3. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    It's the power adapter for that clamshell iBook.
     
  4. 7on macrumors 601

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    The iBook? Or it's poweradapter? The grey round think is the yo-yo power adapter for that generation of laptop...
     
  5. count chocula macrumors 6502a

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    ding ding ding ding ding we have three winners.
     
  6. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Those ones were cool, in that they came with cord storage onboard.
     
  7. Sutekidane macrumors 6502a

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    lol, I got excited at the idea of seeing something new... alas, I was fooled.. :p
     
  8. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    A Commodore underneath and an Atari to the left.

    Anybody know what's on the shelf with the cassette tapes?
     
  9. count chocula macrumors 6502a

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    so do the power adapters for the "macbook family".
     

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  10. FredClausen macrumors regular

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    No kidding. I had to go and find my MB power adapter once I saw those pics. Sweet of Apple to include that :)
     
  11. Cross macrumors regular

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    So do the ones that were before the macbook family but I am not unlazy enough to take pictures... yet I am unlazy enough to make up my own word "Unlazy" ;)
     
  12. Tanglewood macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah they have been using that style of power adapters since they went to the white iBooks back in 2001.
     
  13. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Eh, that's a crap solution in my book. Too easy for those things to break off in your bag.

    I use the little plastic clip thing on the cord way more often than I use those plastic tabs to secure the cord when I'm on the move.

    The only place those tabs work well is when you're using them to take up the slack once you're plugged in, IMHO.
     
  14. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I don't remember exactly when they switched over to the current design, but the early white iBooks still used the yo-yo adapter...
     
  15. Tanglewood macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm.....it was at least around when 10.1 was released in Sept. 2001. My dad bought one in late September and it had the adapter Count is sporting. That still leaves about six months unaccounted for since the iBook redesign was in April timeframe of 2001.
     
  16. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Okay...I bought an iBook Dual USB in late July or early August 2001 and it came with the yo-yo adapter... :D
     
  17. Tanglewood macrumors 6502a

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    Well since you have both power adapters, which one do you like better?
     
  18. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I prefer the compactness of the current adapters (well at least the iBook/PB ones...I guess the MBP ones are a bit bigger), but I prefer the cord storage of the yo-yos...the excess cord just disappears into the adapter.
     
  19. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    My feelings as well. The current ones are great size-wise, but lacking in cord storage. The older ones were too bulky but had a great cord storage solution. If only they could combine the best aspects of both...
     
  20. Tanglewood macrumors 6502a

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    With the current adapters I love the fact that you can change the type of plug in a matter of seconds. It made it really easy travelling to the UK and Europe last year.

    The idea of the cord just disappearing is appealing but knowing me the springs that help it recoil would break.:(
     
  21. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    I don't think there were any springs, you just wrapped the cord around the thing and it went into some slot that held it.
     
  22. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Yep...it just wrapped around the adapter into a groove in the side of it. Then there was a little "nub" on the cord that you could slide up and down depending on how much cord length you wanted. The "nub" kind of locked into the groove in the adapter...very neat solution.
     
  23. Cross macrumors regular

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    I never tried to move that nub.... damit now I want to try it lol. That was always my biggest grip with them and I find out it was my own user Error. (This was when they first came out got one when I bought my Pismo.
     

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