clamshells

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  1. clamshell_g3, Jun 29, 2017
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    clamshell_g3 macrumors newbie

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    Hi do you wish apple made g4 clamshells?


    I do because they have handles are small the keyboard is nice and its durable
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    You may not like my answer, but no.

    These Macs have never been a design I liked.
     
  3. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    Yes! I like the design. It may not be practical, being so big, but I do think it'd look neat in public.
     
  4. clamshell_g3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I do because they have handles and the keyboard is nice and its durable
     
  5. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I like the handle as well. They certainly aren't small though!
     
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  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    How many clams will he be asking for it? ;)
     
  9. LightBulbFun macrumors 6502a

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    I have a hot air rework station (aka fancy hot air gun) a 533Mhz 7410, and I just nabbed an (untested) blueberry iBook G3 off of ebay

    Be afraid be very afraid :D
     
  10. amagichnich macrumors regular

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    Shrouded in the wings of darkness... no, wrong... shrouded in the smoke of the last clamshell he burned, the wizard enters the stage and does it's magic on yet another poor and helpless Mac :D
     
  11. redheeler macrumors 603

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    The iBook G3 Clamshell has an interesting design, but I don't think I would trade my aluminum unibody Retina MacBook Pro for it.

    I recall someone on eBay was stuffing a 2015 MacBook Air logic board into them, but charging a pretty crazy price to match. Not sure if that listing is still up, doesn't seem to be.
     
  12. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    If you cough up the cash, there are G4 Clamshells to be had on Ebay, although I personally wouldn't buy one of the currently available ones for several reasons.

    I'm trying to add one to my collection, but I will more than likely buy one in England and outsource the work to there :)

    BTW, I'm generally in agreement. The Clamshell design is interesting(which is why I have several) but ultimately it's big, heavy and just generally as "un apple" as could be now.

    Within my current field of view(aside from the computer I'm using) there is a 13" unibody(non-retina) MBP, a Clamshell, and a Portable. It's telling to me that the Portable and Clamshell are closer in size than the Clamshell and the 13" :)
     
  13. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I remember seeing a YouTube video on that. I remember looking it up and it was super expensive though.
     
  14. LightBulbFun macrumors 6502a

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    to quickly add to this,

    the ones you see on eBay, the G4 CPUs are soldered onto the Lobos by a good friend of mine and i have great confidence in his skills

    but sadly the ebay seller him self who does most of the work with the machines (final assembly etc) has proven to be less then stellar (the guy sends off the logic boards to my friend who solders on the G4 then sends them back to the ebay seller)

    for that reason, i cant recommend one of the iBook G3s from that particular seller (esp at the price he is charging for them, at $200 id expect something better then a 8GB "SSD")
     
  15. Hrududu, Jun 29, 2017
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    Z8VImmT.jpg I wouldn't mind having a clamshell iBook with a G4 chip and an XGA screen upgrade. It was a design that really fit the style apple was trying to convey at the time and was just an inviting fun machine to use. I also agree the keyboard and curved palm rests make them nice to type on.

    My 366 Indigo iBook was also the first new world ROM laptop I ever purchased and served as my primary laptop from 2003-2006. It wasn't always reliable, but after a logicboard replacement 2 months after I bought it, it still works to this day and now has the entire family of Clamshells to join it.
     
  16. snarestud940 macrumors 6502

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    Wow so cool! I would love to get a key lime one, but I can't find one anywhere!
     
  17. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    466mhz Key Limes tend to be pricey any time they come up for sale. I've passed on a few just because I didn't want to spend the amount needed to buy it at the time.

    BTW, as a size comparison

    IMG_4614.jpg IMG_4616.jpg IMG_4617.jpg
     
  18. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020

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    Show off ;)

    But seriously, that’s an impressive lineup you’ve got right there. I finally got my first FW-model, being a 366MHz Indigo. I put 10.0 on it since I’ve never used it before. Was quite interesting, but overall very useless today (not that it was overly useful when new either LOL).
     
  19. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    You can run bomb.app :)

    I don't know where to find it, other than the fact that I think Dez gave me a copy a year or two ago.
     
  20. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Thats a really cool perspective. I've never seen a Mac Portable in person before, so that is one chubby machine.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 30, 2017 ---
    I had to give 10.0 and 10.1 a try on a blueberry iBook just for novelty sake. I started using OS X at 10.2 so it was my first time to really use it. I think they're all dual booting 9.2.2 and either 10.3 or 10.4 now though.
     
  21. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    Oh cool, that is actually something we can get? I thought it was inside Apple only. Probably hidden in a developer beta, right?
     
  22. z970mp macrumors 6502

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    10/10.

    Personally, I'd stick with a PowerBook G4 15" DLSD/HR.
     
  23. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I'm extremely partial to the 17" Powerbook G4s myself. :D
     
  24. z970mp macrumors 6502

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    Every man for himself. :D
     

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