This iBook was designed by Jony Ive and his design team so often we forget to give credit where credit was due. In terms of design-worthy, it was the first of it’s kind.
Originally, the most notable design features of this iBook is that the clamshell mechanism was the first laptop of it’s kind to not use a latch. Back then, the only laptops on the market had latches.
HANDLE HANDLE WHERE ART THOU
It was keen enough to have a built in handle, built in so that it does not detract from the original design flow. This to me is the best part of the design.
FULL SIZE KEYBOARD
Back then, it was also a feat to incorporate a full size keyboard into a curvaceous little package.
LOVE IT OR HATE IT
The iBook Clamshell Laptop had mixed reviews, most of them wonderful. You either loved it, from a design standpoint . One critic who wrote for PC Magazine in July 1999 , John Dvorak, hated it. You can read more about what he wrote here. He implied the design was girly, and that men would not use it. He compared it to Barbie, and soon after it got the nickname “Barbie’s Toilet Seat”. Basically this started a gender war. Some referred to it as a Hello Kitty purse…. others complained it was rather heavy and bulky, but still, it’s capabilities and what it packed in that litle “make up case” as referred to by Dvorak was indeed ahead of it’s time. In my opinion it is museum worthy.