Eewww, New iBooks are opaque, ick ick ick...

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
I just noticed that the new iBooks now all feature the disgustingly white low end fisher price case. Oh boy, none of the lovely pearlescence of the old ice book. It has now become a outdoor chew toy looking piece as opposed to a sexy sophisticated consumer piece.

Definitely no longer any aesthetic reason to recommend it over a PB.


  • Reply 1 of 18
    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    I don't think the opaque look is as good as the older look, but it's not THAT bad.

    But I liked the clamshells too... they are big and heavy, but very durable, and sleek for their size. I used one once... very well made.
  • Reply 2 of 18
    splinemodelsplinemodel Posts: 7,311member
    Errr. In the pictures it looks the same.
  • Reply 3 of 18
    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    Well, there's no pictures so it's not quite ***CONFIRMED*** but someone at MacNN said it and then another person went to an Apple Store where they had one and all were the same opaque color. But if you really want to ***CONFIRM*** it I'd suggest just going to an Apple Store and seeing for yourself.
  • Reply 4 of 18
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Go to the Apple Store, pick a model, any model and the scroll to the extra battery menu, they now all say "(opaque)" whereas before the battery options were opaque and transluscent.
  • Reply 5 of 18
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    I can't understand why Apple would do this... unless they're trying to make the iBook a little less desirable compared to the 12" PowerBook. The opaque 700 was butt-freaking-ugly IMO... I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that this is a BIG consideration for people planning no picking up a new iBook.

    The old 800 combo is looking better and better.

  • Reply 6 of 18
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    I'd rather have an old 800 over a new 800, but good luck finding one for less.
  • Reply 7 of 18
    liquidrliquidr Posts: 884member
    Mine shipped today, so I should be able to confirm it by Tues.
  • Reply 8 of 18
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Kinda devioous the way Apple just buried this fairly dramatic change in the iBook's appearance. I wonder how many people ordereed one thinking they were getting the old style?

    The difference doesn't show up on the web page graffics, but when you see one in person it's instantly recognizable.
  • Reply 9 of 18
    ahboahbo Posts: 37member
    The only iBook I've ever seen in person was the old bottom end 700MHz, so I've only seen the "cheaper" looking one and it didn't look so bad.

    I bought a new 900Mhz so I guess I'll just never know what I was missing. I guess it's better this way...

    Was it THAT much better? Or is there some exaggeration going on here?
  • Reply 10 of 18
    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    There are some pictures somewhere comparing the opaque to the "crystal" or "transparent" white model. I don't know where they are though. Anyway, I think Matsu is exaggerating, but I still think the previous ones looked better.
  • Reply 11 of 18
    ahboahbo Posts: 37member
    If anyone's got a link to a page comparing them (with pictures!), please let me know...

    Might as well see what the other one would have been like. Because I was originally going to order the 800Mhz (translucent) but didn't when I heard the rumor that the line would soon be updated (this was like 3 weeks ago).
  • Reply 12 of 18
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    It was that much better and more. It had a jewel like finish to it, to me the white looks pretty bad on a lap top, way too loud and toy like. The transluscence, while a subtle difference, gave the older ones a far more sophisticated look, and kept them from looking like a chiild's toy.

    The old thread was in general discussion or current HW, and was one of the last threads I recal belle posting in, so that might make it easier to search.
  • Reply 13 of 18
    ahboahbo Posts: 37member
    Do you think they changed it just to save cost? Or might there be some kind of functional reason for the change? Like that it scratches more easily or that sort of thing...
  • Reply 14 of 18
    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    Here is the thread. And the picture...

  • Reply 15 of 18
    mcqmcq Posts: 1,543member
    Some pics over at ZDNet Japan, I think this is from Nov. 2002 when the first opaque white iBooks came out IIRC.
  • Reply 16 of 18
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Here you go,

    Check out this pic:

    To see just how bad this white (center) looks next to the transluscent (back right)

    From this thread

    PS: vBulletin and search ROCK! Thanks Brad, Jon, Amorph.
  • Reply 17 of 18
    ahboahbo Posts: 37member
    Thanks, Luca!

    Oh, okay... yeah, the transparent one definitely looks nicer. Much more subtle. I wish there were a few close-up pictures, especially of the outer shell, but you can still tell it's nicer.

    I have to say, though, that the opaque case still looks nicer than 90% of PC notebooks! Which is part of the reason getting a Mac was appealing to me (it's my first Apple). So, to me, having the white is still much cooler than a standard gray-ish PC notebook. So I'm not really that mad.

    Does look a bit toyish next to the transparent one, though... I have to admit.
  • Reply 18 of 18
    baumanbauman Posts: 1,248member
    Wait... these things have been out since November, and all we have is one crummy picture? Aargh! even is down.

    I'd really like to see more about this model change.
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