Apple's line of iBook laptops was intended for the consumer and educational markets. The iBook line comprises of the iBook G3 Clamshell, G3 12", G3 14", G4 12", and G4 14".

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Can I install the newest apple os on my iBook g3?

can i install the newest apple os on my ibook g3? I want my ibook to work like a new mac book.

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Leopard drags horribly on even a low-end G4, so why on earth would anyone want to run it on a G3? But I think we are taking the question too literally. I think the proper answer to the asker's desire for a G3 to "work like a new MacBook", is that this is simply never going to happen. The newest OS you can install on a G3 (without going to ridiculously extreme measures, and ending up with a hideously slow machine) is 10.4 Tiger, and that is a universe away from Snow Leopard on a new MacBook.

However, Tiger is far better than Panther or Jaguar, so if you're running one of those you should definitely consider a Tiger upgrade in order to make your laptop relatively more usable and compatible.

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Short answer: nope.

Long answer: the iBook G3 runs the older PowerPC architecture. A new MacBook runs on Intel processors. Apple made 10.6 Snow Leopard Intel-only so they didn't have to double the code... and a lot of other reasons. The greatest OS your iBook can realistically run is Tiger. Finding tiger online seems to be a bit difficult, but there are a lot of copies available on eBay if that's your cup of tea. Just search "tiger mac os x" and it pulls up a bunch of install DVDs. See Mayer's system requirements below for a quick check if your G3 will run Tiger. Unfortunately, you won't get close to the capabilities of Snow Leopard with that machine. Sorry.

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The most you can do with a G3 is max the memory and upgrade the hard drive.

http://www.ifixit.com/Mac-Parts/iBook-G3

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Nice changes Josh

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If you go the ebay route please make sure you get a Retail version and NOT a machine specific one that won't work with your computer.

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Josh's intentions are good and for the most part he is correct with the except that your machine will not run 10.5 as that requires a G4 processor along with the other requirements he listed. The highest operating system your machine will take is 10.4. Here are the system requirements for it:

To use Mac OS X v10.4, your Macintosh needs:

A PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor

Built-in FireWire

At least 256 MB of RAM

DVD drive (DVD-ROM), Combo (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) or SuperDrive (DVD-R) for installation

At least 3 GB of free disk space; 4 GB if you install the XCode

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Any hard drive imaged with 10.5 will run in a G3 machine that meets the requirements... in fact, it will run even if it doesn't meet the requirements. You just won't be able to install directly to that machine as a limitation of the installer.

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You could install MintPPC ... There are many new Linux based OSes that will work on the iBook G3 !

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