Don't Laugh-- It's Fashion (9/14/00)
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So now everyone knows that Apple's got this new-fangled iBook, available in Indigo and Key Lime. And there's an iBook Special Edition, which comes in Graphite and-- again-- Key Lime. But how many of you knew that there's also an iBook Special Special Edition? Hey, you could have knocked us over with a feather, too, seeing as Uncle Steve seems to have completely forgotten to mention it during his keynote address. Maybe the flood had him a little stressed out or something, but for whatever reason, the press has been pretty quiet about this alternate model with a seriously daring color scheme. At least, most of the press...

Faithful viewer Drow forwarded us a link to an Associated Press article in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota, who somehow managed to scrounge up a photo of the mysterious Special Special Edition, which our sources say was code-named "Bruised Bumblebee." It differs from the standard Special Edition only in its striking color set: the cover is jet black, the highlights are a rich, creamy yellow, and the keyboard, trackpad, and palm rests are a deep, electric purple. It looks almost as if someone had, say, inverted the colors of an Indigo iBook. But that's Apple-- always fashion-forward.

Since Steve forgot to introduce it onstage in Paris, sources now say that the Special Special Edition will be held as a mid-season replacement just in case Key Lime's ratings suck. Most everyone in Apple's design department is in agreement that a black, yellow, and purple iBook would likely sell more briskly than one that's white and neon green. Keep your eyes peeled for this daring ensemble to hit the runways later this fall; meanwhile, check out the Star Tribune's photo ASAP, because you know how quickly Apple's lawyers can move...


 
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The above scene was taken from the 9/14/00 episode:

September 14, 2000: Just because Steve didn't make a big thing about it doesn't mean there's no new PowerBook for sale. Meanwhile, MacWEEK discovers that there is a market for Key Lime, and a photo of a mysterious fourth iBook color scheme surfaces in a Minnesota newspaper...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 2547: A New PowerBook. Sorta. (9/14/00)   Whoops-- as usual, looks like we spoke a little too soon. Evidently there is a new PowerBook out there, but before you bust out the party hats and credit cards, we should probably warn you that it's not exactly what people were expecting...

  • 2548: A Hue In Search Of A Market (9/14/00)   Okay, we wanted to a wait a day to make sure we weren't the only ones who felt this way, but does anyone like Key Lime? Not the pie, you understand, but the new "special" color available for the iBook, which is less evocative of a citrus fruit than it is of a dill pickle plugged into house current...

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