U.S. iBook in Japan

U.S. iBook in Japan

Post by ewesti » Mon, 25 Oct 2004 08:53:56

I am thinking of purchasing an iBook in the U.S. and would like to
know if it will run Japanese Mac Software. I have also heard
something about some incompatibilities with the DVD although I'm not
sure what the problem is. Is it still a problem for the iBooks that
came out last week? Thanks for any input.

U.S. iBook in Japan

Post by Tom Harrin » Mon, 25 Oct 2004 09:51:22

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,

Any iBook purchased anywhere in the world these days will run Japanese
software. Since Mac OS X was released there aren't language-specific
versions of the operating system; it's all there waiting to be used.

The only DVD issue is DVD region codes. Different regions of the world
are in different DVD regions, and DVDs from one region don't play on
drives from another region. It's not specific to iBooks or even to
Apple, but it something you'd encounter on any DVD drive on any
computer. You can change a DVD drive's region code, but you can only do
this a few times. So you could buy an iBook in the USA and then switch
the DVD region code for Japan, but it's not the kind of change you would
want to make very often.

You'll probably need a plug adaptor for the power supply to use it in
Japan. The power supply can handle the electricity from Japanese
outlets, it's just that the plug is probably the wrong shape.

Tom "Tom" Harrington
Macaroni, Automated System Maintenance for Mac OS X.
Version 2.0: Delocalize, Repair Permissions, lots more.
See http://www.yqcomputer.com/


U.S. iBook in Japan

Post by ewesti » Thu, 28 Oct 2004 00:31:30

Thank you for taking the time to explain this in a such a concise
and precise manner.

U.S. iBook in Japan

Post by wayne inga » Sat, 30 Oct 2004 11:21:52

I've taken my iBook and 1400 before it to Japan several times. Their
outlets are almost the same as in the US, with the exception that you
will almost never see a grounded outlet. If your plug has a third prong,
you'll either want to buy an adapter that turns it into a two prong or
take a clipper and cut the ground prong off. Buy the adapter here at any
hardware store or Radio Shack, they may not be as easy to find once
you're there (speaking from experience, having forgotten to pack the
correct cable once).


U.S. iBook in Japan

Post by ewesti » Sat, 20 Nov 2004 09:46:50

I appreciate the advice.

U.S. iBook in Japan

Post by wayne inga » Thu, 25 Nov 2004 11:13:21

One more detail I left out: outlets in Japan typically don't accept
polarized plugs (the kind with one blade wider than the other). You will
want to make sure that your plug or adapter has two narrow blades so
that it will fit in a standard outlet there. I used a metal file on one
of my 3 -> 2 prong adapters to be sure it would fit.

Now I think you have all the information you need. Enjoy your stay!