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PowerBook G4 (12-inch 1.5 GHz, 15-inch 1.67/1.5GHz, 17-inch 1.67 GHz) - Technical Specifications

 PowerBook G4 (12-inch 1.5 GHz, 15-inch 1.67/1.5GHz, 17-inch 1.67 GHz) - Technical Specifications

Configurations 12-inch
Combo drive
12-inch
SuperDrive
15-inch
Combo drive
15-inch
SuperDrive
17-inch
SuperDrive
Model M9690LL/A M9691LL/A M9676LL/A M9677LL/A M9689LL/A
Processor 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 1.67GHz PowerPC G4
Memory 512MB PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM 512MB PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM, single SO-DIMM
Display 12.1-inch (diagonal), 1024 x 768 resolution, TFT 15.2-inch (diagonal), 1280 x 854 resolution, TFT widescreen 17-inch (diagonal), 1440 x 900 resolution, TFT widescreen
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 with 64MB of DDR SDRAM ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 64MB of DDR SDRAM ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 64MB of DDR SDRAM. Available with 128MB of DDR SDRAM and dual-link DVI as BTO option. ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 128MB of DDR SDRAM and dual-link DVI
Hard disk drive (1) 60GB Ultra ATA/100; 5400 rpm 80GB Ultra ATA/100; 5400 rpm 100GB Ultra ATA/100; 5400 rpm
Slot-loading optical drive Combo drive
DVD-ROM/CD-RW
8x SuperDrive
DVD±RW/CD-RW
Combo drive
DVD-ROM/CD-RW
8x SuperDrive DVD±RW/CD-RW
Ethernet Built-in 10/100BASE-T Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Wireless (2) Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme; built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
Modem (3) Built-in 56K V.92 modem
Keyboard Full size Full size, illuminated with ambient light sensor
System software Mac OS X v10.3 Panther
Software Mail, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, GarageBand and iDVD(4)), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Classic environment, Art Directors Toolkit, EarthLink TotalAccess (includes 30 days of free dial-up service with Earthlink activation), FileMaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, Zinio Reader, Xcode Developer Tools and Apple Hardware Test
Video accessories Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, mini-DVI to VGA adapter S-video to composite adapter, DVI to VGA adapter
Hardware accessories Modem cable, power adapter, AC wall plug, power cord
Limited warranty and service Your PowerBook G4 comes with 90 days of telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase theAppleCare Protection Plan and get three years of service and support. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-certified technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple support or call 800-823-2775.
Internet access All models also include 30 days of free Internet service through EarthLink. Internet access requires a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
Build-to-Order Options Order a custom-configured PowerBook G4 from the online Apple Store or an authorized Apple reseller.
Memory 512MB, 1GB SO-DIMMs
Hard drive
  • 80GB or 100GB 5400-rpm drive options available on 15- and 17-inch models; 100GB option available for 12-inch model (only from the online Apple Store)
Wireless
  • AirPort Extreme Base Station (with modem and antenna port) M8799LL/A
  • AirPort Express Base Station M9470LL/A
Battery and power
  • Apple Portable Power Adapter M8943LL/A
  • PowerBook G4 12-inch Rechargeable Battery M9572G/A
  • PowerBook G4 15-inch Rechargeable Battery M9325G/A
  • PowerBook G4 17-inch Rechargeable Battery M9326G/A
Graphics 128MB DDR SDRAM graphics memory and dual-link DVI functionality option for 1.67GHz 15-inch model.
External keyboard and mouse
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard M9270LL/A
  • Apple Wireless Mouse M9269ZM/A
  • Apple Keyboard (White) M9034LL/A
  • Apple Mouse (White) M9035G/A
Services
  • AppleCare Protection Plan M8853LL/A
  • .Mac Subscription M9036Z/A

Technical Specifications

Processor and Memory

  • 12-inch models
    • 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine, 512K SRAM on-chip L2 cache, 167MHz system bus
    • 512MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM; one SO-DIMM slot; support for up to 1.25GB
  • 15-inch models
    • 1.67GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine, 512K SRAM on-chip L2 cache, 167MHz system bus
    • 512MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 2GB
  • 17-inch model
    • 1.67GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine, 512K SRAM on-chip L2 cache, 167MHz system bus
    • 512MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 2GB

Storage (1)

  • 60GB, 80GB or 100GB 5400-rpm Ultra ATA/100 hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor (12-inch models)
  • 80GB or 100GB 5400-rpm Ultra ATA/100 hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor (15-inch models)
  • 100GB 5400-rpm Ultra ATA/100 hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor (17-inch model)
  • One of the following slot-loading optical drives
    • Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW): reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed (12- and 15-inch models)
    • SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW): writes DVD-R discs at up to 8x ZCLV, writes DVD-RW at up to 4x ZCLV, writes DVD+R discs at up to 8x ZCLV, writes DVD+RW at up to 4x ZCLV, reads DVD-ROM at up to 8x, reads DVD-R at up to 6x, reads DVD+R at up to 6x, reads DVD-RW at up to 6x, reads DVD+RW at up to 6x, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 10x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed

Communications

  • Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking (based on 802.11g standard; Wi-Fi Certified for 802.11g and 802.11b interoperability) (2)
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector) (12-inch models)
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector) (15-inch and 17-inch models)
  • Built-in 56K V.92 modem (RJ-11 connector) (3)

Expansion

  • One FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port at up to 400 Mbps (5)
  • One FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) port at up to 800 Mbps (15-inch and 17-inch models) (5)
  • Two USB 2.0 ports at up to 480 Mbps
  • One PC Card/CardBus slot supporting one Type I or Type II card (15-inch and 17-inch models)

Display

  • 12.1-inch (diagonal) TFT display (12-inch models)
    • Support for millions of colors at 1024 x 768 pixel resolution
    • Support for resolution scaling to 800 x 600 pixel and 640 x 480 pixel resolution with millions of colors
  • 15.2-inch (diagonal) TFT display (15-inch models)
    • Support for millions of colors at 1280 x 854 pixel resolution
    • Support for resolutions of 1280 x 854 (native), 1152 x 768, 896 x 600, 720 x 480, and 640 x 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768, 800 x 600 and 640 x 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 17-inch (diagonal) TFT display (17-inch model)
    • Support for millions of colors at 1440 x 900 pixel resolution
    • Supported resolutions: 1440 x 900 (native), 1152 x 720, 1024 x 768, 1024 x 640 and 800 x 600 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768, 800 x 600 and 640 x 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio

Video and graphics support

  • NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 graphics processor with AGP 4X support and 64MB of DDR SDRAM video memory (12-inch models)
    • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1024 x 768 pixels on the built-in display and up to 2048 x 1536 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors (6)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics processor with AGP 4X support and 64MB of DDR SDRAM video memory (15-inch model), 128MB of video memory (17-inch model)
    • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1280 x 854 pixels on the built-in display and up to 2048 x 1536 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors (15-inch model)(6)
    • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1440 x 900 pixels on the built-in display and up to 2560 x 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors (17-inch model)(6)
  • Mini-DVI port (12-inch models)
  • DVI output using included mini-DVI to DVI adapter (12-inch models)
  • VGA output using included mini-DVI to VGA adapter (12-inch models)
  • S-video and composite video output using mini-DVI to video adapter (sold separately) (12-inch models)
  • DVI output port (15-inch and 17-inch models)
  • VGA output using included DVI to VGA adapter (15-inch and 17-inch models)
  • S-video output port (15-inch and 17-inch models)
  • Composite video output using included S-video to composite adapter (15-inch and 17-inch models)

Audio

  • Audio line in (minijack) (12- and 15-inch models)
  • Headphone out (minijack) (12- and 15-inch models)
  • Combined optical digital input/audio line in (minijack) (17-inch model)
  • Combined optical digital output/headphone out (minijack) (17-inch model)
  • Built-in stereo speakers with midrange-enhancing third speaker (12-inch and 15-inch models)
  • Two built-in stereo speakers (17-inch model)
  • Internal omnidirectional microphone

Battery and power

  • 50-watt-hour lithium-ion battery (with integrated charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 5 hours of battery life (12-inch models) (7)
  • 50-watt-hour lithium-ion battery (with integrated charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 4.5 hours of battery life (15-inch models) (7)
  • 58-watt-hour lithium-ion battery (with integrated charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 4.5 hours of battery life (17-inch model) (7)
  • 45W power adapter with cable management system (12-inch models)
  • 65W power adapter with cable management system (15-inch and 17-inch models)
  • Power adapter port

Keyboard and trackpad

  • Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement) and embedded keypad
  • Illuminated fiber-optic, backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor (15- and 17-inch models)
  • Solid-state trackpad provides precise cursor control; supports tap, double-tap, drag and scrolling capabilities

Security

  • Kensington cable lock slot

Electrical and environmental requirements

  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50 to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F (-25° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 ft
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 ft
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 ft

Size and weight (12-inch model)

  • Height: 1.18 inches (3.0 cm)
  • Width: 10.9 inches (27.7 cm)
  • Depth: 8.6 inches (21.9 cm)
  • Weight: 4.6 pounds (2.1 kg) with battery and optical drive installed (8)

Size and weight (15-inch models)

  • Height: 1.1 inches (2.8 cm)
  • Width: 13.7 inches (34.8 cm)
  • Depth: 9.5 inches (24.1 cm)
  • Weight: 5.6 pounds (2.5 kg) with battery and optical drive installed (8)

Size and weight (17-inch model)

  • Height: 1.0 inch (2.6 cm)
  • Width: 15.4 inches (39.2 cm)
  • Depth: 10.2 inches (25.9 cm)
  • Weight: 6.9 pounds (3.1 kg) with battery and optical drive installed (8)
  1. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  2. Wireless Internet access requires AirPort Extreme Card, AirPort Base Station or AirPort Extreme Base Station, and Internet access (fees may apply). Achieving data rates up to 54 Mbps requires that all users have an AirPort Extreme Card and connect to an AirPort Extreme Base Station. Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort and AirPort Extreme. Range may vary with site conditions.
  3. Compatible ISP and telephone services required. Your ISP may not support all V.92 features. Modem will function according to V.90 standards if V.92 services are not available. Actual modem speeds lower; speed depends on connection rate and other factors.
  4. Burning DVDs in iDVD requires an Apple SuperDrive, but iDVD projects can be saved as an archive on PowerBook G4 models with a Combo Drive and later transferred to a SuperDrive-equipped system and burned to a DVD.
  5. Actual rates will vary.
  6. Some third-party DVI displays may not support all resolutions. Actual resolutions and refresh rates depend on the monitor.
  7. Battery life depends on configuration and use.
  8. Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.

Internet access requires a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply. Product includes electronic documentation. Backup copy of software is included. Product specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

Last Modified: Aug 12, 2013
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