PowerBook G4 (12-inch, 15-inch, 17-inch Double-Layer SD) - Technical Specifications

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 PowerBook G4 (12-inch, 15-inch, 17-inch Double-Layer SD) - Technical Specifications

Configurations 12-inch PowerBook 15-inch PowerBook 17-inch PowerBook
Model M9691LL/A M9969LL/A M9970LL/A
Processor 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 1.67GHz PowerPC G4
Memory 512MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM (running at 333MHz) 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM (running at 333MHz)
Display 12.1-inch (diagonal), 1024 x 768 resolution, TFT 15.2-inch (diagonal), 1440 x 960 resolution, TFT widescreen 17-inch (diagonal), 1680 x 1050 resolution, TFT widescreen
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 with 64MB of DDR SDRAM ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 128MB of DDR SDRAM and dual-link DVI
Video out Mini-DVI, VGA, S-video and composite (adapter sold separately) DVI, VGA, S-video and composite
Audio Audio line-in, headphone-out, stereo speakers, microphone Combined analog and optical digital line-in, combined analog and optical digital line-out, stereo speakers, microphone
Hard disk drive (1) 80GB Ultra ATA/100; 5400 rpm 120GB Ultra ATA/100; 5400 rpm
Slot-loading optical drive 8x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW) 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/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 (Wi-Fi 802.11g); built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
Modem (3) Built-in 56K V.92 modem
Keyboard Full size Full size, illuminated with ambient light sensor
Expansion One FireWire 400 and two USB 2.0 ports One FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, two USB 2.0 ports, and Type I/II PC Card slot
Weight 4.6 pounds 5.6 pounds 6.9 pounds
Footprint 10.9 x 8.6 inches 13.7 x 9.5 inches 15.4 x 10.2 inches
Thickness 1.18 inches 1.1 inches 1 inch
Battery life Up to 5 hours Up to 5.5 hours
System software Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger (includes Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Classic environment, Xcode Developer Tools)
Software iLife ’05 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand), Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, Zinio Reader, Art Directors Toolkit, FileMaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks For Mac New User Edition, 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, lithium-ion battery
Limited warranty and service Your PowerBook G4 comes with 90 days of telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare 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.
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; upgradable to 1.25GB on 12-inch model and to 2GB on 15- and 17-inch models
Hard drive
  • 100GB 7200-rpm drive option available on 15- and 17-inch models; 120GB 5400-rpm drive option available on 15-inch model; 100GB 5400-rpm drive option available on 12-inch and 15-inch models; (only from the online Apple Store)
Optical drive
  • Combo drive
  • 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 M9756G/A
  • PowerBook G4 17-inch Rechargeable Battery M9326G/A
External keyboard
and mouse
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard M9270LL/A
  • Apple Wireless Mouse M9269Z/A
  • Apple Keyboard (White) M9034LL/A
  • Apple Mighty Mouse MA086LL/A
  • AppleCare Protection Plan M8853LL/A
  • .Mac Subscription MA175Z/A

Technical Specifications

Processor and Memory

  • 1.67GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine, 512K SRAM on-chip L2 cache, 167MHz system bus
  • 512MB (single SO-DIMM) of PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM running at 333MHz; two SO-DIMM slots; support for up to 2GB

Storage (1)

  • 120GB 5400-rpm or optional 100GB 7200-rpm Ultra ATA/100 hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor
  • Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • Maximum write: 8x DVD-R and DVD+R; 4x DVD-RW and DVD+RW; 2.4 DVD+R (double layer), 24x CD-R; 16x CD-RW
    • Maximum read: 8x DVD-ROM (single layer); 6x DVD-ROM (double layer), DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW; 24x CD-R
  • Optional slot-loading Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
    • Maximum write: 24x CD-R; 16x CD-RW
    • Maximum read: 8x DVD; 24x CD


  • Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking (based on 802.11g standard; Wi-Fi Certified for 802.11g and 802.11b interoperability) (3)
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • Built-in 56K V.92 modem (RJ-11 connector) (4)


  • One FireWire 800 port at up to 800 Mbps; one FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port at up to 400 Mbps (5)
  • Two USB 2.0 ports at up to 480 Mbps
  • Type I/II PC Card slot


  • 17-inch (diagonal) TFT display
    • Support for millions of colors at 1680 x 1050 pixel resolution
    • Support for resolutions of 1680 x 1050 (native), 1440 x 852, 1280 x 1024, 1280 x 800, 1152 x 720, 1024 x 768, 1024 x 640, 800 x 500, 720 x 480 and 640 x 480 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 x 1024, 1024 x 768, 800 x 600 and 640 x 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 720 x 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio

Video and graphics support

  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics processor with AGP 4X support and 128MB of DDR SDRAM video memory
    • Dual-link DVI functionality
    • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1680 x 1050 pixels on the built-in display and up to 2560 x 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors (6)
  • DVI output port
  • VGA output using included DVI to VGA adapter
  • S-video output port
  • Composite video output using included S-video to composite adapter


  • Combined optical digital input/audio line in (minijack)
  • Combined optical digital output/headphone out (minijack)
  • Two built-in stereo speakers
  • Internal omnidirectional microphone


  • Kensington cable lock slot

Battery and power

  • 58-watt-hour lithium-ion battery (with integrated charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 5.5 hours of battery life (7)
  • 65W power adapter with cable management system
  • 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
  • Solid-state trackpad provides precise cursor control; supports tap, double-tap, drag and scrolling capabilities

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

  • 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 base station or other wireless access point 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. 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 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.

Published Date: Apr 6, 2016