PowerBook G4 (12-inch) - Technical Specifications

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PowerBook G4 (12-inch) - Technical Specifications
Order number M8760LL/A
Processor 867MHz PowerPC G4
Level 2 cache 256K
Memory 256MB PC2100 (266MHz) DDR SDRAM
Hard drive 40GB Ultra ATA/1004
Optical drive Slot-loading Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Display 12.1-inch (diagonal) TFT XGA
Graphics support NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go with 32MB of DDR SDRAM
Wireless support Built-in Bluetooth 1.1; AirPort Extreme ready2
Ethernet Built-in 10/100BASE-T
Modem Built-in 56K V.925
Software Mac OS X, QuickTime, iCal, iChat, iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, DVD Player, Mac OS X Mail, Microsoft Internet Explorer, EarthLink (includes 30 days of free service), Acrobat Reader, Art Directors Toolkit, FAXstf, FileMaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, Microsoft Office v. X Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition, Developer Tools, Apple Hardware Test
Service and support 90 days of free telephone support and one-year limited warranty
Included Apple Video Adapter, Apple VGA Display Adapter, modem cable, power adapter, AC wall plug, power cord
Technical Specifications

Processor and memory

  • 867MHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine
  • 256K DDR SRAM level 2 cache
  • 133MHz system bus
  • 256MB of PC2100 (266MHz) DDR SDRAM (128MB built in and 128MB in SO-DIMM slot); supports up to 640MB


  • 40GB 4200-rpm Ultra ATA/100 hard drive4
  • One of the following optical drives: 
    —Slot-loading Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW): reads DVDs at 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at 10x speed, reads CDs at 24x speed 
    —Optional slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW): writes DVD-R discs at 1x speed, reads DVDs at 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at 8x speed, writes CD-RW discs at 4x speed, reads CDs at 24x speed


  • Built-in antennas and expansion slot for optional 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme Card2 (based on 802.11g draft specification; IEEE 802.11b Wi-Fi certified)
  • Built-in Bluetooth 1.1
  • Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • Built-in 56K V.92 modem5 (RJ-11 connector)


  • One FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps6
  • Two 12-Mbps USB 1.1 ports


  • 12.1-inch (diagonal) TFT XGA active-matrix display 
    —Support for millions of colors at 1024-by-768-pixel resolution 
    —Support for resolution scaling to 800-by-600-pixel and 640-by-480-pixel resolution with millions of colors

Video and graphics support

  • NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go graphics processor with AGP 4X support and 32MB of DDR SDRAM video memory for 2D/3D graphics acceleration
  • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1024 by 768 pixels on the built-in display and up to 1600 by 1200 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
  • VGA output using included Apple VGA Display Adapter
  • S-video output using included Apple Video Adapter
  • Composite video output using included Apple Video Adapter


  • Audio line in (minijack)
  • Headphone out (minijack)
  • Built-in stereo speakers with midrange-enhancing third speaker
  • Internal omnidirectional microphone

Battery and power

  • 47-watt-hour lithium-ion battery (with integrated charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 5 hours of battery life3
  • 45W power adapter with cable management system
  • Power adapter port


  • Kensington cable lock slot

Keyboard and trackpad

  • Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted ÒTÓ arrangement), and embedded numeric keypad
  • Solid-state trackpad for precise cursor control; supports tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities

Electrical and environmental requirements

  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50¡ to 95¡ F (10¡ to 35¡ C)
  • Storage temperature: Ð13¡ to 140¡ F (Ð25¡ to 60¡ C)
  • Relative humidity: 20% to 80% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Size and weight

  • 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 installed1
Internet access requires a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply. Product contains electronic documentation. Backup copy of software is included.
  1. Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. Wireless Internet access requires AirPort Extreme Card, AirPort Base Station or AirPort Extreme Base Station, and Internet access (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort and AirPort Extreme. Range may vary with site conditions.
  3. Battery life depends on configuration and use.
  4. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  5. 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.
  6. Actual rates will vary.

Published Date: Apr 6, 2016