PowerBook G4 (1.5 - 1.67 GHz)


Family: PowerBook G3/G4

Codename: ?

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: 10.3.7

Maximum OS: 10.5.8

Introduced: January 2005

Terminated: October 2005


CPU: PowerPC 7447a "G4"

CPU Speed: 1.5/1.67 GHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 166 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 512 kB on-processor

ROM: 1 MB ROM + 3 MB toolbox ROM loaded into RAM


Minimum RAM Speed: 333 MHz

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 2

Maximum RAM: 2 GB

Expansion Slots: 1 PC Card (Type I or II) (see notes)


Screen: 12.1"/15.2"/17.1" active matrix TFT

GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (see notes)

VRAM: 64/128 MB

Max Resolution: 1024x768/1280x854/1440x900

Video Out: DVI, S-Video (see notes)


Hard Drive: 60/80/100 GB 5400 RPM (w/SMS)

ATA Bus: Ultra ATA-100

Optical Drive: 24x/24x/16x/8x CD-RW/DVD-ROM or 24x/24x/10x/8x/8x/4x CD-RW/DVD±RW


USB: 2 2.0

Firewire: 1

Firewire800: 1

Audio Out: stereo 24 bit mini

Audio In: stereo 24 bit mini

Speaker: stereo

Microphone: mono


Modem: 56 kbps

Ethernet: 10/100/1000BaseT

Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g

Bluetooth: internal


Power: 65 Watts

Dimensions: 1.1" H x 13.7" W x 9.5" D

Weight: 5.6 lbs.


The 12.1" models had 10/100BT Ethernet, a mini-DVI port, a 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200, weighed 4.6 pounds, and had the following dimensions: 1.18" H x 10.9" W x 8.6" D. In addition, they had 256 MB of RAM soldered to the motherboard, no PC card slot, and a single RAM slot for expansion. The 17.1" model had 128 MB of VRAM and a dual-link DVI port (available as a BTO option on 15" model), weighed 6.9 pounds, and had the following dimensions: 1" H x 15.4" W x 10.2" D.

Announced on the last day of January in 2005, the PowerBook G4 (1.5-1.67 GHz, was essentially a speed-bump of the existing PowerBook G4 line, with modest feature improvements on the low and middle-end models. The PowerBook G4 shipped in five configurations. There were two 12.1" models, both with 1.5 GHz processors and 512 MB of RAM: the Combo Drive model, with a 60 GB hard drive, sold for $1,499 and the SuperDrive model, with an 80 GB hard drive, sold for $1,699. There were also two 15.1" models, both with 512 MB of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive and an illuminated keyboard: the 1.5 GHz Combo Drive model was $1,999; the SuperDrive model, with a 1.67 GHz processor, was $2,299. There was a single, high-end 17" model, with 512 MB of RAM, a 100 GB hard drive, twice the VRAM, a dual-link DVI port and a SuperDrive, for $2,699. The 15.1" and 17" models were replaced by the PowerBook (Dual Layer SD) in October 2005. The 12.1" model was discontinued in May 2006; its form-factor was merged with the iBook line into the new intel-based MacBook models.

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.