PowerBook G4 Family


Family: PowerBook G3/G4

Codename: ?

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: 10.3.3

Maximum OS: 10.5.8

Introduced: April 2004

Terminated: January 2005


CPU: PowerPC 7447a "G4"

CPU Speed: 1.33/1.5 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)


Max Resolution: 1024x768/1280x854/1440x900

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


Hard Drive: 60/80 GB 4200 RPM

ATA Bus: Ultra ATA-100

Optical Drive: 24x/24x/16x/12x CD-RW/DVD-ROM or 24x/16x/8x/8x/4x/2x CD-RW/DVD-RW


USB: 2 2.0

Firewire: 1

Firewire800: 1

Audio Out: 16 bit stereo mini

Audio In: 16 bit stereo 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, an 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 weighed 6.9 pounds, and had the following dimensions: 1" H x 15.4" W x 10.2" D. 128 MB of VRAM was available as a BTO option on 15 and 17" models.

Released in April 2004, The PowerBook G4 Family brought the entire PowerBook Line under a single product designation, with the same release cycle. Largely speed-bumps of existing product lines, the PowerBook G4 Family also added faster graphics cards and faster optical drives, and made AirPort Extreme cards standard accross the entire line

The PowerBook G4 shipped in five configurations. There were two 12.1" models, both with 1.33 GHz processors, 256 MB of RAM, and a 60 GB hard drive: the Combo Drive model sold for $1,599, and the SuperDrive model sold for $1,799. There were also two 15.1" models: the Combo Drive model, with a 1.33 GHz processor, 256 MB of RAM, and a 60 GB hard drive was $1,999; the SuperDrive model, with a 1.5 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive, and an illuminated keyboard, was $2,499. There was a single, high-end 17" model, with the same specs as the SuperDrive 15" model, for $2,799.

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.