Apple M9183LL - PowerBook G4 - PowerPC 1.33 GHz Specifications

PowerBook G4
Technology Overview
April 2004
Technology Overview
PowerBook G4
Contents
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The PowerBook G4 Family
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12-inch PowerBook G4
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15-inch PowerBook G4
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17-inch PowerBook G4
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Stunning Design
Thin, Light Aluminum Case
Brilliant Display
Easy-Access I/O Ports
Illuminated Keyboard (15- and 17-inch PowerBook)
Ambient Light Sensor (15- and 17-inch PowerBook)
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Key Performance Features
PowerPC G4 Processor
DDR Memory
Leading Mobile Graphics
SuperDrive
Long Battery Life
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Built-in Wired and Wireless Communications
AirPort Extreme
Bluetooth
Ethernet
V.92 Modem
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Advanced Connectivity
FireWire 400 and 800
USB 2.0
PC Card/CardBus Slot (15- and 17-inch PowerBook)
Video Output: Five Ways to Connect
Audio
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Thin, Light, and Powerful: The Perfect Choice for You
Creative Professionals
Business
Higher Education
Science and Technology
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Product Configurations and Options
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Technical Specifications
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The PowerBook G4 Family
Since its auspicious debut, the PowerBook G4 has made waves throughout the
industry and set the standard that all other laptop computers aspire to reach.
In 2003—the year of the notebook—Apple introduced the 12-inch, 15-inch, and
17-inch PowerBook models in a revolutionary thin and light aluminum enclosure.
This new design made a huge impact on the world of portable computers, and for the
PowerBook G4, design is just the beginning. Throughout its amazing evolution, the
PowerBook has featured industry-leading performance, groundbreaking innovation,
and a stunning design. Today Apple is proud to introduce faster processors, enhanced
graphics performance, increased SuperDrive speeds, and built-in wireless capability
across the line, making the PowerBook G4 family one of the most innovative and
powerful notebook computers available.
The combination of size, feature, and performance options defines the portable
computer, and the PowerBook G4 is the only notebook to offer the best of all worlds.
With the demanding careers of today’s professionals, there is an ever-increasing need
for laptop computers to serve as primary computer systems, and the PowerBook G4
is up to the challenge. Its impressive performance features make it attractive to everyone from graphic designers to video editors to research scientists, and its ultraportable
thin and light aluminum enclosure makes it perfect for work in the office, in the lecture
hall, or on the road. The ideal synergy of design and power, the PowerBook family is
the perfect choice for anyone who requires a full-featured, completely portable, highperformance notebook.
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12-inch PowerBook G4
Ultracompact, Ultradesirable
With the most advanced feature set of any ultracompact notebook, the 12-inch
PowerBook G4 is an amazingly small yet full-featured laptop with the ability to burn
DVDs.1 Now, with a faster G4 processor and system bus, a huge boost in graphics
performance, a larger hard drive, and built-in AirPort Extreme, the 12-inch PowerBook
G4 is the ultimate travel companion.2
Thanks to the new 1.33GHz PowerPC G4 processor, a faster 167MHz system bus, and
the NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 graphics chip with 64MB of dedicated memory (double
that of the previous model), the 12-inch PowerBook G4 is ready for anything—from
business productivity applications to the hottest games. In tests using Quake III Arena,
the new PowerBook outperformed the previous model by 34 percent at 1024 by 768
pixels and millions of colors. Its full range of I/O ports includes tremendous video output versatility, with the ability to connect to everything from Apple flat-panel displays
to digital projectors to monitors and televisions.3
The 12-inch PowerBook is also an amazingly small DVD-burning studio. Its slot-loading
SuperDrive1 lets you create and burn custom CDs and professional-looking DVDs
with ease at 4x speed using the included iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and GarageBand
applications. It also features a brilliant 12.1-inch (diagonal) display, built-in AirPort
Extreme wireless networking, and integrated Bluetooth connectivity in all models.
Remarkably compact and incredibly powerful, it weighs a mere 4.6 pounds,4 requires
a minimal amount of desktop space, and is easily tucked away in a briefcase or
backpack. And with up to 5 hours of battery life, time is always on your side.5
Whether you’re a mobile professional leading the jet-set life or a busy student running
around campus, the 12-inch PowerBook is the perfect travel companion.
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15-inch PowerBook G4
The Ideal Balance of Power and Portability
For the discerning user who places a premium on portability and performance, the
15-inch PowerBook G4 is the ideal computer. Built for power, speed, and mobility,
this PowerBook is one of the thinnest and lightest 15-inch notebooks on the market.
Inside its sleek aluminum enclosure is more than enough horsepower to get the job
done, whether you’re editing video, creating presentations, or analyzing data. You can
choose a 1.33GHz or 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 processor, supercharged by an all-new ATI
Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics processor with either 64MB or 128MB of memory. The
brand-new, faster SuperDrive lets you burn professional DVDs with ease, at double
the speed of the previous drive.1
Every 15-inch PowerBook is equipped to connect to a wireless network right out
of the box. All configurations now feature a built-in AirPort Extreme Card, so you
can connect to an 802.11g wireless network at speeds up to five times faster than
conventional Wi-Fi networks.2 Integrated Bluetooth technology extends your wireless
capabilities with cable-free connections to the ever-growing roster of Bluetoothenabled devices, including Apple’s wireless mouse and keyboard. The wired world
is easily accommodated by a suite of high-speed digital connections, including
Gigabit Ethernet, DVI, FireWire 800, and USB 2.0.
The 15-inch PowerBook G4 also incorporates innovative features such as the revolutionary illuminated keyboard,1 which enables you to be productive even when
you’re on a night flight, in a darkened lecture hall, or in a dimly lit studio. Built-in
ambient light sensors monitor the available light; the illuminated keyboard comes
on automatically and the screen brightness is lowered accordingly as the light
grows dimmer in your environment.
With its intelligent combination of features, the 15-inch PowerBook gives you the
freedom to get your work done anytime, anywhere.
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17-inch PowerBook G4
The Ultimate Portable Desktop
With the largest display ever to grace a portable computer, the 17-inch PowerBook G4
is a feat of engineering. No other notebook feels as spacious and as portable at the
same time. Built to be a true desktop replacement, this PowerBook features amazing
performance, a faster processor, all-new graphics, and a faster-burning SuperDrive.
For even the most demanding professionals, the 17-inch PowerBook G4 is ready for
anything and everything.
The 17-inch (diagonal) megawide display simply must be seen to be believed. With
its 1440-by-900-pixel resolution, it provides a viewing area equal to that of a 19-inch
CRT monitor. That’s plenty of room for the toolbars, palettes, and timelines that are
so common in today’s professional applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Final
Cut Pro. You might think that a notebook computer with a 17-inch widescreen display
must be big and bulky, but thanks to its stunning aluminum case, the PowerBook is
just 1 inch thin and weighs only 6.9 pounds.4 Another innovative design feature of the
17-inch PowerBook is the illuminated keyboard, which is ideal when you are working
in a low-light environment like an airplane cabin or a music or video studio.
The performance architecture of the 17-inch PowerBook delivers phenomenal speed,
featuring a 1.5GHz PowerPC G4, the new ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics processor
with up to 128MB of dedicated DDR SDRAM, and up to 2GB of DDR system memory.
Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth technology deliver advanced wireless communications,2 while Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, and USB 2.0 ensure that you can
take advantage of the fastest wired connections available. The built-in SuperDrive,
with a new burning speed of 4x, is invaluable for exchanging huge files on DVD.
With a new faster processor, double the DVD-burning speed, and an all-new graphics
chip, the groundbreaking 17-inch PowerBook G4 is the ultimate choice for creative
professionals who need the best performance and an extra-large workspace for video
editing, audio creation, or graphic design in the office or on the go.
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Stunning Design
The new PowerBook G4 notebook computers give you more features than ever while
maintaining the thin, lightweight design you expect from a PowerBook. An ideal
combination of form and function, the PowerBook is an elegant system that you can
take with you anywhere. Made from state-of-the-art materials, built to last, and easy
to carry, the PowerBook G4 is ready to work wherever you go. From its brilliant display
and full-size keyboard to its smooth aluminum surface, the PowerBook reveals a
tremendous attention to detail that enhances your computing experience.
Thin, Light Aluminum Case
From the company that sets the standard for computer innovation, the PowerBook G4
is revolutionary in its design and construction. Every tiny detail has been designed for
ultimate usability and performance, and the remarkable aluminum alloy enclosure is
no exception.
When designing the PowerBook enclosure, it was essential to select a material that
would provide optimal weight, strength, and durability. Aluminum is approximately
one-third the weight of steel but possesses a superior strength-to-weight ratio. These
unique properties, combined with its durability, make aluminum the material of choice
for performance motorcycle and bicycle frames, aircraft parts, and most car engines.
To create the enclosure, the aluminum alloy is cold-rolled and work-hardened for
added strength. After final forming, it undergoes a special anodizing process to further
harden and protect the surface against stains, scratches, and discoloration. The result
is an enclosure that is lightweight, durable, and modern.
Further enhancing its durability, the PowerBook G4 features a lightweight internal
frame for superior stiffness and shock resistance. The hard drive is rubber-mounted
to the frame, providing additional protection for this valuable component.
Brilliant Display
The widescreen displays of the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook G4 give you a
panoramic, portfolio-like working environment that is perfect for the tools, palettes,
and timelines that creative professionals require to design layouts and edit video,
as well as the visualization tools and productivity applications that researchers use.
The crisp, clear XGA display in the ultracompact 12-inch PowerBook G4 provides
tremendous detail and high saturation for rich, vivid colors. Regardless of the model
you choose, the PowerBook display is perfect for viewing everything from spreadsheets to digital media projects to games.
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Easy-Access I/O Ports
For easy access, all the ports on the PowerBook G4 are placed along the sides in a
logical progression from front to back. The headphone and audio line-in ports are
located toward the front so you can easily reach the devices that connect to them.
Ports for an external monitor, the power cord, and the modem connection—cables
that are usually routed behind the system—are located toward the rear. On the
15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook, there’s even a USB 2.0 port on each side of the case,
allowing you to connect your USB mouse or other device wherever you prefer. On
the 12-inch PowerBook, all the ports, including the USB 2.0 ports, are placed on the
left side.
Illuminated Keyboard (15- and 17-inch PowerBook)
People use notebook computers everywhere these days. For years, customers have
asked for a way to put light on the keyboard so they can see the keys in low-light
situations. Apple took on this challenge and, in the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook
models, offers the industry’s first fiber-optic, backlit keyboard.1
Rather than trying to shine a light down onto the keys (which ends up on the user’s
hands), we used fiber-optic technology to illuminate the keyboard from the bottom.
Directly under the keyboard are 270 fiber-optic strands placed side by side, creating
a light panel that stretches the entire length of the keyboard and provides a uniform
light source. It’s also very thin (the equivalent of about five sheets of standard paper),
allowing us to incorporate this feature while still achieving a very thin profile.
Keyboard legends are seen easily in low-light situations such as a plane, lecture hall,
or video editing studio. You can activate and adjust the illumination yourself or let
the computer control it with the embedded ambient light sensor.
Ambient Light Sensor (15- and 17-inch PowerBook)
Continuing the tradition of unique features that make Apple products easy to use,
PowerBook G4 configurations with an illuminated keyboard include built-in ambient
light sensors. A feature not found in any other notebook computer, these built-in
sensors monitor ambient light levels and adjust the brightness of the screen backlight
and keyboard illumination.
In low light, the computer lowers the brightness of the display. When light levels drop,
the illuminated keyboard comes on so that you can see the keys easily and continue
to work. Conversely, when light levels increase, the PowerBook increases the display
brightness and turns off the keyboard backlight.
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Key Performance Features
The PowerBook G4 is a full-featured notebook computer equipped with the power
and capabilities required by creative professionals, scientists, and businesspeople. It
enables a fast and efficient digital workflow for importing, editing, and rendering data;
previewing the results; and outputting to various formats. Whether your workflow
involves print, web, video, audio, imaging, or other media, the PowerBook G4 has the
high-speed processing, enhanced graphics performance, versatile network connectivity,
and easy expandability to help you work faster and more efficiently.
PowerPC G4 Processor
Apple provides incredible computing performance with the PowerPC G4 processor
with Velocity Engine. The Velocity Engine is a specialized vector processing unit that
uses SIMD (single instruction, multiple data) technology—the application of a single
instruction to multiple data at the same time in a single operation—to accelerate
data processing. Software programs that use vector processing typically transform
large sets of data as they edit an image or render a video effect. For example, when
a filter is used to apply a motion blur to an image, each pixel of the image must be
changed according to the same set of instructions. This is a highly repetitive processing task, which the Velocity Engine accelerates by modifying the image in large,
128-bit chunks. Since the Velocity Engine is a separate processing unit, it can work
on one processor-intensive task while the other functional units in the processor
are crunching other data.
Adobe Photoshop performance results
To demonstrate the superior performance of the PowerBook G4 architecture, Apple
conducted tests using Adobe Photoshop CS (8.0), the most popular application
among creative professionals. Photoshop is an effective cross-platform measure of
system performance because it has been optimized for both Macintosh and Windows
platforms. Apple ran the Adobe Photoshop tests using a 300MB Photoshop file and
a suite of 45 commonly used Photoshop actions, including file saving, image adjustments, mode changes, and filters. We measured the time to execute each filter or
function and compared the performance of all actions using an indexed score.
The 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook models were compared to the 1.7GHz Pentium
M–based Dell Inspiron 8600, one of the fastest Pentium M–based PC notebooks
on the market. The 1.5GHz 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook systems were 1.17 times
faster, while the 1.33GHz 15-inch PowerBook was 1.1 times faster. The 1.33GHz 12-inch
PowerBook was tested against a comparable 12-inch Sony VAIO PCG-V505DC1
notebook with a 1.4GHz Pentium M processor. In this case, the 12-inch PowerBook
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was 1.5 times faster—clearly outpacing a system with a higher processor clock speed
and demonstrating again why megahertz alone is an incomplete measure of system
performance.
Adobe Photoshop CS (8.0)
Based on 45-filter function test
17-inch PowerBook G4
17%
1.5GHz PowerPC G4
15-inch PowerBook G4
17%
1.5GHz PowerPC G4
15-inch PowerBook G4
10%
1.33GHz PowerPC G4
15.4-inch Dell
Inspiron 8600
Baseline
1.7GHz Pentium M
Percent faster than 1.7GHz Pentium M
12-inch PowerBook G4
1.33GHz PowerPC G4
50%
12-inch Sony VAIO
PCG-V505DC1
Baseline
1.4GHz Pentium M
Percent faster than 1.4GHz Pentium M
The 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook G4 models were compared to the 1.7GHz Pentium
M–based Dell Inspiron 8600. The 1.5GHz 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook systems were
17 percent faster, while the 1.33GHz 15-inch PowerBook was 10 percent faster. The 1.33GHz
12-inch PowerBook was compared to a 1.4GHz Pentium M–based Sony VAIO PCG-V505DC1.
In this case, the 12-inch PowerBook was 50 percent faster.
Testing conducted by Apple in March 2004 using preproduction PowerBook G4 units. The 15- and 17-inch models were
configured with 1GB of memory and the 12-inch model was configured with 768MB of memory. Competitive systems
were configured with equivalent memory. File size = 300MB.
BLAST performance results
To demonstrate the performance advantages of the PowerBook G4 for processorintensive scientific analysis, Apple used Basic Local Alignment Search Tool, or BLAST.
BLAST is a popular open source biotechnology application used by life science
researchers to find matches in DNA and protein sequences. BLAST searches are based
on word size, or the number of nucleotide pairs specified by the researcher to register
as a match. For example, a word size of 40 means that two sets of genetic code
have 40 nucleotides in common. Different word sizes are used for different kinds of
research, and users can adjust word size to the sensitivity appropriate to their needs.
With long-word-size or high-performance searches, the researcher is looking for similarities between DNA sequences that are nearly identical—for example, comparing
DNA samples from two different mice. For short-word-size searches (fewer than 11),
the researcher is comparing more distantly related sequences, such as mouse DNA
versus human DNA. These searches require high resolution to find the small matches
between dissimilar sequences.
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Apple compared the performance of the PowerBook family running A/G BLAST with a
3.2GHz Pentium 4–based Dell Dimension XPS desktop system running Red Hat Linux
Enterprise 3 and NCBI BLAST. In common searches using a word size greater than 11,
the PowerBook family delivered up to 3.3 times the performance of the 3.2GHz
Pentium 4–based desktop. This data shows that the PowerBook G4 doesn’t just excel
at creative applications. Scientific applications can greatly benefit from a portable with
a PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine and the balanced performance of the
PowerBook architecture.
BLAST
DNA sequence matching
Millions of nucleotides per second
3.5
3.0
PowerBook G4
1.5GHz
PowerBook G4
2.5
1.33GHz
2.0
1.5
1.0
Dell Dimension XPS
3.2GHz Pentium 4
0.5
0
8
10
11
20
30
35
40
Word length
Testing conducted by Apple in March 2004 using preproduction PowerBook G4 units. All PowerBook G4 systems
were tested using A/G BLAST. The Dell Dimension XPS ran NCBI BLAST on Red Hat Linux.
DDR Memory
The 12-inch PowerBook G4 accommodates up to 1.25GB of Double Data Rate (DDR)
memory, while the 15- and 17-inch PowerBook models accommodate up to 2GB,
providing considerable performance improvements to many system processes. In fact,
by transferring data on both the rising and falling edge of each system clock cycle,
the PowerBook is able to accelerate calls to memory and achieve data rates almost
twice those of regular SDRAM.
Leading Mobile Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 (12-inch PowerBook)
Featured in the 12-inch PowerBook, the NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 graphics
processor, now with 64MB of dedicated DDR memory, continues to raise the standard
for notebook computer graphics. It incorporates advanced features such as hardware
transform and lighting as well as the Lightspeed Memory Architecture II. This architecture improves memory bandwidth to ensure fluid frame rates for the latest 2D and
3D games and professional applications. The GeForce FX Go5200 delivers blazing
performance and includes AGP 4X support as well as MPEG-2 hardware for flawless
DVD playback. In fact, in tests using Quake III Arena at 1024-by-768-pixel resolution
and 32-bit color (millions of colors), the new 12-inch PowerBook demonstrated a
34 percent boost in performance over the previous model. Not only do games flow
more smoothly, but with the full advantage of Quartz Extreme window resizing,
images on a flat-panel display redraw and relocate quite seamlessly.
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ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (15- and 17-inch PowerBook)
Featured in the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook G4, the ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
with 64MB of DDR memory dramatically enhances all aspects of the visual experience,
whether you are viewing high-quality video or complex 3D applications. This advanced
graphics processor features a number of cutting-edge technologies, including programmable pixel and vertex shading for lighting, enabling cinematic quality on the
screen. To boost graphics performance even more, you can increase the DDR memory
to 128MB. This is especially significant for design professionals who need incredible
detail at very high resolutions in graphics applications such as Alias Maya. A leading
solution for notebook graphics, the ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 provides tremendous
performance, ensuring that the 15-inch or 17-inch PowerBook user can develop and
view 2D, 3D, and video applications with ease.
Mac OS X graphics: Quartz Extreme and OpenGL
Not only do these new graphics processors make graphics look better and run more
smoothly, they boost overall system performance. That’s because they work directly
with Quartz Extreme, the windowing technology in Mac OS X.
Quartz Extreme offloads graphics-specific tasks from the main processor to the
graphics processor. This approach makes onscreen images faster and more responsive,
providing fluid, full-frame-rate graphics even in highly composited scenes such as
translucent 3D objects over full-motion DVD video. It also frees the main processor
to complete other tasks more quickly. Mac OS X is the only operating system with a
composited windowing system, seamlessly blending 2D, 3D, and video content for
vastly improved graphics performance.
Quartz Extreme leverages the powerful OpenGL-based 3D graphics engine in Mac
OS X. The industry’s most widely used and supported 3D graphics technology, OpenGL
features high-performance visualization capabilities that make it ideal for graphic
design applications, special effects, 3D modeling, and gaming. Mac OS X boosts the
performance of OpenGL to a new level, making the Mac the ultimate personal computer platform for 3D graphics.
SuperDrive
The PowerBook G4 now offers faster DVD-burning capability through the built-in
slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW).1 With the integrated iLife software (iTunes,
iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and GarageBand), it turns the PowerBook into a portable CD
and DVD recording studio.
The new 4x-speed SuperDrive is ideal for archiving and transferring large image files
on CDs and DVDs. CDs can hold up to 650MB of data, while DVDs can store as much
as 4.7GB. With this kind of capacity, you can easily back up an entire digital photo
collection or a thousand MP3 files—and keep them safe for years.
The CD-burning Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) is ideal for creating data and music
CDs. The Combo drive and SuperDrive also read CD-ROMs and play DVD movies—
perfect for staying entertained on the next long plane flight.
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Long Battery Life
One of the most important features needed to ensure portability in a notebook
computer is long battery life. The PowerBook G4 is designed to provide outstanding
battery life at a variety of performance levels and in varied work environments.
Battery life performance results
17-inch PowerBook G4
Maximum
Up to 4 hours, 30 minutes
Wireless networking Up to 3 hours, 45 minutes
DVD playback
Up to 2 hours, 15 minutes
15-inch PowerBook G4
Maximum
Up to 4 hours, 30 minutes
Wireless networking Up to 3 hours
DVD playback
Up to 2 hours, 15 minutes
12-inch PowerBook G4
Maximum
Up to 5 hours
Wireless networking Up to 3 hours, 45 minutes
DVD playback
Up to 2 hours, 45 minutes
Results may vary depending on configuration.
One measure of battery performance is the system’s maximum possible battery life,
where the workload is modest but the demand for long productivity times is high.
For today’s busy professionals, however, working on the go is no longer a luxury—
it’s a necessity. With the growing prevalence of Wi-Fi networks at work, in cafés, in
airports, and at home, battery life in wireless environments is increasingly important
to notebook users. Another key area is battery life while playing a DVD movie, something many mobile users enjoy during a plane flight or long car trip. Apple tested the
battery life provided by the PowerBook family when working for the longest time
possible, working in a wireless environment, or running a DVD movie.5 Results are
shown at left.
• Maximum performance test. All PowerBook systems are capable of incredible battery
life. Apple tested the PowerBook G4 in several usage scenarios, using energy-saving
features built into Mac OS X, to gauge what users can expect in terms of maximum
battery life.
• Wireless networking performance test. All new PowerBook G4 computers have
built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking to make staying connected as easy as
possible. Apple tested wireless battery life by alternately loading web pages over an
AirPort network and editing a text document, never letting the system go to sleep
during the test. This is a typical scenario of computer use on the go, resulting in a
battery performance number that is very relevant to mobile users.
• DVD playback performance test. Every PowerBook comes standard with a DVD
player for DVD movie playback. Viewing a DVD movie usually takes 2 hours and is
an experience that shouldn’t be interrupted by recharging or swapping the battery.
PowerBook battery life for this system-intensive activity was tested by playing a
complete DVD movie in full-screen mode at full screen brightness.
Power management features
With Mac OS X, you can adjust processor performance to further increase battery
efficiency. Through the Energy Saver system preference, you can set the computer’s
performance to the Automatic setting, which dynamically adjusts the processor
frequency based on the demands of the user and various applications. To ensure
maximum battery life, the processor can be set to operate at the Reduced setting,
which forces it to operate at a lower frequency. If constant operation at the highest
level of performance is required, as it is for data-intensive applications like creative
audio software, you may want to set the processor at the Highest setting to keep
the processor running at its highest frequency at all times.
It’s easy to monitor the amount of battery charge—simply look at the battery status
icon in the menu bar or at the five LEDs on the bottom of the battery. Pressing the
button next to the LEDs gives an indication of the amount of charge left in the battery. The LEDs work even when the battery is out of the computer. They also illuminate
when the system is plugged into AC power to indicate that the battery is charging,
and turn off when the battery becomes fully charged.
If you need to work with multiple batteries while traveling, the sleep-swapping feature
of the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook allows you to quickly change batteries without
shutting down the system. Simply put the system to sleep by closing the lid and then
remove the battery; the PowerBook can maintain the contents of RAM using its backup battery for up to three minutes. After inserting a new battery, open the lid to wake
the system from sleep and resume work.
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Built-in Wired and Wireless
Communications
Today’s mobile professionals work in a variety of environments, including offices,
homes, client sites, and hotels. To accommodate these varied locations, comprehensive
networking technologies, including AirPort Extreme wireless networking, Bluetooth,
Ethernet, and modem, are built into every PowerBook G4 system. So no matter how
you need to connect—by accessing a wireless network on the fly or by plugging into
a huge wired pipeline via Ethernet—the PowerBook has you covered.
AirPort Extreme
Rendezvous
Apple’s revolutionary Rendezvous technology
allows computers and other smart devices
to create a network instantly by finding and
connecting to each other automatically. Each
device broadcasts which services (such as file
sharing or printing) it’s offering for the use
of others, and discovers the services being
provided by the other devices.
For example, two business executives in a
hotel meeting room can establish a network
to exchange files using the AirPort Extreme
networking cards built into their PowerBook
systems. When the computer is turned on
and connected to a wired network, it automatically discovers and lists available
Rendezvous-enabled printers.
Rendezvous is built into Mac OS X v10.3 and
works with today’s most popular connection
technologies, including Ethernet, AirPort,
and AirPort Extreme. It uses the standard IP
networking protocol. Epson, HP, and Lexmark
are integrating Rendezvous into printers,
and other manufacturers of peripherals and
consumer electronics are expected to release
Rendezvous-enabled devices.
Wireless networking is exploding in popularity. In 1999, Apple led the wireless
revolution with the affordable, easy-to-use AirPort wireless networking technology.
Around home, on campus, or in an office building, AirPort lets you access the network
resources you need without cables.
Now AirPort Extreme is built into every model of the PowerBook line, giving you
instant access to wireless networks and the freedom to connect wherever you are.
Based on the IEEE 802.11g standard, AirPort Extreme supports data rates of up to
54 Mbps.2 That means you can exchange data on an 802.11g network almost five times
as fast as on an 802.11b network. AirPort Extreme is also compatible with the millions
of Wi-Fi Certified 802.11b devices in use around the world, so you’ll still be able to
access your company’s wireless network, check email at your favorite coffee house,
and do research around your school campus.
In addition to its faster performance and broad compatibility, AirPort Extreme is
loaded with advanced features, like wireless sharing of a USB printer,6 wireless
bridging of AirPort Extreme Base Stations, and other options to increase the range
of your network. And it supports up to 50 simultaneous users—Mac and PC—all
sharing a single Internet connection.
Bluetooth
The PowerBook G4 also features integrated Bluetooth hardware and software. This
means you can connect wirelessly with Bluetooth-enabled devices such as PDAs,
mobile phones, wireless headsets, HCRP-supported printers, and other Bluetoothequipped computers—all without requiring a direct line of sight between devices.
You can also connect to the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse.
Every PowerBook G4 comes ready to connect wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled
peripheral devices within a radius of 30 feet. And because Bluetooth is like wireless
USB, you can connect to many devices at once.
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With the included iSync software, you can easily synchronize information between
your PowerBook, mobile phone, and Palm OS–based PDA. You can also have cablefree connections between a Macintosh and your Palm handheld. Use the Bluetooth
File Exchange application to transfer files between your PowerBook and another
Macintosh or a Windows computer. Or use a camera phone to send images to your
PowerBook, put them in an iCard, and send an instant postcard over the phone’s
GPRS connection. With the Bluetooth technology in your PowerBook, your Bluetoothenabled GSM/GPRS mobile phone can even act like a modem in your pocket.
Ethernet
Integrated high-speed I/O
Ethernet and FireWire are implemented in
the most efficient manner in the PowerBook
systems; they’re both connected directly to
the system controller. In a Windows-based
notebook, these features often reside on
the PCI bus, causing additional data congestion for the PCI bus and I/O controller.
The dedicated connection in the PowerBook
guarantees low latency, resulting in optimal
Ethernet and FireWire performance.
Both the 15- and 17-inch PowerBook G4 models feature Gigabit (10/100/1000BASE-T)
Ethernet; the 12-inch PowerBook features 10/100BASE-T Ethernet. All PowerBook
models automatically switch to the speed of the connected Ethernet network. Just
plug your computer into an Ethernet network, DSL modem, or cable modem, and
you can transfer files in a flash or browse the Internet immediately.
Speaking of easy Internet connections, Mac OS X automatically finds the best way
to connect to the network wherever you take your computer. You don’t have to
continually set and reset complex network options every time you move to a new
location. A feature called “multihoming” in Mac OS X enables the PowerBook to
communicate with all of its network interfaces at the same time. Each network
interface has to be configured only once.
V.92 Modem
Whether you’re in a hotel room, at home, or on campus, you can use the built-in
modem to access your office network, dial an Internet service provider, or send
and receive faxes. The 56K modem with V.92 support allows you to use a single line
for both voice and data.7 If a voice call comes in while you’re online and your ISP
supports the V.92 protocol, you’ll be able to hold the Internet connection for a set
period of time while you speak on the phone.
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Advanced Connectivity
Today’s high-speed business world doesn’t slow down just because you have a slow
connection. That’s why the PowerBook G4 is the only notebook that includes FireWire
400 and 800 (15- and 17-inch models), USB 2.0, and full video and audio support built
in. With such a wide range of options, you can give a presentation using a projector,
connect to an all-digital, flat-panel Apple display or a third-party VGA monitor, and
work with almost any digital audio or video device, all without skipping a beat.
FireWire 400 and 800
FireWire 400 (also known as IEEE 1394a and Sony i.LINK) supports data transfer rates
of up to 400 megabits per second (Mbps). FireWire 800 (also known as IEEE 1394b)
increases the rate to 800 Mbps.8 Anyone involved in video editing, broadcast streaming, or other applications that demand high-speed connections to input, output, and
storage devices will want to take advantage of the phenomenal benefits offered by
the PowerBook G4 and its FireWire technology.
All three PowerBook models feature one 6-pin FireWire 400 port; in addition, the
15-inch and 17-inch models are equipped with a 9-pin FireWire 800 port. The FireWire
800 port also supports FireWire 400 devices using a 9-pin-to-6-pin cable (sold separately). Up to 63 FireWire devices can be daisy-chained together from one FireWire
port. These powered ports enable connections to bus-powered devices such as FireWire
hard drives and Apple’s iPod or iPod mini digital music players, which can run directly
from the computer’s power without the need for an external power adapter.
More details on FireWire are available on the web at www.apple.com/firewire.
USB 2.0
All three PowerBook G4 notebooks feature the latest USB technology, 480-Mbps USB
2.0, with two ports that support up to 127 total devices at the same time. You can use
the ports to connect a variety of USB-based printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, storage
devices, and digital still cameras to the computer with plug-and-play convenience.
Designers can connect devices such as a graphics tablet or Zip drive, and musicians
and composers can attach the latest audio line-in devices for consumer or professional
use. USB devices can be hot-plugged into the system at any time, and USB 2.0 is
compatible with USB 1.1, so you can continue to use your older USB peripherals
without any cable adapters.
Details on USB are available on the web at www.apple.com/usb.
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PC Card/CardBus Slot (15- and 17-inch PowerBook)
The PC Card/CardBus slot in the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook models is ideal for
connecting devices such as a miniature hard drive or CompactFlash memory cards
through a PC Card adapter. This slot is compatible with PC Card Type I and Type II
formats as well as with the 32-bit CardBus format. Special PC Card adapters let you
connect SCSI and PCI peripherals to the PowerBook. Several PC Card SCSI adapters
are available from Apple Authorized Resellers—an ideal solution for video and music
industry professionals who have invested in PCI-based technologies.
Video Output: Five Ways to Connect
No matter which external display you may have, the PowerBook G4 is ready to
connect to it thanks to its comprehensive video support.
• DVI. This port provides the highest image quality for video output. With a pure
digital connection all the way from the graphics processor to a DVI-equipped display
or projector, it eliminates the degradation inherent in converting a digital signal to
analog. (A mini-DVI to DVI adapter comes with the 12-inch PowerBook.)
• ADC. With the addition of the Apple DVI to ADC Adapter (sold separately), you can
connect to current Apple flat-panel displays for the best possible viewing experience.
Hot-plug capability allows the PowerBook G4 to recognize and begin displaying
content on an external monitor as soon as it is connected to the DVI port.
• VGA. You can connect analog monitors and projectors or analog-based flat panels
using the included DVI to VGA adapter or mini-DVI to VGA adapter. Hot-plugging is
also supported with VGA devices.
• S-video. Using the S-video port on the 15-inch or 17-inch PowerBook (the 12-inch
model requires an Apple Mini-DVI to Video Adapter, sold separately), you can connect
to many standard televisions, VCRs, or projectors. Since TVs are widely used in schools,
this gives teachers and students the ability to present their reports, projects, and even
websites to an entire class on a television screen. At home, you can attach the system
to a TV to watch DVD movies on a larger screen.
• Composite video. With the included adapter, you can connect to devices that take
composite video input. A TV can be instantly detected while the PowerBook is running; simply press the Command key along with the Brightness Up (F2) function key,
and the system sends the video to the external monitor. (The 12-inch model requires
an Apple Mini-DVI to Video Adapter, sold separately.)
External display modes
When an external display is in use, the PowerBook G4 supports three display modes:
dual display, video mirroring, and lid-closed mode. Any of these modes can be used
with any of the video output options. You can toggle between dual display and video
mirroring modes simply by pressing the F7 function key. Alternatively, in Mac OS X,
the two modes can be selected through the Displays pane in System Preferences.
• Dual display mode. Many PowerBook G4 users spend a significant amount of time
in front of their displays using applications with floating palettes, long timelines, and
multiple viewing windows. To minimize the time spent organizing layers of windows,
many professional users attach a second display to their PowerBook, which allows
them to spread out their work.
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• Video mirroring mode. For presenters, video mirroring allows whatever is on the
PowerBook screen to appear on an external display, television, or projector. Creative
professionals, business users, and educators can face their audience and control what’s
on the screen while the audience views the same image on a larger display. The hardware-based mirroring allows video content such as QuickTime movies to be displayed
on an external monitor with performance equal to that of the built-in display.
• Lid-closed operation. Creative professionals can also opt to run the PowerBook with
its full video memory applied to an external display. To activate this feature, put the
PowerBook to sleep by closing the lid, and wake it through an external keyboard such
as the Apple Wireless Keyboard. All of the video memory will then be dedicated to the
larger external display. The lid-closed function is ideal for users who want to achieve
high performance on a high-quality external display.
Audio
Delivering enhanced audio performance with powerful stereo speakers, the
PowerBook G4 gives games, music, and movies more dimension. The integrated
microphone (located under the left speaker grille of the 15-inch and 17-inch
PowerBook and in the upper left corner of the 12-inch PowerBook above the
keyboard) lets you take advantage of speech recognition in Mac OS X or use the
increasingly popular Internet telephone applications without any additional wires
or hardware. A standard minijack provides 16-bit audio input, so you can plug in a
powered microphone for making voice annotations, recording movie and presentation
voiceovers, or using Internet telephone applications. And with 16-bit audio output
at your command, you can plug in headphones and listen to music using iTunes,9
watch a DVD movie, play the latest games, or compose a new song in GarageBand
in complete privacy.
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Thin, Light, and Powerful:
The Perfect Choice for You
Every PowerBook G4—from the ultracompact 12-inch to the powerful 15-inch to the
impressive 17-inch model—is a full-featured notebook loaded with the advanced
capabilities and power required by creative professionals, scientists, students, and
mobile professionals alike. So no matter what you do, there’s a PowerBook G4 that’s
perfect for you.
Creative Professionals
Professional video
The portability and power of the PowerBook G4 combined with Final Cut Pro make
it possible to edit video whether you’re on location or at your own studio. Take
advantage of the widescreen display of the 17-inch or 15-inch PowerBook for viewing
multiple streams of video and graphics, or use the dual display capability of any of
the three models to attach an Apple flat-panel display and spread out your video
assets, timelines, and work windows.10 Use the FireWire 8001 or FireWire 400 ports
to access high-performance external storage devices, camcorders, and media servers.
Exchange email and files at high speed with Gigabit Ethernet (featured in the 15- and
17-inch PowerBook) and AirPort Extreme wireless networking.2 And burn your own
DVDs and CDs even when you’re away from the office with the SuperDrive.1
Design and publishing
The PowerBook G4 has the connections and high-level performance to deliver
results fast and reliably. Whether you’re developing website content, presenting
ideas at a client site, or producing precise magazine layouts, it’s easy to see why the
PowerBook is the ideal mobile design center. With ColorSync for precise color, the
Quartz engine for superior graphics, and integrated PDF support, Mac OS X works
seamlessly with the G4 processor and the crisp, bright PowerBook display to give you
consistent, high-quality color images from capture through output. Gigabit Ethernet,
featured in the 15- and 17-inch PowerBook, enhances workflow by speeding file transfers at every step. And AppleScript lets you automate routine tasks, from reformatting
large groups of images to building an entire online catalog using content on servers
across the globe.
Music and audio
As an audio professional, you’ll find the PowerBook G4 ideal for composing and
arranging music wherever you are. GarageBand, Apple’s new music application
included with every PowerBook, turns your Mac into a complete recording studio
packed with hundreds of digital instruments and a built-in “recording engineer”
to perfect your compositions. Seasoned professionals can add Apple’s Logic Pro 6
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software, which expands on one of the industry-leading systems for integrated composition, notation, and audio production, and features nearly inexhaustible possibilities
for native sound generation and processing.
Musicians in particular will appreciate the portability and stability of the PowerBook,
using it with confidence for recording or as a host for DSP and virtual instruments.
In the dimly lit conditions of a studio or stage, performers can also take advantage
of the illuminated keyboard of the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook.1 Mac OS X Core
Audio provides high-definition, 24-bit digital audio with scalable resolutions exceeding
192kHz, while fast processing supports multiple simultaneous channels and plug-ins,
all with extremely low latency. And you get seamless, plug-and-play connectivity of
multichannel audio and MIDI devices over USB 2.0 or FireWire 800 and 400.
Business
As a mobile professional, you require a portable computer that is compact and lightweight enough to take anywhere, yet powerful enough to get the job done. With
the thinnest, lightest designs in the industry—including the road warrior’s perfect
companion, the ultracompact 12-inch PowerBook—these notebooks provide power
and portability. The PowerBook G4 also gives you the freedom to present at virtually
any customer site. Using its DVI, ADC, VGA, composite, and S-video connections, you
can attach the PowerBook to just about any display, monitor, TV, or projector.3 AirPort
Extreme provides fast 54-Mbps wireless networking,2 while Bluetooth technology
allows cable-free connections to your PDA and mobile phone, making life on the
road even easier.
Higher Education
As a university administrator or faculty member, you require a computer that allows
you to create and deliver presentations, design lesson plans, perform research, and
access the Internet. With the PowerBook G4, you can perform these tasks with ease
anywhere on campus.
College campuses are increasingly embracing the wireless world. That’s great news
for PowerBook owners, who can send and receive data at up to 54 Mbps with AirPort
Extreme on an 802.11g network, as well as connect easily to 802.11b Wi-Fi networks.2
College students are looking for a powerful, all-in-one computer that can go anywhere. The PowerBook G4 is a value-priced notebook with enough power, memory,
and features to last through the next four years and on into the business world. You’ll
like its captivating aluminum design, its DVD-playing ability, and the advanced gaming
made possible by the powerful ATI or NVIDIA graphics processor. And with software
like iLife (including GarageBand, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD), Safari, Mail, and
iChat, the PowerBook is an even greater value for the college budget.
Science and Technology
The typical researcher’s desktop often has two or more computers: a UNIX workstation
for computational and open source applications, and a PC or Mac for mainstream
productivity applications such as graphics, email, word processing, and presentations.
Thanks to Mac OS X, the PowerBook G4 lets you run UNIX, vector processing, and productivity applications all on a single system—at your desk and on the road. And you’ll
be running all those programs on the powerful G4 processor with its Velocity Engine
vector processing unit for fast computation, analysis, and display of scientific data.
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Product Configurations
and Options
Standard Configurations
The following standard PowerBook G4 configurations are available through the
Apple Store and Apple Authorized Resellers.
12-inch PowerBook G4
Order number
M9183LL/A
M9184LL/A
Processor
1.33GHz PowerPC G4
1.33GHz PowerPC G4
Memory
256MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM
256MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM
Hard drive
60GB Ultra ATA/10011
60GB Ultra ATA/10011
Optical drive
Slot-loading Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
Display
12.1-inch (diagonal) TFT XGA
12.1-inch (diagonal) TFT XGA
Graphics support
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 with
64MB of DDR SDRAM
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 with
64MB of DDR SDRAM
Wireless support
Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme 2
Built-in Bluetooth
Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme 2
Built-in Bluetooth
Ethernet
10/100BASE-T
10/100BASE-T
Modem
56K V.927
56K V.927
Also included
Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, mini-DVI to VGA adapter, modem cable, power adapter,
AC wall plug, power cord
15-inch PowerBook G4
Order number
M9421LL/A
M9422LL/A
Processor
1.33GHz PowerPC G4
1.5GHz PowerPC G4
Memory
256MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM
512MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM
Hard drive
60GB Ultra ATA/10011
80GB Ultra ATA/10011
Optical drive
Slot-loading Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
Display
15.2-inch (diagonal) TFT widescreen
15.2-inch (diagonal) TFT widescreen
Graphics support
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with
64MB of DDR SDRAM
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with
64MB of DDR SDRAM
Wireless support
Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme 2
Built-in Bluetooth
Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme 2
Built-in Bluetooth
Ethernet
10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Modem
56K V.927
56K V.927
Keyboard
Full size
Full size; backlit with ambient light sensor
Also included
S-video to composite adapter, DVI to VGA adapter, modem cable, power adapter,
AC wall plug, power cord
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17-inch PowerBook G4
Order number
M9462LL/A
Processor
1.5GHz PowerPC G4
Memory
512MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM
Hard drive
80GB Ultra ATA/10011
Optical drive
Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
Display
17-inch (diagonal) TFT widescreen
Graphics support
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 64MB of DDR SDRAM
Wireless support
Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme 2; built-in Bluetooth
Ethernet
10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Modem
56K V.927
Keyboard
Full size; backlit with ambient light sensor
Also included
S-video to composite adapter, DVI to VGA adapter, modem cable, power adapter,
AC wall plug, power cord
Included Software
PowerBook G4 computers come with the following software: Mac OS X, Mail, iChat AV,
Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD,
and GarageBand), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Classic environment, Art Directors Toolkit,
EarthLink TotalAccess (includes 30 days of free dial-up Internet service with EarthLink
activation), FileMaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner,
QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition, Zinio Reader, Xcode Developer Tools, and
Apple Hardware Test.
Build-to-Order Options
You can order a custom-configured PowerBook G4 from the Apple Store or an
Apple Authorized Reseller. Options may include additional RAM, larger hard disk drive,
additional graphics memory, type of optical drive, illuminated keyboard, additional
batteries and power adapters, AirPort Extreme Base Station, Apple flat-panel displays,
external keyboards and mice, and third-party peripherals.
Apple Displays and Adapters
To enhance your PowerBook G4 system, choose from Apple’s family of all-digital,
flat-panel displays.
• Apple Studio Display (17-inch), order number M7649ZM/B
• Apple Cinema Display (20-inch), order number M8893ZM/A
• Apple Cinema HD Display (23-inch), order number M8537ZM/A
In addition, the following display adapters are available.
• Apple DVI to ADC Adapter, order number M8661 (required to connect an
Apple flat-panel display)
• Apple Mini-DVI to Video Adapter, order number M9319G/A (12-inch PowerBook)
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Other Products
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These products are also available for your PowerBook G4 system.
Apple Portable Power Adapter, order number M8943LL/A
12-inch PowerBook G4 Rechargeable Battery, order number M9572G/A
15-inch PowerBook G4 Rechargeable Battery, order number M9325G/A
17-inch PowerBook G4 Rechargeable Battery, order number M9326G/A
AirPort Extreme Base Station, order numbers M8930LL/A, M8799LL/A, and M9397LL/A
.Mac, order number M9036Z/A
AppleCare Protection Plan, order number M8853LL/A
Extended Service and Support
Every PowerBook G4 comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year
limited warranty. You can purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your
service and support to up to three full years. The plan provides support for your Mac,
the Mac OS, and many Apple consumer applications, so just one phone call can help
resolve most issues. You can also enroll one Apple display for coverage, provided that
the PowerBook G4 and display are purchased together. For more information, visit
www.apple.com/support/products or call 800-823-2775.
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Technical Specifications
12-inch PowerBook G4
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Processor and memory
1.33GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine
512K SRAM on-chip L2 cache
167MHz system bus
256MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM; one open SO-DIMM slot; support for
up to 1.25GB
Storage
• 60GB 4200-rpm Ultra ATA/100 hard drive11
• One of the following optical drives:
– Slot-loading 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
– Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW): writes DVD-R discs at up to 4x speed, reads
DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 16x speed, writes CD-RW discs at
up to 8x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed
Communications
• Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking2 (based on 802.11g standard;
Wi-Fi Certified for 802.11g and 802.11b interoperability)
• Built-in Bluetooth
• Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
• Built-in 56K V.92 modem7 (RJ-11 connector)
Expansion
• One FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps8
• Two USB 2.0 ports at up to 480 Mbps
Display
• 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
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Video and graphics support
• NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 graphics processor with AGP 4X support and 64MB of
DDR SDRAM 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 2048 by 1536 pixels on an external display, both at
millions of colors12
• DVI output using included mini-DVI to DVI adapter
• VGA output using included mini-DVI to VGA adapter
• S-video and composite video output using mini-DVI to video adapter (sold separately)
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Audio
Audio line in (minijack)
Headphone out (minijack)
Built-in stereo speakers with midrange-enhancing third speaker
Internal omnidirectional microphone
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Battery and power
50-watt-hour lithium-ion battery with integrated charge indicator LEDs
Up to 5 hours of battery life5
45W power adapter with cable management system
Power adapter port
Security
• 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 “T” arrangement), and embedded numeric keypad
• Solid-state trackpad for precise cursor control; supports tap, double-tap, and
drag capabilities
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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: –13° to 113° F (–25° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet
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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 installed4
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15-inch PowerBook G4
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Processor and memory
1.33GHz or 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine
512K SRAM on-chip L2 cache
167MHz system bus
256MB or 512MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support
up to 2GB
Storage
• 60GB or 80GB 4200-rpm Ultra ATA/100 hard drive; optional 80GB 5400-rpm drive11
• One of the following optical drives:
– Slot-loading 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
– Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW): writes DVD-R discs at up to 4x speed, reads
DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 16x speed, writes CD-RW discs at
up to 8x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed
Communications
• Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking2 (based on 802.11g standard;
Wi-Fi Certified for 802.11g and 802.11b interoperability)
• Built-in Bluetooth
• Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
• Built-in 56K V.92 modem7 (RJ-11 connector)
Expansion
• One FireWire 800 port at up to 800 Mbps; one FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps8
• Two USB 2.0 ports at up to 480 Mbps
• PC Card/CardBus slot for Type I or Type II card
Display
• 15.2-inch (diagonal) TFT widescreen display
– Support for millions of colors at 1280-by-854-pixel resolution
– Supported resolutions: 1280 by 854 (native), 1152 by 768, 896 by 600, 720 by 480,
and 640 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480
pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio
Video and graphics support
• ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics processor with AGP 4X support and 64MB of
DDR SDRAM for 2D/3D graphics acceleration; optional 128MB of DDR SDRAM in
1.5GHz configuration
• Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1280 by 854 pixels
on the built-in display and up to 2048 by 1536 pixels on an external display, both at
millions of colors12
• 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
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Audio
Audio line in (minijack)
Headphone out (minijack)
Built-in stereo speakers with midrange-enhancing third speaker
Internal omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille)
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Battery and power
50-watt-hour lithium-ion battery with integrated charge indicator LEDs
Up to 4.5 hours of battery life5
65W power adapter with cable management system
Power adapter port
Security
• 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 “T” arrangement), and embedded numeric keypad
– Illuminated fiber-optic, backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor in 1.5GHz
configuration; optional in 1.33GHz configuration
• Solid-state trackpad for precise cursor control; supports tap, double-tap, and
drag capabilities
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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: –13° to 113° F (–25° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet
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Size and weight
Height: 1.1 inches (2.8 cm)
Width: 13.7 inches (34.8 cm)
Depth: 9.5 inches (24.3 cm)
Weight: 5.7 pounds (2.6 kg) with battery and optical drive installed4
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Processor and memory
1.5GHz 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
• 80GB 4200-rpm Ultra ATA/100 hard drive; optional 80GB 5400-rpm drive11
• Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
– Writes DVD-R discs at up to 4x speed; reads DVDs at up to 8x speed
– Writes CD-R discs at up to 16x speed; writes CD-RW discs at up to 8x speed
– Reads CDs at up to 24x speed
Communications
• Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking2 (based on 802.11g standard;
Wi-Fi Certified for 802.11g and 802.11b interoperability)
• Built-in Bluetooth
• Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
• Built-in 56K V.92 modem7 (RJ-11 connector)
Expansion
• One FireWire 800 port at up to 800 Mbps; one FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps8
• Two USB 2.0 ports at up to 480 Mbps
• PC Card/CardBus slot for Type I or Type II card
Display
• 17-inch (diagonal) TFT widescreen display
– Support for millions of colors at 1440-by-900-pixel resolution
– Supported resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native), 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by
500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at
4:3 aspect ratio
Video and graphics support
• ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics processor with AGP 4X support and 64MB of
DDR SDRAM for 2D/3D graphics acceleration; optional 128MB of DDR SDRAM
• Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1440 by 900 pixels
on the built-in display and up to 2048 by 1536 pixels on an external display, both at
millions of colors12
• 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
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Audio
Audio line in (minijack)
Headphone out (minijack)
Two built-in stereo speakers
Internal omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille)
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Battery and power
58-watt-hour lithium-ion prismatic battery with integrated charge indicator LEDs
Up to 4.5 hours of battery life5
65W power adapter with cable management system
Power adapter port
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Security
• 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 “T” arrangement), and embedded numeric keypad
– Illuminated fiber-optic, backlit keys
• Solid-state trackpad for precise cursor control; supports tap, double-tap, and
drag capabilities
Ambient light sensor
• Measures ambient light and works with integrated software to adjust keyboard
illumination and screen brightness based on user preferences
For More Information
For more information about
the PowerBook G4, visit
www.apple.com/powerbook. To
find out more about Mac OS X,
visit www.apple.com/macosx.
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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: –13° to 113° F (–25° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet
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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 installed4
Internet access requires a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply. Product includes electronic documentation.
Backup copy of software is included. 1Available in selected configurations. 2Wireless Internet access requires 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 and AirPort Extreme. Range
may vary with site conditions. 3May require adapter (included or sold separately). 4Actual weight varies by configuration and
manufacturing process. 5Battery life depends on configuration and use. 6Wireless printing over USB requires Mac OS X v10.2.7
or later and a compatible printer. 7Compatible 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. 8Actual rates will vary. 9iTunes is for legal or rightholder-authorized copying only. Don’t steal
music. 10Connection to Apple flat-panel displays requires Apple DVI to ADC Adapter (sold separately). 111GB = 1 billion bytes;
actual formatted capacity less. 12Some third-party DVI displays may not support all resolutions.
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Apple Studio Display, ColorSync, Final Cut Pro, FireWire, iCal, iLife, iMovie, iTunes, Logic, Mac, Macintosh, Mac OS, PowerBook,
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iDVD, iPhoto, iPod, Quartz, Rendezvous, Safari, SuperDrive, Velocity Engine, and Xcode are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
AppleCare is a service mark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. .Mac is a service mark of Apple
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OpenGL is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. PowerPC is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation,
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