PowerBook G4
High performance
• 550- or 667-MHz PowerPC G4 processor with
Velocity Engine
• Performance-boosting 256K on-chip level 2 cache
• Up to 133-MHz system bus
• 256MB or 512MB of SDRAM, with support for
up to 1GB
• ATI Mobility Radeon with AGP 4X graphics acceleration
and 16MB of video memory
• Choice of fast Ultra ATA/66 hard drives up to 48GB1
Exceptional portability
• 1-inch-thin, 5.4-pound-light design2 enclosed in a
titanium case
• Up to 5 hours of runtime on a single battery3
• Compact, lightweight AC power adapter that fits
easily in a briefcase or backpack
Wireless and wired networking
• Ready for AirPort wireless networking; AirPort Card
included in selected configurations4
• Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet for
high-speed network connections
• Integrated 56K V.90 modem5
• Infrared (IrDA) communications
Versatile expandability
• Slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive
• 15.2-inch (diagonal) mega-wide display with
1152-by-768-pixel resolution in millions of colors
• FireWire, USB, VGA output, and S-video output ports
and PC Card slot
• Support for dual display and video mirroring on an
external VGA monitor, video projector, or TV
• iMovie 2 or optional Final Cut Pro 3 software for
digital video editing
• iTunes 2 software for managing your digital audio
collection, auto-updating iPod, and creating
music CDs
Designed to be the world’s best full-featured portable computer, the PowerBook G4 features
an extraordinary titanium design that is just 1 inch thin and 5.4 pounds.2 It delivers a highperformance architecture, a slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive, built-in wireless
networking options, lightning-fast graphics, a stunning 15.2-inch mega-wide screen, and up
to 5 hours of battery life.3 It’s no wonder that the PowerBook G4 is the portable computer of
choice in creative, higher education, and business settings.
With a PowerPC G4 processor running at up to 667 MHz and support for as much as 1GB of
RAM, the PowerBook G4 has the performance you need for demanding desktop video editing
and graphic design projects. Add to that the advanced features of Mac OS X, such as preemptive
multitasking and protected memory, and enjoy unprecedented system responsiveness and
reliability. The ATI Mobility Radeon graphics accelerator, with AGP 4X support and 16MB of fast
DDR memory, will streamline your design and publishing work and push your 3D gaming
experience to new heights. The PowerBook G4 also offers improved hardware mirroring for
smooth video playback in presentations, along with dual display capability for using external
monitors and projectors.
The PowerBook G4 offers the best of both wireless and wired options. AirPort wireless
networking lets you take your PowerBook around your office, school, or home—virtually
anywhere within 150 feet of an AirPort Base Station—while staying connected for email, web
browsing, and other online activities.4 The PowerBook G4 is the first portable with built-in
Gigabit Ethernet for connection to high-speed networks and superfast file transfers. And for
those times when a dialup connection is needed, it includes a 56K V.90 modem.5
With the PowerBook G4, you have boundless creative potential that you can take with you
anywhere. The DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive lets you burn CDs to share your work with
colleagues, create your own “favorite hits” CD with iTunes, or take a break and watch a movie
on the 15.2-inch mega-wide screen. Hook up your DV camcorder to edit digital video with
iMovie, or go the professional route and add Apple’s Final Cut Pro software. Plug in iPod,
Apple’s portable MP3 player, and download an entire CD from iTunes 2 in less than 10 seconds.
And with built-in expansion options such as FireWire, USB, a PC Card slot, and video output,
you can easily add even more capabilities to your PowerBook.
Specification Sheet
PowerBook G4
Technical Specifications
Processor and memory
• 550- or 667-MHz PowerPC G4 processor with
Velocity Engine
• 256K of on-chip level 2 cache running at
processor speed
• 100-MHz system bus (550-MHz system) or
133-MHz system bus (667-MHz system)
• 256MB or 512MB of PC133 SDRAM; two
SO-DIMM slots support up to 1GB
• 15.2-inch (diagonal) built-in TFT widescreen activematrix display
— Support for millions of colors at 1152-by-768-pixel
— Support for resolutions of 1152 by 768, 896 by
600, and 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio
— Support for resolutions of 1024 by 768, 800 by
600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio
• 20GB (4200-rpm), 30GB (4200-rpm), or 48GB
(5400-rpm) Ultra ATA/66 hard disk drive (48GB
drive available in build-to-order computers)1
• Slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive
(reads DVDs at 8x and CDs at 24x; writes CD-R
and CD-RW discs at 8x)
• 16-bit CD-quality stereo output (minijack)
• Two built-in stereo speakers
• Internal omnidirectional microphone
• Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet
(RJ-45 connector)
• Built-in 56K V.90 modem (RJ-11 connector)5
• Built-in 11-Mbps AirPort Card (IEEE 802.11 DSSS
compliant) in 667-MHz configuration; 550-MHz
configuration is AirPort ready4
• Infrared technology port (4 Mbps)
• One 400-Mbps FireWire (IEEE 1394) port6
• Two 12-Mbps USB ports
• One PC Card/CardBus slot supporting one Type I
or Type II card
Video and graphics support
• Built-in 2D/3D graphics acceleration through an
integrated ATI Mobility Radeon graphics accelerator
with AGP 4X support and 16MB of DDR RAM
video memory
— Support for dual display and video mirroring: Millions
of colors on the built-in display and an external
display at up to 1600 by 1200 pixels
— Support for a single external display: Millions of
colors on a single external display at up to 1920
by 1440 pixels
• 24-bit video output port (VGA-style connector)
• S-video output port
• S-video to composite adapter
Battery and power
• 55.3-watt-hour lithium-ion battery (with integrated
charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 5 hours of
battery life3
• Power adapter with cable management system
• Power adapter port
• Kensington cable lock slot
• Keyboard lock
• Built-in full-size keyboard with 77 (U.S.) or 78 (ISO)
keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys
(inverted “T” arrangement), and embedded keypad
• Solid-state trackpad for precise cursor control;
supports tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities
Electrical requirements
• Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
• Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz
Environmental requirements
Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Storage temperature: –40° to 116° F (–40° to 47° 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: 1.0 inch (2.6 cm)
Width: 13.4 inches (34.1 cm)
Depth: 9.5 inches (24.1 cm)
Weight: 5.4 pounds (2.4 kg) with battery installed2
Specification Sheet
PowerBook G4
Order no.
On-chip level 2 cache
Memory (PC133 SDRAM)
Graphics support
Hard disk drive1
Optical drive
Wireless networking4
550-MHz PowerPC G4
256K at 550 MHz
15.2-inch (diagonal) TFT
ATI Mobility Radeon with
20GB Ultra ATA/66
Slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW
Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T
56K V.90
AirPort ready
667-MHz PowerPC G4
256K at 667 MHz
15.2-inch (diagonal) TFT
ATI Mobility Radeon with
30GB Ultra ATA/66
Slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW
Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T
56K V.90
Built-in AirPort Card
All models include a built-in keyboard and trackpad; modem cable; power adapter; S-video to composite adapter;
Mac OS X v10.1, Mac OS 9.2, QuickTime, iMovie 2, iTunes 2, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook Express,
Netscape Communicator, and FAXstf software; Apple Hardware Test CD; complete setup, learning, and reference
documentation; limited warranty; and 30 days of free Internet service through EarthLink.
Internet access requires an Internet service account. Product contains electronic documentation. Backup copy of software is provided on CD-ROM.
Build-to-Order Options
Service and Support
In addition to choosing from Apple’s preconfigured systems, you can order a custom-configured PowerBook G4
from your authorized Apple reseller or the online Apple Store. Build-to-order options include processor speed,
amount of RAM, hard disk capacity, and AirPort Card. Also available are additional lithium-ion batteries and power
adapters, external keyboards and mice, and third-party peripherals such as USB Zip and FireWire hard disk drives.
For up-to-date information, visit www.apple.com/store or call 800-MY-APPLE.
Your PowerBook G4 comes with 90 days of
telephone support and a one-year limited
warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection
Plan to extend your service and support to three
full years. 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 www.apple.com/support/
products or call 800-823-2775.
Other Options
PowerBook G4 Rechargeable Battery
Apple Portable Power Adapter
Apple Pro Keyboard
Apple Pro Mouse
AirPort Card
AirPort Base Station
AppleCare Protection Plan
For More Information
For more information about this product or
to find out where to buy Apple products, visit
www.apple.com/hardware or call 800-538-9696.
You can purchase Apple products from your
authorized Apple reseller, the online Apple Store
(www.apple.com/store or 800-MY-APPLE), or
Apple’s retail stores.
Visit the Macintosh Products Guide at
www.apple.com/guide for the latest information
on more than 18,000 hardware and software
products for your new computer.
Apple offers iTools, a suite of Internet services,
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Order no.
1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
Battery life depends on configuration and use.
Wireless Internet access requires AirPort Card, AirPort Base Station, and Internet access (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not currently compatible
with AirPort. Range may vary with site conditions.
Actual modem speeds lower; speed depends on connection rate and other factors.
Actual rates will vary.
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© 2001 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, AirPort, Apple Store, Final Cut Pro, FireWire, Mac, Macintosh, the Mac logo,
PowerBook, and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iMovie, iPod, iTunes, and Velocity Engine
are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. AppleCare is a service mark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. PowerPC is a
trademark of International Business Machines Corporation, used under license therefrom. Other product and company names mentioned herein may
be trademarks of their respective companies. Product specifications are subject to change without notice.
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