currently over 400 working powerbooks

The Greatest Vintage Apple PowerBook and MacBook Collection

© 2004 - 2019

last update: 01.01.2019

powerbook G4 aluminium

In 2003, apple launched both the largest-screen laptop in the world and apple's smallest full-featured notebook computer. Both machines were made of anodized aluminum, featured DVD-burning capabilities, airport extreme networking, bluetooth, and 12.1-inch or 17-inch LCD displays. The 17-inch model included a fiber optic-illuminated keyboard, which eventually became standard on all 15-inch and 17-inch powerbooks. Two ambient light sensors, located under each speaker grille, adjusted the brightness of the backlit keyboard and the display according to the light level.

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Later in 2003, the 15-inch powerbooks were redesigned and featured the same aluminum body style as their smaller and larger siblings, and with the same feature set as the 17-inch model (including the backlit keyboard). This basic design would carry through the transition to the Intel-based macbookpro, lasting until late 2008.

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In april 2004, the aluminum powerbooks were upgraded. The superdrive was upgraded to 4× burning speed for dvds, the fastest processor available was upgraded to 1.5 GHz, and the graphics cards were replaced with newer models, offering up to 128 MB of video memory.

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In january 2005, the specifications of the aluminum powerbooks were revised once more to accompany a price decrease. Processor speeds were increased to a maximum of 1.67 GHz on the higher specification 15-inch and all 17-inch versions, while the lower specification 15-inch model and the 12-inch unit saw an increase in speed to 1.5 GHz.  The superdrive now included DVD+R capability.

powerbook G4 aluminum

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Minimum OS: 10.2.8

Maximum OS: 10.5.8

Introduced: Sep 2003

Terminated: Apr 2004

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Processor

CPU: PowerPC 7447 "G4"

CPU Speed: 1.0/1.25 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

RAM Type: PC2700 DDR SO-DIMM

Min RAM Speed: 333 MHz

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 2

Maximum RAM: 2 GB

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

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Video

Screen: 15" active matrix TFT

Monitor: 24 bit 1280x854

GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon 9600

VRAM: 64 MB

Video Out: DVI, S-Video

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Storage

Hard Drive: 60/80 GB 4200 RPM

ATA Bus: ATA-100

Optical Drive: 24x/24x/10x/8x CD-RW/DVD-ROM or 24x/16x/4x/8x/2x/1x CD-RW/DVD-RW

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Input/Output

USB: 2 2.0

Firewire: 1

Firewire800: 1

Audio Out: 16 bit stereo mini

Audio In: 16 bit stereo mini

Speaker: stereo

Microphone: mono