PowerBook G4 (15" FireWire 800)


Family: PowerBook G3/G4

Codename: ?

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: 10.2.8

Maximum OS: 10.5.8

Introduced: September 2003

Terminated: April 2004


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


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)


Screen: 15" active matrix TFT

Monitor: 24 bit 1280x854

GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon 9600


Video Out: DVI, S-Video


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


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: optional/included 802.11a/b/g

Bluetooth: internal


Power: 65 Watts

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

Weight: 5.6 lbs.

Announced in September 2003, the PowerBook G4 (15" FireWire 800) was arguably the most widely anticipated PowerBook to date. Since the announcement of the "Aluminum" 12 and 17-inch PowerBooks in January, there had been speculation about when a similar 15-inch PowerBook would make an appearance.

The PowerBook G4 (15" FireWire 800) brought the 15-inch model up to feature parity with it's 17-inch "big brother". In addition to the stunning new Aluminum case, this revision included USB 2.0, AirPort Extreme, internal bluetooth support, a FireWire 800 port, a faster bus and memory system, and a faster optical drive.

The PowerBook G4 (15" FireWire 800) shipped in two configurations. The 1.0 GHz model, with 256 MB of RAM, a 60 GB hard drive, and a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive was $1999. The 1.25 GHz model, with 512 MB of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive, an AirPort Extreme card, an illuminated keyboard and a CD-RW/DVD-RW SuperDrive, was $2599. Both models were discontinued in April 2004.

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.