PowerBook G4 (15” 1.67/1.5GHz)

Introduced: January 2005
Terminated: May 2006


The release of the PowerBook G4 at the end of January 2005 updated the entire PowerBook family.  There were now five configurations to choose from.  At the low-end were two 12.1” configurations.  Both had 1.5Ghz processors and 512Mb of RAM.  One had a Combo drive and a 60Gb hard drive, the other had a SuperDrive and an 80Gb hard drive.  At the midrange were two 15.2” configurations.  Both had 512Mb of RAM and an 80Gb hard drive.  One configuration ran at 1.5Ghz and had a Combo drive while the other ran at 1.67 and had a SuperDrive.  At the high-end of the line was a 17” configuration with 512Mb of RAM, a 100Gb hard drive and a SuperDrive.


This release updated the PowerBook line across the board with faster processors and other modest upgrades, but little in the way of new features.


Processor: PowerPC 7447A or 7447B (G4)
Processor Speed: 1.5 or 1.67 GHz
Benchmarks: 1.5 GHz: 793, 1.67 GHz: 863
Cache: 64 KB L1, 512 KB on-chip (1:1) L2
System Bus: 167 MHz
Hard Drive: 80 or 100 GB 5400-rpm
Media: Slot-loading Combo or 8x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Weight and Dimensions (US): 5.7 lbs., 1.1” H x 13.7” W x 9.5” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 2.6 kg, 2.8 cm H x 34.8 cm W x 24.1 cm D
Original Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.3.7 (7T62)
Later Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.4 (8A428)
Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X
Hardware Test: AHT (PowerBook) 2.5, 2.5.2
Firmware: Open Firmware
Firmware Update: None
Logicboard RAM: None
Maximum RAM: 2.0 GB
Type of RAM Slots: 2 - PC2700 DDR333 200-pin SO-DIMM
Minimum RAM Speed:—
Interleaving Support: No
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
ATI Card Model: ATY,RV360M11
Graphics Connection: 4x AGP
Graphics Memory: 64 or 128 MB DDR
Built-in Display: 15.2-inch (diagonal) TFT
Resolutions: 1280 x 854 (native), 1152 x 768, 896 x 600, 720 x 480, and 640 x 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768, 800 x 600 and 640 x 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio
Display Modes: Dual display extended and video mirroring
Display Connection: DVI or dual-link DVI and S-video (VGA and Composite with adapter)
Expansion Slots: Single Type I or II (CardBus compliant)
Expansion Bays: None
Hard Drive Bus: Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)
Motion Sensor: Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS)
Backup Battery:—
Power Adapter: 65 W Apple Portable Power Adapter
System Battery: 50 Wh Lithium Ion
Battery Life: Up to 4.5 hours
Max Watts:—
Line Voltage: 1


Introduced in January 2005, the PowerBook G4 (1.5-1.67Ghz) line was discontinued in May 2006.



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