PowerBook G4 (15” FW800)

Introduced: September 2003
Terminated: April 2004


The PowerBook G4 (15” FW800) brought the new aluminum case found in the PowerBook G4 12” and 17” models to the popular 15” size.  It was available in two configurations.  The configuration running at 1.0Ghz had a 60Gb hard drive, 256Mb of RAM and a Combo drive.  The configuration running at 1.25Ghz had an 80Gb hard drive, 512Mb of RAM and a SuperDrive.  Both configurations featured FireWire 800 and the 1.25Ghz configuration included an AirPort Extreme card and an illuminated keyboard.


Released eight months after the aluminum PowerBook G4s in 12” and 17”, the release of the 15” FW800 model was widely anticipated.  The 1.0Ghz configuration sold for $1,999 and the 1.25Ghz configuration sold for $2,599.


Processor: PowerPC 7447 (G4)
Processor Speed: 1.0 or 1.25 GHz
Benchmarks: 1.0 GHz: 554, 1.25 GHz: 692
Cache: 64 KB L1, 512 KB on-chip (1:1) L2
System Bus: 167 MHz
Hard Drive: 60 or 80 GB 4200-rpm or 80 GB 5400-rpm
Media: Slot-loading Combo or 2x/8x/16x/4x/24x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
Weight and Dimensions (US): 5.6 lbs., 1.1” H x 13.7” W x 9.5” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 2.5 kg, 2.8 cm H x 34.8 cm W x 24.1 cm D
Original Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.2.7 (6R55)
Later Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.3
Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X
Hardware Test: AHT (PowerBook) 2.0.4, 2.0.5, 2.0.6, 2.5
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 9600
ATI Card Model: ATY,RV350M10
Graphics Connection: 4x AGP
Graphics Memory: 64 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 and S-video
Expansion Slots: Single Type I or II (CardBus compliant)
Expansion Bays: None
Hard Drive Bus: Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)
Motion Sensor: None
Backup Battery: 922-6007
Power Adapter: 65 W Apple Portable Power Adapter
System Battery: 46-watt-hour lithium-ion
Battery Life: Up to 4.5 hours
Max Watts:—
Line Voltage: 100-240V AC
AirPort: Optional (1.0 GHz) or Built-in (1.25 GHz) AirPort Extreme
Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth 1.1
Ethernet: 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
Modem: 56k v92
ADB: 1 - Internal for Trackpad
Serial: None
SCSI: None
USB: 2 - 480 MBit/s
FireWire: 1 - 400 MBit/s, 1 - 800 MBit/s (14W total power)
Security Slot: 1 - Kensington cable lock
Audio In: 1 - 3.5-mm analog input jack, Built-in microphone (24-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)
Audio Out: 1 - 3.5-mm analog output jack, 3 - Built-in speakers (24-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)


Introduced in September 2003, the PowerBook G4 (15” FW800) was discontinued to make way for new models in April 2004.



  • The initial design of the PowerBook G4s was developed by Apple hardware designers Jory Bell, Nick Merz, and Danny Delulis. The ODM Quanta also helped in the design. The new machine was a sharp departure from the black plastic, curvilinear PowerBook G3 models that preceded it. -Any Lab Test Now Franchise

    Ana had this to say on Sep 22, 2011 Posts: 76
  • One of the best. I think this model was made from durable materials. Mech jawajski

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