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Apple iBook G4/800 12-Inch (Original - Op) Specs

Identifiers: iBook G4 - M9164LL/A - PowerBook6,3 - A1054 - N/A

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Apple iBook WhiteThe iBook G4/800 12-Inch (Original - Opaque White), features an 800 MHz PowerPC 7457 (G4) processor with a 256k "on chip" level 2 cache, 256 MB of RAM (PC2100 DDR SDRAM), a 30.0 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive, a slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW "Combo" drive, 4X AGP ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 graphics with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM, and optional AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1 packed into a compact opaque white case with a 12.1" TFT XGA active matrix display (1024x768 native resolution).

The iBook G4 models look similar to the previously released iBook "G3" models, but internally, the computers are very different. The iBook G4 systems use the faster PowerPC "G4" processor -- as one would expect given the name -- but also have a faster motherboard design with a faster system bus, support for faster RAM, faster hard drive support, and faster graphics capabilities. The iBook G4 models also have USB 2.0 ports and support for AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1 (although neither AirPort Extreme or Bluetooth were pre-installed).

Unlike previous iBook models, no iBook G4 systems are capable of booting MacOS 9. These systems are capable of running MacOS 9 applications in the "Classic Environment" within MacOS X.

Also see: What are the differences between the original iBook G4 (800/933/1.0) models?

To purchase or upgrade a G3 Mac -- as well as newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.

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October 22, 2003 April 19, 2004
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2003.
1 435
Details: This model only is compatible with the 32-bit Geekbench 2 benchmark. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the PowerBook6,3 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, see's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
800 MHz PowerPC 7457 (G4)
Details: The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor.
Soldered Integrated
Details: N/A
133 MHz 800 MHz (Built-in)
Details: N/A
Open Firmware 1 MB
Details: The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
64k 256k (on chip)
Details: Includes a 256k "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
PC2100 DDR SDRAM 266 MHz
Details: Supports a single 200-pin PC2100 DDR SDRAM SO-DIMM memory module.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the iBook models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?
256 MB 1152 MB*
Details: *Apple reports that the maximum memory capacity of this system is 640 MB with 128 MB onboard and a 512 MB SO-DIMM. However, third-parties have been able to upgrade the system to 1152 MB with the 128 MB onboard and a single 1.0 GB memory module.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this iBook.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this iBook.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
128 MB 1
Details: 128 MB onboard, single SO-DIMM slot.
Mobility Radeon 9200 DDR SDRAM
Details: ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 (4X AGP) with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM.

Also see: What kind of video processor is provided by the iBook models? Which models can support an external display? What is the maximum resolution supported?
32 MB 32 MB
Details: The video cannot be upgraded.
12.1" TFT XGA 1024x768
Details: 12.1" TFT XGA active-matrix display with a 1024 by 768 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports 640 by 480 and 800 by 600 when scaled.
Mirroring Only* 1024x768
Details: *Apple reports that this system provides a "VGA video output for video mirroring on an external display or projector (24-bit color) with included Apple VGA Display Adapter".

However, the hardware is capable of using an external display in dual or "extended desktop mode", Apple just blocked the capability in firmware to protect sales of more expensive Macs. Unsupported third-party hacks are available.
30.0 GB N/A
Details: Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the iBook models?

Site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this iBook.
2.5" (9.5 mm) Ultra ATA/100
Details: This model supports a single internal Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6) 2.5" hard drive or SSD that is up to 9.5 mm thick.
8X "Combo Drive" None
Details: Configured with a slot-loading 8X/24X/24X/10X DVD-ROM/CD-RW "Combo" drive.

Also see: What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the iBook models? Can one upgrade the optical drive?
56k v.92 10/100Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11b/g (Optional) 1.1 (Optional)
Details: Internal support for AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1, although neither was pre-installed.

Also see: Which iBook models support AirPort? Which support AirPort Extreme? Which have internal support for Bluetooth or Bluetooth 2.0+EDR?
2 (2.0) 1 (400)
Details: Two USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire "400" port.
AirPort, Bluetooth None
Details: This iBook has internal expansion for "AirPort Extreme" (802.11g) wireless networking and Bluetooth 1.1.
Full-size Trackpad
Details: Apple reports that the integrated keyboard has 77 (US) or 78 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys, and an embedded numeric keypad. The trackpad supports tap, double tap, and drag capabilities.
Notebook iBook (12-Inch)
Details: This iBook was offered in a 12-Inch "opaque white" case.

Also see: How can you visually differentiate between the various "white" iBook systems?
M9164LL/A iBook G4
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
A1054 (EMC N/A) PowerBook6,3
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1054 Model Number, the N/A EMC Number, and the PowerBook6,3 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to's Mac Identification section.
50 W h LiIon 6 Hours
Details: 6 hours under "normal usage conditions" as estimated by Apple.

Also see: What is the battery life of the iBook models?
X 10.3 (7B85) X 10.4.11
Details: This system cannot run versions of MacOS X more recent than 10.4.11.
Classic Mode Only Emulation Only
Details: The iBook G4 models are capable of using Mac OS 9 applications within the Mac OS X "Classic" environment. They cannot boot into Mac OS 9.

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
1.35 x 11.2 x 9.0.6 4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (3.4 cm, 28.5 cm, 23.0 cm).
US$1099 US$50-US$100
Details: Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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Click on a category for additional details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important. The icons correspond with the icons for each port on the computer.

1 (Mini-VGA) None
Details: Also see: Do the iBook models support VGA or DVI out? Do the iBook models support ADC (Apple Display Connector) displays?
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
2 (2.0) 1 (400)
Details: Two USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire "400" port.
1 (RJ-11) 1 (RJ-45)
Details: Internal 56k v.92 modem and 10/100Base-T Ethernet standard.
None 1*
Details: *The iBook G4 models do not have an S-video out port, but support S-video (as well as composite) with the "Apple Video Adapter".
1 (Internal) None
Details: Internal microphone, no audio in port.

Also see: Which iBook models have an internal microphone? Which do not?
1* 1*
Details: *Single audio out/headphone jack.
1 None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 45 W power adapter.

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