Apple PowerBook G4 1.25 15" (FW800 - Al) Specs
Identifiers: 15-Inch FW800 - M8981LL/A - PowerBook5,2 - A1046 - 1960
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The PowerBook G4/1.25 15" (FW800) features a 1.25 GHz PowerPC 7447 (G4) processor with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and 512k on chip level 2 cache, 512 MB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM, an 80 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive (4200 RPM), a slot-loading 2X DVD-R/CD-RW "SuperDrive", a Firewire "400" and "800" port, built-in Bluetooth 1.1 and AirPort Extreme (802.11g), and ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (4X AGP) graphics with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM in an attractive aluminum alloy case with a 15" widescreen TFT display (1280x854 native resolution). Custom configurations also were available.
The PowerBook G4 "Firewire 800" series adds AirPort Extreme (802.11g), Bluetooth 1.1, USB 2.0, and Firewire "800", as well as a faster logicboard and memory, to the 15" models.
Please note that unlike the otherwise similar PowerBook G4/1.0 15" (FW800), the PowerBook G4/1.25 15" (FW800) has the fiber optic based "ambient light sensor" that automatically "measures ambient light and works with integrated software to adjust keyboard illumination and screen brightness based on user preferences". The PowerBook G4/1.25 15" also has a faster processor, twice the default RAM, a larger hard drive, a more capable optical drive, and pre-installed AirPort Extreme (802.11g).
Also see: What are the differences between the 12-Inch, "Firewire 800" 15-Inch, and 17-Inch PowerBook G4 models introduced on September 16, 2003?
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||September 16, 2003
||April 19, 2004
||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.
||PowerPC 7447 (G4)
||The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor.
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|System Bus Speed:
||Cache Bus Speed:
||1.25 GHz (Built-in)
||The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
||512k (on chip)
||Includes a 512k "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
||PC2700 DDR SDRAM
||Min. RAM Speed:
||Supports two 200-pin PC2700 DDR SDRAM SO-DIMM memory modules.
Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the PowerBook G4 models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?
||Mobility Radeon 9600
||ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (4X AGP) with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM.
Also see: What kind of video processor is provided by the PowerBook G4 models? What is the maximum resolution each can support on an external display?
||The video cannot be upgraded.
||15.0" TFT widescreen active-matrix display with a 1280 by 854 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports 1152 by 640, 896 by 600, 720 by 480, 640 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio; and 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio.
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|2nd Display Support:
||2nd Max. Resolution:
||The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2048x1536 at millions of colors.
|Standard Hard Drive:
||80 GB (4200 RPM)
||Int. HD Interface:
||Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the PowerBook G4 models?
||Apple reports that the slot-loading DVD-R/CD-RW "SuperDrive" is capable of writing DVD-R at 2X, reading DVD at 8X, writing CD-R at 16X, writing CD-RW at 4X, and reading CD-ROM at 24X.
Also see: What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the PowerBook G4 models? Can one upgrade the optical drive?
||Internal AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1 pre-installed.
Also see: Which PowerBook G4 models support AirPort? Which support AirPort Extreme? Which have internal support for Bluetooth or Bluetooth 2.0+EDR?
|| Firewire Ports:
||1 (400), 1 (800)
||Two USB 2.0 ports. One Firewire "400" port and one Firewire "800" port.
||Type I/II PC Card
||Single PC Card slot supporting a Type I or Type II PC Card (CardBus compliant).
Also see: Is it possible to add external SATA to the PowerBook G4?
||Apple reports that the integrated keyboard has "78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement), and [an] embedded numeric keypad." The trackpad supports tap, double tap, and drag capabilities.
||PowerBook G4 15"
|Apple Order No:
||The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
|Apple Model No:
||A1046 (EMC 1960)
||Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1046 Model Number, the 1960 EMC Number, and the PowerBook5,2 Model Identifier.
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||46 W h LiIon
||4.5 hours under "normal usage conditions" as estimated by Apple.
Also see: What is the battery life of the PowerBook G4 models?
||This system cannot run versions of MacOS X more recent than 10.5.8.
Also see: Which PowerBook G4 models can boot MacOS 9? Which PowerBook G4 models can only run MacOS 9 applications in the "Classic" environment?
|MacOS 9 Support:
||Classic Mode Only*
||*This model is capable of using Mac OS 9 applications within the Mac OS X "Classic" environment provided with Mac OS X 10.4.11 "Tiger" and lower ("Classic" is not supported starting with Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"). It cannot boot into Mac OS 9.
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||1.1 x 13.7 x 9.5
||5.6 lbs (2.5 kg)
||In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (2.8 cm, 34.8 cm, 24.1 cm).
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||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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