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Apple PowerBook G4 1.33 12" (Al) Specs

Identifiers: 12-Inch 1.33 GHz - M9183LL/A* - PowerBook6,4 - A1010 - 1986

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Apple PowerBook G4 12-InchThe PowerBook G4/1.33 12" features a 1.33 GHz PowerPC 7447a (G4) processor with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and 512k on chip level 2 cache, 256 MB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM, a 60 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive (4200 RPM), either a slot-loading 8X "Combo" drive (M9183LL/A) or 4X "SuperDrive" (M9184LL/A), built-in Bluetooth 1.1 and AirPort Extreme (802.11g), and NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 (4X AGP) graphics with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM in an attractive aluminum alloy case with a 12.1" TFT XGA display (1024x768 native resolution). Custom configurations also were available.

Compared to the PowerBook G4/1.0 12" (DVI) that it replaced, the PowerBook G4/1.33 12" is similar, but has a new logicboard design -- complete with a faster processor, a faster system bus, faster RAM, and improved graphics.

Also see:

  • What are the differences between the 12-Inch, "1.5/1.33" 15-Inch, and 17-Inch PowerBook G4 models introduced on April 19, 2004?
  • What are the differences between the 12-Inch PowerBook G4 models?

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April 19, 2004 January 31, 2005
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 2004.
1 654
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 PowerBook6,4 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, see's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
1.33 GHz PowerPC 7447a (G4)
Details: The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor.
Soldered Integrated
Details: N/A
167 MHz 1.33 GHz (Built-in)
Details: N/A
Open Firmware 1 MB
Details: The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
64k 512k (on chip)
Details: Includes a 512k "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
PC2700 DDR SDRAM 333 MHz
Details: Supports a single 200-pin PC2700 DDR SDRAM SO-DIMM memory module.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the PowerBook G4 models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?
256 MB 1.25 GB
Details: In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this PowerBook G4.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this PowerBook G4.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
256 MB 1
Details: 256 MB onboard, single SO-DIMM slot.
GeForce FX Go5200 DDR SDRAM
Details: NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 (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?
64 MB 64 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 "800 by 600 [and] 640 by 480" when scaled.
Dual/Mirroring 1600x1200
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 1600x1200 at millions of colors.
60 GB HDD 4200 RPM
Details: An 80 GB (5400 RPM) hard drive also was available as a build-to-order option.

Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the PowerBook G4 models?

Site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this PowerBook G4.

Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
2.5" (9.5 mm) Ultra ATA/100
Details: This model supports a single Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6) 2.5" hard drive or SSD that is up to 9.5 mm thick. A thicker 12.5 mm hard drive or SSD will physically fit, but it will block air flow inside the case and cause overheating.
8X "Combo Drive"* None
Details: This model was available configured with an 8X "Combo" drive for US$1599 (M9183LL/A) and a 4X "SuperDrive" for US$1799 (M9184LL/A).

Apple reports that the slot-loading DVD/CD-RW "Combo" drive is capable of reading DVD at 8X, writing CD-R at 24X, writing CD-RW at 16X, and reading CD-ROM at 24X.

The DVD-R/CD-RW "SuperDrive" is capable of writing DVD-R at 4X, 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?
56k v.92 10/100Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11b/g (Standard) 1.1
Details: AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1 built-in.

Also see: Which PowerBook G4 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. One Firewire "400" port.
None None
Details: This model has no available expansion slots.

Also see: Is there a replacement wireless card that offers better wireless reception for the 12-Inch PowerBook G4?
Full-size Trackpad
Details: 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.
Notebook PowerBook G4 12"
M9183LL/A* 12-Inch 1.33 GHz
Details: *The M9183LL/A Apple order number refers to the "Combo" drive configuration. The "SuperDrive" configuration was assigned M9184LL/A.
A1010 (EMC 1986) PowerBook6,4
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1010 Model Number, the 1986 EMC Number, and the PowerBook6,4 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 5 Hours
Details: 5 hours under "normal usage conditions" as estimated by Apple.

Also see: What is the battery life of the PowerBook G4 models?
X 10.2.7 X 10.5.8
Details: 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?
Classic Mode Only* Emulation Only
Details: *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.

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
1.18 x 10.9 x 8.6 4.6 lbs (2.1 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (3.0 cm, 27.7 cm, 21.9 cm).
US$1599, US$1799 US$125-US$200
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-DVI) None
Details: DVI, VGA, composite, and S-video capable with provided adapters.

Also see: What is a "DVI" port? Which PowerBook G4 models have DVI ports? Which do not?
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
2 (2.0) 1 (400)
Details: Two USB 2.0 ports. One Firewire "400" port.
1 (RJ-11) 1 (RJ-45)
Details: Internal card provides 56k v.92 modem and 10/100Base-T Ethernet. Blueooth 1.1 standard.
None 1*
Details: S-video adapter provided for Mini-DVI port.
1 (Internal) 1
Details: Internal omnidirectional microphone. Single 16-bit stereo sound input minijack.
1 None
Details: Single 16-bit stereo sound output minijack also can be used with headphones.
1 None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 45 W power adapter.

Ten of the most popular Q&As about the PowerBook G4 models follow.

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