Apple PowerBook G4 1.5 12" (Al) Specs
Identifiers: 12-Inch 1.5 GHz - M9690LL/A* - PowerBook6,8 - A1104 - 2030
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The PowerBook G4/1.5 12" features a 1.5 GHz PowerPC 7447a (G4) processor with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and 512k on chip level 2 cache, 512 MB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM, a 60 GB (M9690LL/A) or 80 GB (M9691LL/A) Ultra ATA/100 hard drive (5400 RPM), either a slot-loading 8X "Combo" drive (M9183LL/A) or 8X "SuperDrive" (M9184LL/A), built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR 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 G4/1.33 12" that it replaced, the PowerBook G4/1.5 12" is quite similar, but is equipped with a faster processor, a faster hard drive complete with "Sudden Motion Sensor" technology that stops the hard drive heads from moving if the notebook is dropped, a new "Scrolling Trackpad" that allows one to scroll or pan by touching the trackpad with two fingers instead of one, and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.
- What are the differences between the 12-Inch, "1.65/1.5" or "Sudden Motion Sensor/Bluetooth 2.0+EDR" 15-Inch, and 17-Inch PowerBook G4 models introduced on January 31, 2005?
- What are the differences between the 12-Inch PowerBook G4 models?
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||January 31, 2005
||May 16, 2006*
||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.
*The configuration that shipped with a "Combo" drive and a 60 GB hard drive (M9690LL/A) was discontinued October 19, 2005.
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||PowerPC 7447a (G4)
||The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor.
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|System Bus Speed:
||Cache Bus Speed:
||1.5 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 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 onboard, single SO-DIMM slot.
||GeForce FX Go5200
||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?
||The video cannot be upgraded.
||12.1" TFT XGA
||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.
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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:
||60, 80 GB (5400 RPM)
||Int. HD Interface:
||M9690LL/A shipped with a 60 GB hard drive and M9691LL/A with an 80 GB hard drive. A 100 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?
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||8X "Combo Drive"*
||This model was available configured with an 8X "Combo" drive (M9690LL/A) and an 8X "SuperDrive" (M9691LL/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±RW/CD-RW "SuperDrive" is capable of writing DVD-R at 8X, DVD-RW at 4X, DVD+R at 8X, DVD+RW at 4X, reading DVD at 8X, reading DVD-R,+R,-RW, and +RW at 6X, writing CD-R at 24X, writing CD-RW at 10X, 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?
||AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR 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?
|| Firewire Ports:
||Two USB 2.0 ports. One Firewire "400" port.
||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?
||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, drag, and scroll capabilities.
||PowerBook G4 12"
|Apple Order No:
||12-Inch 1.5 GHz
||*This Apple model number refers to the configuration that shipped with a "Combo" drive and a 60 GB hard drive. The configuration with the "SuperDrive" and an 80 GB hard drive was assigned M9691LL/A.
|Apple Model No:
||A1104 (EMC 2030)
||Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1104 Model Number, the 2030 EMC Number, and the PowerBook6,8 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
||50 W h LiIon
||5 hours under "normal usage conditions" as estimated by Apple.
Also see: What is the battery life of the PowerBook G4 models?
||*Shipped with MacOS X 10.4 "Tiger" starting October 19, 2005.
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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||1.18 x 10.9 x 8.6
||4.6 lbs (2.1 kg)
||In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (3.0 cm, 27.7 cm, 21.9 cm).
||Est. Current Retail:
||*Originally US$1499 with 60 GB hard drive and "Combo" drive (M9690LL/A) and US$1699 with 80 GB hard drive and "SuperDrive". On October 19, 2005, the low-end configuration was discontinued and the high-end configuration was offered for US$1499.
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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