14″ iBook G4 (Early 2004)

For the first time, Apple offered a SuperDrive as an option on the iBook, making the 14″ 1.0 GHz model (actually 1.07 GHz) a very affordable, very portable way to burn DVDs.

14" iBook G4The “1 GHz” model is often sold on the used market as a 1.07 GHz iBook G4. Despite the fact that the CPU actually runs at 1.07 GHz, Apple marketed it as a 1 GHz model, making the 1.2 GHz version seem that much faster. Benchmarks bear out the 1.07 GHz speed.

In addition to a 12-15% speed bump, the Early 2004 iBook uses a G4 processor with a 512 MB level 2 cache – twice as big as on the previous iBook G4. Another improvement is 256 MB of RAM on the system board (twice as much) and maximum RAM is now rated at 1.25 GB, twice as much as the 2003 iBook officially supported.

The video remains the same Mobility Radeon 9200 chipset found in the earlier iBook. An internal Bluetooth module is a new option.

Details

  • introduced 2004.04.19 at US$1,299 (1 GHz) and $1,499 (1.2 GHz); replaced by 1.33 GHz model 2004.10.19
  • requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther through 10.5 Leopard
  • CPU: 1.07/1.2 GHz G4
  • Bus: 133 MHz
  • Performance:
    • Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 640 (1.2 GHz)
    • Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 574 (1.07 GHz)
  • ROM: 4 MB, NewWorld ROM in RAM architecture
  • RAM: 256 MB of SDRAM soldered in place, expandable to 1.25 GB using one PC2100 module (PC2700 compatible)
  • Level 2 cache: 512 KB on-chip cache
  • Video: ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 4x AGP
  • VRAM: 32 MB
  • display: 14.1″ 24-bit 1024 x 768 91 ppi color active matrix, resolution scaling for 640 x 480 and 800 x 600 modes
  • Video out: VGA and composite video
  • Hard drive: 40/60 GB 4200 rpm ATA/100
  • optical drive: Combo drive, 4x SuperDrive optional
    • Combo drive writes CD-R discs at up to 24x, CD-RW at up to 16x, reads DVD-ROM at up to 8x, CD-ROM at up to 24x
    • SuperDrive writes DVD-R discs at up to 4x, reads DVDs at up to 8x, writes CD-R at up to 16x, writes CD-RW at up to 8x, reads CDs at up to 24x
  • floppy drive: external USB only
  • expansions bays: none
  • USB: 2 2.0 ports
  • FireWire: 1 FW400 port
  • Ethernet: 10/100Base-T
  • Modem: v.92 56k
  • wireless networking: 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme, optional on 1 GHz model, standard on 1.2 GHz model
  • Microphone: built in
  • PC Card slots: none
  • Battery: rated at 6 hours
  • size: 12.7 x 10.2 x 1.35″ (32.3 x 25.9 x 3.4 cm)
  • Weight: 5.9 pounds (2.7 kg) with battery

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