12" iBook G4/1.2 GHz (Late 2004)
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Spec for spec, the 12" iBook G4/1.2 GHz matches the 1 GHz model it replaces with one change: a 20% faster CPU. AirPort Extreme is now standard, and the retail price is $100 lower than model introduced just six months ago. With a $999 retail price, this should sell like hotcakes.
The 12" iBook G4/1.2 GHz also compares very nicely with the $1,599 12" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz - 90% as fast but a smaller hard drive at 63% the price, the iBook is a great value. (The PowerBook has an aluminum case, making it a bit smaller and lighter, and also has a better keyboard.)
- introduced 2004.10.19 at $999
- requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later
- CPU: 1.2 GHz G4 (7457B)
- bus: 133 MHz
- Geekbench 2 (Leopard): 640
- Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 607
- 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: 12.1" 24-bit 1024 x 768 106 ppi color active matrix, resolution scaling for 640 x 480 and 800 x 600 modes
- video out: VGA and composite video
- hard drive: 30 GB 4200 rpm ATA/100
- optical drive: 16x8x8x24x Combo (CD-RW/DVD)
- 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
- 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 included
- microphone: built in
- PC Card slots: none
- Battery: rated at 5 hours
- size: 11.2 x 9.06 x 1.35" (28.5 x 23.0 x 3.4 cm)
- weight: 4.9 pounds (2.2 kg) with battery
- Part no.: M9623
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