12″ PowerBook G4 (Early 2005)

After nine months at 1.33 GHz, Apple bumped the little AlBook from 1.33 GHz to 1.5 GHz, a 13% increase. Standard memory has been raised to 512 MB, graphics now uses the Nvidia GeForce FX Go5200 processor, and the SuperDrive can burn DVDs at up to 8x. All this at $100 less than the retail price of the previous model.

12" PowerBook G4Bluetooth 2.0 (up to 3x faster than the old standard) and 802.11g AirPort Extreme are now standard features on all PowerBooks, and the 2005 models add two new technologies: a scrolling trackpad and motion sensing. Scrolling with the trackpad requires the use of two fingers, and motion sensing is meant to protect the hard drive if the PowerBook is dropped.

The 12″ PowerBook G4 had the third-smallest footprint of any Apple notebook to date at 93.74 square inches, beat out by the PowerBook 2400c (89.25 square inches) and barely edged out by the PowerBook 100 (93.50 square inches). It had the lowest total volume of any Mac ‘Book until the MacBook Air was introduced in 2008.

The battery is rated at 5 hours.


  • Introduced 2005.01.31 at US$1,499 (Combo) and US$1,699 (SuperDrive). Combo model discontinued, SuperDrive model reduced to US$1,499 on 2005.10.19.
  • requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther through 10.5 Leopard
  • CPU: 1.5 GHz G4 (7457B)
  • Bus: 167 MHz
  • Performance:
    • Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 758
  • ROM: 4 MB, NewWorld ROM in RAM architecture
  • RAM: 512 MB, expandable to 1.25 using PC2700 DDR SDRAM memory (256 MB onboard plus one expansion slot)
  • Level 2 cache: 512 KB at CPU speed
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce FX Go5200 AGP 8x
  • VRAM: 64 MB
  • Video out: mini-DVI (supports DVI and VGA with adapters)
  • display: 12.1″ 24-bit 1024 x 768 106 ppi color active matrix. Supports resolution scaling for 800 x 600 and 640 x 480. Supports to 2048 x 1536 on external display.
  • Hard drive: 60/80 GB 5400 rpm ATA/100
  • optical drive: Combo drive or 4x SuperDrive
    • Combo drive reads DVDs at up to 8x, writes CD-R at up to 24x, writes CD-RW at up to 16x, reads CDs at up to 24x
    • SuperDrive writes DVD-R and DVD+R at up to 8x, DVD-RW and DVD+RW at 4x, reads DVDs at 6x, writes CD-R at 24x, writes CD-RW at 10x, reads CDs at 24x
  • floppy drive: external USB only
  • expansions bays: none
  • USB: 2 2.0 ports
  • FireWire: 1 FW400 port
  • IR port: none
  • Ethernet: 10/100Base-T
  • Modem: v.92 56k
  • WiFi: 802.11g AirPort Extreme built in
  • Bluetooth: BT 2.0 built in
  • PC Card slots: none
  • size: 8.6″ x 10.9″ x 1.18″ (219 x 277 x 30 mm)
  • Weight: 4.6 pounds (2.1 kg)
  • Part no.: M9690LL/A (Combo), M9691LL/A (SuperDrive)

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