A whole family … PowerBook G4 (Late 2003)




September 16, 2003 was to go down in history, but did not work out. 15 years ago, Apple was not yet an important element of the universe, and its news did not interest anyone. It is a pity that many questions could not be answered. For example, I never found out if the Apple Special Event was organized on this occasion, let alone the venue. Whether this event led Steve (already aware of his diagnosis), or someone else. All these details, of course, not the most important, the essence is more important – and everything is fine with her, but …

Rummaging through search engines and directories, I found out a lot of absolutely unnecessary about this day, Tuesday, September 16, 2003 – but I didn’t meet any mention of Apple.

Nowadays, even the less significant events connected with this company are written by all and sundry, even in the most unexpected editions. No wonder, a company with a trillion-dollar capitalization, the very best, iPhone-iPad-Apple Watch and all that!

This is the fifth part of the PowerBook G4 series, the list of previous parts below:

First: PowerBook G4 from titanium. Apple is trying to stand out … ;
Second: the Titanic breakthrough against the backdrop of the crisis of the industry ;
Third: PowerBook G4: Titanium Thumbelina ;
Fourth: The smallest and largest PowerBook G4 .

Aluminum alloy …

The “family” announced on September 16, 2003 included portable Mac’s and three models, one of the models was presented in two versions. Models differed from one another in the sizes of screens and cases. For some reason, the creators of the family were most interested in the size of the screens up to the diagonal; the models were called 12-, 15-, and 17-inch PowerBook G4 (Late 2003).

In all the PowerBook G4 (Late 2003), one of the most chic modifications of the “four +” generation PowerPC was used, PPC 7447a. 0.13 micron technology, a three-layer silicon-dielectric-silicon substrate … For the time being from Motorola (already engaged in providing independence to the microprocessor design and manufacturing unit), but IBM’s footprint in the design of this processor is obvious.

The 12-inch PowerBook G4 (with a diagonal of 30.7 cm) differed from its January predecessor in the type of connector for display devices. Mini-VGA has given way to Mini-DVI. Therefore, the model was called the PowerBook G4 1.0 12 ”(DVI-Al). I will not decipher VGA, DVI and Al.

The model identifier, PowerBook6,2, indicated that it belongs to the “iBook’i class of special power”.

The 15-inch versions (“cheap” and “expensive”) were called the PowerBook G4 1.0 15 ”(FW800-Al) and the PowerBook G4 1.25 15” (FW800-Al). They supported FireWire 800 (Apple terminology), or IEEE-1394b-2002 (in the world).

I almost forgot: 15.0 inches is 38.1 cm. The model ID is PowerBook5,2. 1.0 and 1.25 is the clock frequency, in GHz.

The 17-inch model was a PowerBook G4 1.33 17 ”(Al). About “Al” could also be omitted, the previous 17-inch model was from the same aluminum alloy.

The identifier for the 17-inch model “Late 2003” is the PowerBook5,3.

PowerBook G4 1.0 12 ”(DVI-Al)
The case of this model does not differ from the case of the January 12-inch PowerBook G4, and it is also “the smallest notebook by volume from Apple”. The record lasted until January 2008, when he was beaten by the MacBook Air.

Processor clock frequency – 1 GHz, front tire – 133 MHz. Second level cache 512 K. Third level cache was missing. 256 megabytes of RAM, included in the kit, soldered to the motherboard. Bank of RAM is one, its maximum capacity – up to 1.25 GB.

Hard disk – 40 GB, UltraATA / 100, 4,200 rpm. Built-in Bluetooth 1.1, AirPort Extreme Ready.

NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 graphics card (4x AGP), with 32 MB of video memory.

The screen with a diagonal of 30.7 cm, “native” resolution of 1024×768, support 800×600 and 640×480. On an external monitor – up to 1600×1200, with support for all modes.

2 USB 2.0, 1 FW400 … body thickness – 1.18 inches (2.997 cm, usually round up to 3 cm), weight 2.1 kg.

Depending on the type of optical drive (the old days are back?), Two price options: configuration with 8x Combo (DVD-ROM / CD-RW) – $ 1,599, with 2x SuperDrive (DVD-RW / CD-RW ) – 1 799 dollars. Both types of drive with slot loading.

Geekbench 2 – 458 points.

PowerBook G4 1.0 / 1.25 15 ”(FW800 — Al)
The model (with the PowerBook5,2 identifier) ​​existed in two versions, “expensive” and “cheap”.

The general between the options: the same processor (the clock frequency of the options is different), because of this, the cache size of the second level (on the chip) is the same – 512 K. There is no third level cache.

The clock frequency of the front-side system bus is also total – 167 MHz.

The variants used the same type of RAM chips (PC2700 DDR SDRAM), but
the amount of RAM included in the kit is different.

The same ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 graphics card (4x AGP), with 64 megabytes of video memory.

Screen with a 15-inch diagonal (38.1 cm), widescreen (3: 2), with a native resolution of 1280×854. “Non-native” resolutions were supported, both 3: 2 and 4: 3.

On an external monitor, resolutions up to 2048×1536 were supported, in all modes.

In both versions, one port FW400 and FW800, 2 USB 2.0 ports. And built-in Bluetooth 1.1.

General body (1.1 inches or 2.8 cm thick) and weight – 2.5 kg.

In the “cheap” version (with a clock frequency of 1.0 GHz), the basic amount of RAM is 256 megabytes (but not a single byte of them was soldered to the motherboard).

Hard disk 60 GB, UltraATA / 100, 4,200 rpm.

Optical drive – 8x Combo (DVD-ROM / CD-RW).

AirPort Extreme Ready (but the card had to be purchased for an additional fee). The ambient light sensor in the “cheap” version was missing.

The “cheap” version cost $ 1,999, in Geekbench 2 – 542 points.

The clock frequency of the “expensive” version is 1.25 GHz.

The amount of RAM in the basic set of “expensive” version – 512 Megabytes. Disk in 80 gigabyte, UltraATA / 100, 4 200 r / min.

Built-in AirPort Extreme, light sensor, 2x SuperDrive (DVD-RW / CD-RW).

Price – $ 2,599, in Geekbench 2 – 658 points.

PowerBook G4 1.33 17 “(FW800 — Al)
The clock frequency is 1.33 GHz, the clock frequency of the front-side bus (FSB) is 167 Megahertz. The second level cache is 512 K, the third level cache is missing.

With the exception of the screen diagonal (17.0 inches, or 43.18 cm), case size (by the way, the case thickness is 1 inch, or 2.54 cm – this is the thinnest computer in the family), the weight is 3.1 kg and the higher clock frequency processor, otherwise the model is identical to the PowerBook G4 1.25 15 ”(FW800 — Al).

Geekbench 2 – 688 points.

Price – $ 2,999.


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