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SMS for PowerBook G4 (Early 2005)

12.11.2018 - Apple, History, PowerPC
SMS for PowerBook G4 (Early 2005)

Last day of January 2005. Learn about upgrading the entire line PowerBook, the people are not seriously worried: is this it, what you’ve all been waiting for? All the terms are already out! But it was another PowerBook G4…

The person who invented the saying about “wait and catch”, certainly had to feel them myself. It is especially difficult to wait if there’s still hope, but she deflates, like snow under the rays of the spring sun, and less than her, the sharper it is…

If Apple still managed (in collaboration with IBM, Freescale, and P. A. Semi) to create a PowerBook G5, even if this product fell apart in his hands and, due to overheating of the LCD fell out fragments… No, nothing good would happen. More or less working sample existed, and the latest version of PowerPC 970 in it was acceptable and cool, but the batteries drained as he was dying of thirst a camel…

There was a news from Freescale – PowerPC fourth modification (alas) generation, which at the same clock speeds showed performance 40 percent greater than the 7447a, surpassing in this indicator the PowerPC 970, if you don’t overclock the CPU to higher frequencies.

But you will not understand. Moreover, the most important indicator of performance, no matter what, and remained clock frequency. About the PowerPC 7448 (as he called the applicant to a place in portable Macs) we will talk next time. Steve showed prototype, he politely said nothing. Not inspired…

Yes, and being here at SMS?

What’s SMS?

SMS, in this particular case, stands for the Sudden Motion Sensor (sudden motion sensor) in July 2005 to get to the last model iBook G4(the last Two models of the iBook G4…).

In Russian literature this sensor is called a “fall detector”. At the signal of this sensor, the heads of the hard disk automatically and very quickly took the safest position to be able to at least recover the data.

31 Jan 2005 this sensor appeared in all new models of PowerBook G4, except the one with the 12-inch screen.

When Steve, a few months, was justified before the public for the decision to switch to processors from Intel (“the enemy” processors in the world!), he mentioned the desire to create a portable Apple Mac and worthy of their users. Maybe not lied.

Three models and five options

SMS for PowerBook G4 (Early 2005)

Traditionally, a line of professional laptop computers consisted of three models, two of which were offered in two versions.

The main difference between the models was the screen size diagonally: 12,1, 15.0 17.0 inches (30,7, 38.1 and 43.2 cm). But not the only one.

12-inch model was more powerful and expensive option iBook G4 than the PowerBook G4 one of the is confirmed and IDs models from the same series with the iBook G4, in this case – PowerBook6,8. The last model of iBook G4 that came six months later, the ID was PowerBook6,7.

Until January 2005, almost-iBook’and different from other models of PowerBook still on the technical side – but in 2005, many of the rules no longer worked.

The 15-inch model identifier PowerBook5,6, included two options that differ one from the other clock frequency of CPU, performance and price. The most popular model, top variant which was the fastest in the lineup.

The 17-inch model, despite a different ID (PowerBook5,7), almost exactly the same as the configuration of the 15-inch model, differing from her body, more powerful battery, screen and cost more than anything.

PowerBook G4 (Early 2005) – General technical data

In all models PowerBook G4(Early 2004) was used and the same modification of the processor: PowerPC 7447a, with a built-in cache of the second level in volume of 512 K

In the entire range front system bus was overclocked to 167 MHz, the kit included the same 512 Megabytes of RAM, same type (PC2700 DDR SDRAM 333 MHz).

And that is different from the lineup PowerBook’s January 2005 from the previous one, the basic kit all models included the installation of AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

Supplied lineup with Mac OS 10.3.7, Panther, and all of his models were ready for the expected summer of the same year Mac OS 10.4 Tiger.

There was something else new: the trackpad has mastered the two-finger gesture to scroll. Something like a scroll wheel from other manufacturers… With its pluses and minuses.

I to this gesture so used for more than ten years, and he is so into my life that reading about the gesture I didn’t understand what it is… not Yet realized.

All optical drives lineup, regardless of their type, slot load.

Options “iBook’and on steroids”

With the exception of the optical drive type, hard drive size and price, all variants are identical.

The version with an 8x Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) and the disc 60 GB (5 400 rpm UltraATA/100) cost 1 $ 499.

Option 8x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW) drive and 80 GB (5 400 rpm UltraATA/100) cost of 1 699$.
512 MB internal memory 256 was soldered to the motherboard, and the other 256… took a single memory Bank. The maximum amount of RAM – 1.25 GB. It can be ordered during the purchase.

NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 (4x AGP) with 32 MB of VRAM, native resolution of the screen 1024×768 on an external monitor up to 2048×1536, with all modes available (no locks).

All standard communication connections, a built-in modem… Just an Ethernet 10/100Base-T and lack of support FW 800 is a little spoiled the picture.

Processor frequency – 1.5 GHz, 725 points in Geekbench 2.

These PowerBook G4

As mentioned above, all the “true Indians” line of January 2005, in many ways, very similar.

All with the same video card – ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (4x AGP), but the amount of video memory different from 64 to 128 Megabytes.

In all, one expansion slot Type I/II PC Card, the same maximum amount of memory (2 Gigabytes).

Built-in modem (56,6 k V. 92), Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 FW400 port and 1 FW800 port.

The processor in the first (“cheap”) 15-inch version was overclocked to 1.5 GHz that “almost iBook G4” in the previous section, but in Geekbench 2 it scored 744 points, a little surprising. But… to double-check nothing.

The amount of graphics memory – 64 Megabytes (increase it), native resolution built-in screen 1280х854, the maximum external is 2048×1536. Lock no.

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

Disk 80 GB 5 400 rpm UltraATA/100.

Price – 1 $ 999.

A 15-inch “abruptly” processor overclocked to 1.67 GHz, the number of points in Geekbench 2, this option record the model number – 844 points, almost like the PowerMac G5/1,6.

Disk 80 GB 5 400 rpm, UltraATA/100. Tolerable.

8x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW).

The amount of video memory by default (in basic configuration) 64 Megabytes, but for his own account can be increased to 128 Megabytes.

Price – 2 $ 299.

17-inch giant (the most delicate of all, the thickness of only 1 inch is 2.54 cm), was overclocked to 1.67 GHz, the basic kit included the drive capacity of 100 GB with a spindle speed of 5,400 rpm, UltraATA/100.

In Geekbench 2 it scored 817 points.

8x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW).

The amount of video memory in the base set is 128 Megabytes. You cannot increase it.

Native resolution built-in display 1440h900, external – up to 2560 x 1600. Support all modes, no locks.

The price of 2 699$.

To be continued

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