PowerBook G3 12.1-inch Mid 1998

The Apple PowerBook G3 12.1-inch Mid 1998 is a notebook that was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple in 1998 as part of the PowerBook G3 series of Macintosh computers. The computer has been introduced on May 6, 1998, and its price started at $2299.

The new PowerBook features a 233 MHz PowerPC 740 G3 processor, 12.1″ color LCD display, 32 MB of RAM, 2 GB hard drive, 1.44 MB floppy drive, 20x CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and 2 MB ATI Rage LT graphics in the base model.

This PowerBook has been discontinued on September 1, 1998.

Today PowerBook G3 12.1-inch Mid 1998 is 25 years old!

PowerBook G3 12.1-inch Mid 1998
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PowerBook G3 12.1-inch Mid 1998 Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedMay 6, 1998
DiscontinuedSeptember 1, 1998
Model Identifier314
Model NumberM4753
Order NumberM6477LL/A
Original Price$2,299
ColorsDark Grey
Weight7.2 Ibs.
3.265 KG
Dimensions2” H x 12.7” W x 10.4” D
5.08 cm H x 32.25 cm W x 26.41 cm D

Tech Specs


ProcessorPowerPC 740 G3
Processor Speed233 MHz
Number of Cores1
System Bus66 MHz
Cache64 KB L1
CoprocessorBuilt-in FPU

Storage & Media

Storage2 GB
Media1 – 1.44 MB floppy
1 – 20x CD-ROM or DVD-ROM


Built-in Memory32 MB
Maximum Memory192 MB (Apple)
512 MB (Actual)
Memory Slots2 – PC-100 144-pin SO-DIMM
Minimum Speed10 ns
Interleaving SupportNo


Built-in Display12.1″ Color STN Passive Matrix Display
Resolutions800 x 600


Graphics CardATI Rage LT
Graphics Memory2 MB
4 MB
Display Connection1 – VGA
Display ModesVideo mirroring only
External ResolutionNone


Expansion Slots2 – Type II or 1 – Type III PC Card
Hard Drive InterfaceATA-2
Bays2 – PowerBook Media Bays (1998)


Modem56k (Optional)
Infrared1 – 4 Mbps
ADB1 – External
1 – Internal for Trackpad
SCSI1 – HDI-30
Floppy PortNone
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog input jack
1 – Built-in microphone
Audio Out1 – 3.5-mm analog output jack
2 – Built-in speakers
Display1 – VGA
Security Slot1 – Kensington cable lock

Keyboard and trackpad

KeyboardBuilt-in Full-size 77-key (U.S.) or 78-key (ISO) incl. 12 function and 4 arrow keys
TrackpadBuilt-in Solid-state trackpad (Tap, double-tap, and drag)


Original OSMac OS 8
Maximum OSMac OS X 10.2.8
FirmwareMacintosh ROM
Bundled SoftwareNone


System Battery49 Wh Lithium-Ion (M6385 & M4685)
Backup BatteryPowerBook G3 Backup Battery (922-3380)
Battery Life3.5 hours on one battery
7 hours on two batteries
Maximum Continuous Power45 W
Line Voltage100-240 V AC
Power Adapter45 W AC (M4402)

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