PowerBook G4 17-inch Early 2003

The Apple PowerBook G4 17-inch Early 2003 (Aluminum) is a notebook computer that was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple in 2003 as part of the PowerBook G4 series of Macintosh PowerBook computers. The computer has been introduced on January 7, 2003, and its price started at $3299.

The new PowerBook G4 features a 1 GHz PowerPC 7455 G4 processor, 17″ TFT Display, 512 MB of RAM, 60 GB hard drive, slot-loading 2x DVD-R/CD-RW “SuperDrive”, built-in Bluetooth 1.1, AirPort Extreme Card, FireWire “800” port, and 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go graphics.

This PowerBook has been discontinued on September 16, 2003, and has been replaced by PowerBook G4 17-inch Late 2003.

Today PowerBook G4 17-inch Early 2003 is 20 years old!

PowerBook G4 17-inch
Source: techable.com – PowerBook G4 17-inch

PowerBook G4 17-inch Early 2003 Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedJanuary 7, 2003
ReleasedMarch 2003
DiscontinuedSeptember 16, 2003
Model IdentifierPowerBook5,1
Model NumberA1013
Order NumberM8793LL/A
Original Price$3,299
Weight6.8 Ibs.
3.084 KG
Dimensions1” H x 15.4” W x 10.2” D
2.54 cm H x 39.11 cm W x 25.9 cm D

Tech Specs


ProcessorPowerPC 7455 G4
Processor Speed1 GHz
Number of Cores1
System Bus167 MHz
Cache64 KB L1
256 KB on-chip L2
1 MB L3

Storage & Media

Storage60 GB
Media1 – 2x DVD-R/CD-RW “SuperDrive” slot-loading drive


Built-in Memory512 MB
Maximum Memory1 GB (Apple)
2 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots1 – PC-2700 200-pin SO-DIMM
Interleaving SupportNo


Built-in Display17″ Color TFT Display
Resolutions640 x 480
800 x 600
1024 x 768
1152 x 720
1440 x 900 (native)


Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce 440 Go
Graphics Memory64 MB
Display Connection1 – DVI
1 – S-Video
Display ModesDual display extended and video mirroring
External ResolutionUp to 2048 by 1536 pixels


Expansion Slots1 – Single Type I or II
Hard Drive InterfaceUltra ATA/100 (ATA-6)


Wi-FiAirPort Extreme Card 802.11b/g
Ethernet10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
BluetoothBluetooth 1.1
ADB1 – Internal for Trackpad
FireWire1 – 400 Mbps
1 – 800 Mbps
USB2 – 12 Mbps
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 – DVI
1 – S-Video
Security Slot1 – Kensington cable lock

Keyboard and trackpad

KeyboardBuilt-in Full-size 78-key (U.S.) or 79-key (ISO) incl. 12 function and 4 arrow keys
TrackpadBuilt-in Solid-state trackpad (Tap, double-tap, and drag)


Original OSMac OS X 10.2.4
Later OSMac OS X 10.2.7
Mac OS X 10.3
Maximum OSMac OS X 10.5.8
FirmwareMacintosh ROM
Bundled SoftwareMac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD)
DVD Player
Mac OS X Mail
Microsoft Internet Explorer
EarthLink (includes 30 days of free service)
Acrobat Reader
Art Directors Toolkit
FileMaker Pro Trial
Microsoft Office
QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition
Developer Tools
Apple Hardware Test


System Battery55 Wh Lithium-Ion Prismatic
Backup BatteryPowerBook G4 Backup Battery (922 – 5767)
Battery LifeUp to 4.5 hours
Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown
Line Voltage100-240 V AC
Power Adapter65 W Apple Portable Power Adapter

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Apple Support – PowerBook G4 (17-inch): Technical Specifications