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Take a good look at these power connectors and hope you are not working with the round version above. I gave my son my older G4 Power Book and today his power supply has packed in…can I get a new one let alone a second hand one. Apple should be ashamed of themselves by changing the power plug from the round version to the square four pin version leaving all the round pin users to drown in it’s obsolescence.

They are so proud of their “unique” look all the way through to the 24.5v power connector which lights up when plugged in, yet they care not a jot when they decide to re design such a crucial part of the design. My advice is buy a spare 5 pin power lead while you can if you intend using your MAC long after the power supply has been re designed !


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

6 thoughts on “Apple make Laptops obsolescent…what’s new !

  1. Amazon UK lists the Apple PowerBook G4 power supply as well as some third party power supplies.

    Having used the old power supply, I actually think the new one is a big step forward, not just “obsolescence”; much easier to connect and disconnect, and if you trip over the cable, it doesn’t drag the laptop off the desk!

  2. Thanks Michael, I did have a look at Amazon but you had a better finger on the pulse. I agree with you the newer design is far superior but Apple should still stock the older adaptors. Just purchased one from Amazon, my son will be pleased.

  3. I have a drawer full of those chargers. That round tip design came out in 1999 with the Barby Doll iBooks and Wallstreet Powerbooks. They kept it around all the way thru the Pismo, White iBooks, then Titanium and Aluminum G4 Powerbooks. That’s actually a pretty long time. Unfortunately you bought in at the end and the darn laptop is lasting entirely too long. Blasted Apple!!

  4. Actually, that is not the current power supply either. It now looks like more rectangular.

  5. The old one is still stocked in our local brick and mortar Apple store…

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