Apple Mac mini M9686LL/A PowerMac10,1 A1103 2026

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Apple Mac mini G4The Apple Mac mini G4/1.25 features a 1.25 GHz PowerPC 7447a (G4) processor with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and a 512k on-chip level 2 cache, 256 MB of 333 MHz PC2700 DDR SDRAM memory (512 MB after July 26, 2005), a 40.0 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive, a slot-loading 8X DVD/CD-RW "Combo" Drive (4X DVD±RW/CD-RW "SuperDrive" optional), and an ATI Radeon 9200 graphics processor (4X AGP) with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM.

Connectivity includes DVI (DVI-to-VGA adapter included), USB 2.0, FireWire, and a headphone/line out jack, as well as support for AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth with optional upgrades.

The internal components are cleverly enclosed in a tiny and elegant 2.9 lb, 6.5 inch square, two inch tall "cuboid" case with an external power supply. The Mac mini shipped without a display, keyboard, or mouse, but numerous Apple and third-party options were available.

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January 11, 2005*February 28, 2006
Details:The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

*512 MB of RAM standard after July 26, 2005.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2005.
1.25 GHzPowerPC 7447a (G4)
Details:The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor.
Details:Geekbench 2 benchmarks reflect results as submitted to the Geekbench websiteHigher numbers are better. Individual user-submitted benchmarks can vary, but an average can be useful to get an idea of the relative performance of different Macs. You also might be interested in combing through all Geekbench user-submissions for Macs with the PowerMac10,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, please see's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:The processor is mounted directly to the motherboard.
167 MHz (7.5:1)N/A
Open Firmware1 MB
Details:The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
64k512k (on-chip)
Details:512k on-chip level 2 cache runs at processor speed.
Details:Supports 184-pin PC2700 (333 MHz) DDR SDRAM.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the Mac mini G4 models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?
256 MB, 512 MB1 GB
Details:512 MB of RAM standard after July 26, 2005.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this Mac mini.

In Canada, site sponsor The Mac Market sells memory and other upgrades for this Mac mini.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this Mac mini.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Details:One factory-installed memory card, "Apple Authorized" upgrade only.
Radeon 9200DDR SDRAM
Details:ATI Radeon 9200 with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM (AGP 4X Support).
32 MB32 MB
Details:The video cannot be upgraded.
Single Display1920x1200
Details:The DVI video output supports digital resolutions up to 1920x1200. Apple also reports that it supports the "20-inch Apple Cinema display and 23-inch Apple Cinema HD display; supports coherent digital displays up to 154MHz; supports non-coherent digital displays up to 135MHz." VGA output (using the provided adapter) supports analog resolutions as high as 1920x1080. S-Video and composite video (to connect to a projector or TV) requires the Apple DVI to Video adapter (sold separately).
40.0 GB (4200 RPM)Ultra ATA/100
Details:This model supports hard drives larger than 128 GB.

Also see: How do you upgrade or replace the hard drive in the Mac mini G4? What type of hard drive does the Mac mini support?

In the US, site sponsor Mission Repair offers free diagnosis of Mac mini hardware problems and a 24-hour repair service for this Mac mini. A hard drive upgrade service and more are provided.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this Mac mini.
8X "Combo Drive"None
Details:Apple reports that this slot-loading "combo" drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) "reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed, [and] reads CDs at up to 24x speed."

Apple reported that the optional "SuperDrive" (DVD±RW/CD-RW) "writes DVD-R discs at up to 4x speed, writes DVD-RW discs at up to 2x speed, writes DVD+R discs at up to 4x speed, writes DVD+RW discs at up to 2.4x speed, reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 16x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 8x speed, [and] reads CDs at up to 24x speed."
56.6k v.92 (internal)10/100Base-T
802.11b/g (Optional)1.1 (Optional)
Details:This model could be configured with AirPort Extreme (802.11b/802.11g) and Bluetooth at the time of purchase for additional cost.
2 (2.0)1 (400)
Details:Two USB 2.0 ports. One Firewire "400" port.
Details:Internal AirPort Extreme (802.11b/802.11g) and Bluetooth support.
Details:The Mac mini did not ship with a keyboard or mouse. Compatible with numerous USB-based Apple and third-party products, however.

Also see: What type of keyboards and mice does the Mac mini G4 support?
CuboidMac mini
Details:Uses a tiny and elegant 6.5 inch wide, 6.5 inch deep, and 2 inch tall case.
M9686LL/A*Mac mini
Details:M9686LL/A refers to the original configuration introduced January 11, 2005 with 256 MB of RAM, and M9686LL/B refers to the configuration introduced July 26, 2005 with 512 MB of RAM. Otherwise the systems are identical.
A1103 (EMC 2026)PowerMac10,1
Details:Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1103 Model Number, the 2026 EMC Number, and the PowerMac10,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to's Mac Identification section.
3.6V LithiumN/A
X 10.3.7 (7T11)X 10.5.8
Details:This system cannot run versions of MacOS X more recent than 10.5.8.
Classic Mode Only*Emulation Only
Details:*This model is capable of using Mac OS 9 applications within the Mac OS X "Classic" environment provided with Mac OS X 10.4.11 "Tiger" and lower ("Classic" is not supported starting with Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"). It cannot boot into Mac OS 9.

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
2.0 x 6.5 x 6.52.9 lbs. (1.32 kg)
Details:In inches - height by width by depth, (5.08 cm, 16.51 cm, 16.51 cm).
Details:Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).