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The First Intel Mac

23.11.2018 - Apple, iMac
The First Intel Mac

In anticipation of the next adventure, the experts tried to guess – who will be first? The popular verdict, omitting details, was “anything but iMac”. To the point! The first was he. The harsh California winter. In San Francisco +9, haze, light wind and few clouds. On 10 January 2006, Tuesday – in the conference room at Howard Street anticipation and expectation. They are not abstractions, they felt physically…

Stepnot (speech Steve, it is a word almost went to the dictionary) performs a traditional maneuver, similar to the political information in the Soviet Junior high school. Tradition.

Announcing the decision to switch to Intel, Apple was waiting for the most severe consequences – not just once or twice its leaders remembered on the accumulated reserves of liquidity, which would be sufficient to without much damage to survive the period even zero sales. The laws of nature can not be fooled. How “sunk” sales?

Subsided. Up. Sale Mac’s increased by 20%, iPods – to 207%. The results of the first quarter of fiscal 2006 (the fourth quarter of 2005 on the human calendar) has not yet been announced, a public report was scheduled for January 18 – but Steve was allowed to lift the veil of secrecy: sold 1.25 million Macs, 14 million iPod, Apple earned in the three months to 5.7 billion dollars, of which 565 million net profit.

A new record. The year before that – income on account 3.5 billion, a profit of $ 295 million. You can not hurry?

Retail stores: in January 2006 was 135, October-December 2005 that was attended by 26 million people, they have earned a billion dollars (the first time). Well done.

iTunes Music Store: 850 million songs sold. The day they sold three million, is already more than a billion songs per year. Video in the iTMS sold only three months, but the obvious success of this undertaking…

Promising to dedicate the conference Mac am, and enjoying the applause, Steve spent an hour talking about things, though specific to the Mac of am, but not about them: about iLife ‘06 (“06” is the year, but the software in the “office for everyone” also became 6, they added iWeb, it is necessary to write – not even about iWeb, but about people, absolutely seriously considered themselves “Steve jobs”), about iWork ’06 (still without Numbers) Pro Aperture and Pro Widgets, Pro Mac OS 10.4.4, and… but then stop.

The first hour of “stepnote” ended. People a bit tired, and looked at the exits. And then the miracles began…

Apple’s plans have changed…

First Intel Mac: here it is. Even they. The entire first hour, all that was shown (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, Steve, coughing and apologizing for it, personally, and in detail showed them, and inspired smaller brothers vrednye illusion), as it turned out, was shown in the serial and sales of the Intel Macs.

As predicted, Apple did not maintain the timing of the transition to Intel. In June 2005 Steve promised to finish it, “mostly”, by the end of 2007. The first Intel Mac, and he promised in June 2006. Did not work!

First Mactel (word, built by analogy with Wintel) – here it is, in January 2006. And the transition will be completed in calendar 2006. So. And here’s the deception…

Reasons to be careful in the promises in June 2005, Steve was. First, it is unknown how things will go: the task is multifaceted and non-trivial; second, the most egregious admirers Macs could create a scandal and seriously complicate the transition (attempts); thirdly – and this is the main reason – Intel Core (Solo or Duo) have not yet been finalized, and their mass is still not produced, this all too easy, and could be surprises…

The transition to the 90 nm technology was an engineering nightmare as IBM and Intel, and the technological process 65 nm was also waiting for the surprises. They didn’t happen. January 5, 2006 Intel Core Solo and Duo have officially released them, and used Apple.

Paul Otellini (head of Intel) and Steve (if you forgot Apple CEO) reported to each other about the readiness of their companies (to fly into space? No, better!), shook hands and spoke with pride the thousands of engineers Apple and Intel worked nights and weekends to make all this a reality…

One of the articles from a certain Zvirgzdina, called “Enough RISC’us!” but Intel Core inside, in the very Core, was perhaps the most RISC’with a processor in the world.

The first Intel iMac. All the same?

The First Intel Mac

Outwardly – the same iMac G5. A simple and elegant design, from designers from another planet. The same iSight camera, same place (above the screen). The same light sensor, but now control not only the brightness, but the backlight keyboard. Apple Remote, Front Raw, and the magnet on the lower right side of the iMac to fix Apple Remote.
All this can be formulated much shorter – it was all the same iMac.

Mac OS 10.4.4, iLife’06, the 30-day trial version of iWork’06 and all other software delights Macs – complete.

Within an hour Steve showed him all sorts of things – and no one even suspected that this Intel iMac. Therefore, it could not even be imagined. Everything was clear and true.

All the i-programs (one of them included Safari, Pages and Keynote), all programs, utilities and operating system were Universal Binaries with code for both architectures. Not only are they: beta version of the new Quark is also fluent in the native language of the new Macs.

Pro applications from Apple (and Microsoft) was promised in March.

App not owned x86 used the services of a “translator”, Rosetta, multi-stream and dual-core world is markedly superior to the Mixed-Mode Magic (MMM), the era of transition to PowerPC. It was just a translator, not an emulator. He was translating the PowerPC commands to commands for the x86, and immediately served them, keeping translated in the cache. A new appeal to cached worked much faster – and programs in codes the PowerPC in the process, gradually “warmed up”. Sometimes to the disappearance of appreciable difference in performance.

But the translator is a “crutch”. The difference was.

Inside the iMac Core Duo

The processor in the iMac Core Duo was 32-bit, and the iMac G5 is 64-bit. However, in the middle of the zero 64-bit applications for Mac OS X, virtually no, most of it was not required absolutely. I had to give at least one argument in favor of PowerPC. I loved them.

The identifier of the model – iMac4,1. Getting rid of POWER architecture processors, Steve decided to get rid of it in the names of the models and their IDs. And the number 4 is the ID of the first Intel iMac, most likely, indicates the generation of the iMac. It actually refers to the fourth (iMac G3, iMac G4, iMac G5 and iMac Core Duo).

Otherwise… iMac Core Duo processors with two cores on the chip, with a clock frequency of frontal system bus in 667 MHz. The second level cache common to all cores, size of 2 Megabytes.

RAM – 667 MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM. In the basic sets of options included 512 Megabytes of such memory. No requirements for the pairwise identity of memory chips: a preset memory occupied one of the two memory banks. The maximum amount is 2 Gigabytes.

PCI Express.

Graphics card – ATI Radeon X1600. For the first time in the iMac: no locks! External display, without any additional effort, supports extended desktop.

128 Megabytes of video RAM (GDDR3). The increasing size of video memory is not provided.

Interface with hard drives – Serial ATA with data transfer rate of 1.5 Gigabits/s.

The optical disc drive and the same 8x SuperDrive in the iMac G5 (iSight).

Etrhernet Gigabit (10/100/1000Base-T), 5 USB ports (3 USB 2.0 on the back side of the case, and 2 USB 1.1 on keyboard), 2 Firewire 400.

Support WiFi (802.11 a/b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR – built-in, it is part of the basic kit. For the first time in the history of Apple, supported by WiFi 802.11 a. It is true that there was a special, massively reviewers complained about the inability to check the version of the Protocol. But as you know, “better be.”

But the modem inside the iMac was not even provided. Proposed external USB modem ($49).

And Mac OS 10.4.4. Supports all versions of Mac OS X up to 10.6.8.

Mac OS 10.7 with this iMac does not work as it does not support any OpenCL or 64-bit mode. But before her as the moon.

Options

The First Intel Mac

There are two options: 17 – inch and 20-inch. The prices are the same as the iMac G5 (iSight) – 1 1 299 and $ 699.

In the base set of 17-inch option drive capacity 160 GB (7 200 rpm), the native resolution on the built-in screen – 1440h900 (16:10) on the outer (again – supports all modes) to 1900х1200 (digital), or 2048×1536 (analog).

Intel Core Duo (T2400) 1.83 GHz.

Geekbench 2 – 2 363 points. The 17-inch version of the iMac G5 (iSight) 32-bit tests – 1 090.

20-inch kit disk 250 GB (7 200 rpm), the native screen resolution of 1680×1050 (16:10) external digital up to 1920×1200, analog up to 2048×1536.

Geekbench 2 – 2 542 points. 20-inch variant of the iMac G5 (iSight) 32-bit tests – 1 180.

Intel Core Duo (T2500) processor with a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz.

To be continued

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