The experts were wrong: the second, and not counting the Xserve for Mac, the latest type Macs where Apple used the PowerPC G5 was not PowerBook. They became the most domestic of all domestic desktop computers in the world, the iMac. In the beginning life was much more interesting: Apple didn’t miss the opportunity to make fun of the expert community, to violate the laws of physics and amaze everyone. Apple to incriminate the violation of the laws is difficult, and violation of the laws of physics, as you know, was an illusion, and the draw for it was impossible in principle. As it is, I imagine the process of “Physics vs Apple”, prosecutors, lawyers, press coverage…

IMac G5 to the Apple-inspired items with the character: remember the flying saucer AirPort Base Station or a dancing lamp jobs ‘ iMac G4. But now the inspiration was the Apple Cinema Display, their own creation. Happened, too.

But the main characters, if not one circumstance, would be engineers. If not for their willpower and ingenuity, sculpture Apple Cinema Display with an exceptionally warm heart inside melted would be on the desks of users. Exaggerating, but the G5 actually came for “the thinnest desktop in the world” is less likely.

In reality, the main character was the iMac G5, its code name was Hero. That is, the “Hero”. In memory occurs stubborn kid in the cap with that word, pulling the rope Board-the ship against the current.

The question arises: why all this? Was it worth household (and educational) computer of these efforts and costs? Who needed this heroism? And anyway, what’s the meaning of life?

However, the same question could be asked Apple about almost each of her creations that changed the world beyond recognition. But what this led to – that’s another story.

Last day of summer 2004, Paris

The most amazing computer of its time was presented to the public in Paris.

Presentation of new products outside of the United States of Apple has surprised nobody. And even in Paris they had been introduced – but this time, I think, to come up with a better place for this “perversion” was impossible.

This city has some mystery and charm. Not sure what is the capital of design, but something like this – exactly.

the iMac G5 was presented by Phil Schiller. Steve was “on sick leave”, with the company eyeing Tim cook.

Well. Simple and artistic – but not Steve.

The first generation iMac G5


This computer was beautiful, inside and out. Comfortable, friendly, quiet (which is generally beyond common sense – inside the PowerPC G5!), but to focus on the complexity and impossibility of this computer did not.

the iMac G5 was the epitome of ease, elegance and perfection.

And compared to the “lamps of Steve jobs”, all versions of the iMac G5 was more productive and much cheaper. In my memory a Apple product called “cult”, this is one of them – what, in this case it is absolutely deserved definition.

The first model (model ID – PowerMac8,1) is available in three retail versions, and several versions for educational institutions. About options we will discuss later, while we deal with the peculiarities of this model at all.

The PowerPC 970 processor, cache of the second level in volume of 512 K. the Clock speed FSB (front system bus) was equal to one third of the CPU clock.

Type of RAM – PC3200 DDR SDRAM.

In the base set all the options the RAM was 256 Megabytes, which is not very fair: Mac OS 10.3.5 demanded more. Online store the amount of memory can be increased up to 2 Gigabytes. Those who wanted to save money, recommended to install in both slots for the RAM chips with the same volume. Not required, please note! Even condescended to explain: to performance reasons.

All variants used the same video card: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra (AGP x8), with 64 MB of video memory. To increase the amount of graphics memory was not.

Due to traditional artificial lock, external monitor did not support the extended mode of the workspace – however, in the case of the iMac G5 is especially one and was not interested. If necessary, a small change in the Firmware script has removed these spells.

Interface of hard disk drives – Serial ATA (SATA), with a data transfer rate of 1.5 Gigabits per second. The rotational speed of all drives offered in the online Apple store for iMac G5 was 7 200 Rev/min.

In the G5 iMac model ID PowerMac8,1 had two expansion slots. AP and BL. To connect AirPort Extreme (WiFi 802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth 1.1, for an additional fee.

Ethernet 10/100Base-T, 3 port USB 2.0 2 port FW 400… Modem 56k V. 92.

In “the thin enclosure of the desktop computer in the world” is the real home computer from Apple, which desperately wanted to take over…

Three and a half variant of the Hero home Appliances

In the online Apple store “for all”, buyers were offered three options for the iMac G5 first generation. In addition, the online store for education institutions offered a few more options, with the educational discount.

To buy in the store could only educational institutions: neither the student nor the student, nor even a faculty – only properly confirmed the status of schools, colleges and universities. In this store you can easily save on the modem and the optical drive: they were not included in the basic package.

The number of educational options is not known, most likely they, too, were three.

Go back to the store for normal buyers.

The cheapest option, with a clock frequency of the processor 1.6 GHz with a clock frequency of frontal system bus at 533 MHz and with a screen diagonal of 17 inches (43.2 cm).

Hard drive capacity of 80 Gigabytes (in the online shop predlagali drives 160 and 250 Gigabytes), main screen resolution is 1440h900 the external monitor up to 1024×768.

Optical drive – 8x Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW).

Geekbench 2 scored 842 points, cost…

1 $ 299. Without taxes and other fees – but in any case, the price received as…

The middle option, with the same screen and 1.8 GHz (bus clock rate 600 MHz).

4x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW).

80 Gig hard drive.

985 points in Geekbench 2, 1 $ 499.

The most expensive option, with a screen of 20 inches (50.8 cm) and with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz processor and front system bus 600 MHz offered in the online store with a hard drive capacity of 160 Gigabytes.

4x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW), 985 points in Geekbench 2, 1 899 dollars.

Screen resolution (native) – 1680×1050. The maximum resolution of an external monitor – same 1024×768. In other words, “you don’t have to.”

To be continued