Problem: Behemoth (eMac), besides the last, went unnoticed and uncovered. Only when it’s time to “educational” iMac Core Duo, this gap was identified. Well, eliminate the gap – and at the same time compare educational computer, may, 2005 with the same computer July 2006. Has anything changed in 14 months and 2 days?

With Behemoth everything is clear: the model was announced on may 3, when the budget of last year I entered the most enjoyable for manufacturers of educational equipment phase immediate liquidation of the remnants. On the last day of June of any unspent funds were written off.

Given the bureaucratic procedures and total rechecking all costs in school districts, the release of new models and a half, preferably two months before the closing of the budget was the best – and here: may 3. New model. You may not believe, but in may 2005, she seemed incredibly attractive.

But with the successor to the… Egyptian darkness like it: it was announced on 5 July. A week ago, the budgets of school districts were closed, all that they had burned with a blue flame, and the new budgets have not yet been printed, should be spent with maximum caution, just in case – a whole year ahead.

Nevertheless, modification of the iMac Core Duo for education was announced this is not the right time – as if someone immensely curious wanted to know: but if so – how many will buy them in pieces?

In fact, Apple worked in emergency mode for almost a year, and no malice was not in it. Trim?

So, the Hippo and the Successor…

From the history of Hippos

On may 3, the last Hippo was announced, and entered, at the same time, conventional online store, and an online store for educational institutions.

In the section “FAQ” (Frequently asked questions original FAQ), and not only there, Apple explained the meaning of this obscure features of the store with exciting low prices: it was intended for educational organizations (in both!): for schools, school districts, colleges, universities – organizations officially registered educational status.

Neither the students nor students, nor teachers, nor even the faculties to register in this status have not had the opportunity, and make purchases in online educational store could not.

eMac, oddly enough, was very popular among ordinary customers but…

September 6, 2005, not commenting on their actions, Apple stopped sales of the eMac in the usual online store. In education they lasted until July 2006.

On 5 July they released their successor, and the story of the Hippos ended.

Inside the latest Hippo

Inside PowerMac6,4 (is the model ID of the last eMac) was 7447a PowerPC from Freescale. With a clock frequency of 1.42 MHz, with the frequency of frontal system bus of 167 MHz, the second level cache 512 K RAM PC-2700 DDR SDRAM…

The amount of RAM in the base configuration had 256 Megabytes (in the version with an 8x Combo) or 512 (with the option of a 2.4-fold 2-layer SuperDrive). Let’s call these options “256” and “512”. The maximum amount of RAM is 2 Gigabytes.

In 256 was used in the hard disk of 80 GB (7 200 rpm), UltraATA/100.

512 – 160 Gigabytes.

Graphics card – ATI Radeon 9600 with 64MB of dedicated video memory. Like 4x AGP, but no precise information.

The main screen is a cathode ray tube with a very flat-screen, 17-inch, display used a rectangle with a diagonal of 16 inches.

With the resolution of 1024×768. You can connect external, but it can output only the same as it was on the main screen. With a maximum resolution of 1280×960.

Modem integrated 56k V. 92. AirPort Extreme is supported, but for a fee. Bluetoothне supported at all in any way. Incompatible with students?

3 USB 2.0, 2 Firewire 400, Ethernet 10/100Base-T…

Compared to Intel-Mac AMI dull and gray. But in 2005 they did not exist.

Geekbench 2 – 750 points. For ordinary consumers, the option “256” cost 799 dollars, and the option of “512” is 999.

Price for educational institutions was below $ 100-150.


iMac Core Duo, 17-inch screen. Model identifier iMac4,2.

Processor – 2-core Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz (T2400), the clock frequency of frontal system bus – 667 MHz the second level cache of 2 Megabytes.

The processor installed in a ZIF connector, information about someone’s attempts to put this iMac other processors – no.

The size of the internal memory is 512 Megabytes. PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (667 MHz). 2 slots to install memory in the basic configuration, both are chips of 256 Megabytes. In the online store, the memory size can be increased to 2 Gigabytes.

Integrated graphics processor (Intel GMA 950, with all the pluses and minuses, but he at least was not worse than the ATI Radeon 9600.

This is the first iMac with integrated graphics processor.

17-inch widescreen display with a native resolution of 1440h900 (16:10). On an external monitor up to 1920×1200 (digital) or 2048×1536 (analog). And no restrictions – all modes permitted.

Hard drive – 80 GB 7 200 rpm SATA 1.5 GB/s.

Optical drive – Combo. The model was not sold through the usual channels, accurate data drive unknown Apple didn’t mention. Just DVD-ROM/CD-RW.

AirPort Extreme – built-in, Bluetooth is not supported. The modem only external Apple USB modem, 56k V. 92, for an additional fee.

3 USB 2.0, 2 Firewire 400, Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000Base-T).

Price (for ordinary buyers, which it didn’t sell) – $ 899. Between 799 and 999 two configurations of the Hippo. In the educational store price was $ 100-150 below (and Behemoth)

In Geekbench 2 the Successor gained 2327 points, and surpassed last Hippo in 3.1 times.

To be continued