15″ iMac G4/800 MHz (February 2003)
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Appledecided to simplify the iMac lineup by offering just one 15" model andone 17" model. The new 17" model, profiledelsewhere, has a 1 GHz G4 processor, a SuperDrive, and 64 MBof video memory.
The new 15" iMac runs at 800 MHz, includes a Combo drive, and sellsfor a very competitive US$1,299. Except for CPU speed, it is configuredsimilarly to the 700 MHz Combo drive G4 iMacit replaces.
There is no build-to-order option for a SuperDrive. Unlike the new17" iMac, this model does not support AirPort Extreme or have aninternal connector for Bluetooth.
Beware Apple's specs, which claims the G4 iMac has 5 USB ports. Theyget this number by adding the three ports on the iMac to the two on thekeyboard, nicely ignoring the fact that the computer itself has onlythree ports - and the keyboard ties up a port when it's connected.
Some Leopard users have reported problems with G4 iMacs that haveGeForce2 or GeForce4 graphics. When the system wakes from sleep, the screenwill be completely white, making the computer unusable. This is fixed by
- introduced 2003.02.04 at US$1,299; replaced by 1.0 GHz model 2003.09.08
- requires Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.5.x; 10.5 not officially supported
- CPU: 800 MHz G4
- bus: 100 MHz
- performance: unknown
- RAM: 256 MB, expandable to 1 GB using one user accessible 144-pinPC133 SODIMM (up to 512 MB) and one 168-pin PC133 DIMM (also up to 512MB)
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce2 MX with AGP 2x support
- VRAM: 32 MB
- screen: 15" 1024 x 768 flat panel display
- video out: Mini VGA port for video mirroring, requires VGAadapter
- L2 cache: 256 KB on-chip cache running at full CPU speed
- hard drive: 60 GB Ultra ATA drive
- Combo drive: 8x DVD read, 32x CD-R write, 10x CD-RW write, 32x CDread
- USB: 3 USB 1.1 ports
- FireWire 400: 2 ports
- modem: built-in 56 kbps modem supports v.92 standard
- ethernet: 10/100Base-T
- WiFi: 802.11b AirPort optional
- Microphone: internal
- power: 130W
- PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
- height: 12.95-20.0 in/32.9-50.9 cm
- width: 15.1 in/38.3 cm
- depth: 10.6-16.3 in/27.0-41.5 cm
- weight: 21.2 lb/9.7 kg
- Part no.: M9105
- machine ID: PowerMac4,2
- 8x SuperDriveDVD±RW upgrade, MCE Technologies, $149. 8x4x12x DVD,24x24x40x CD. 2 MB buffer. Must be installed by MCE or an MCEauthorized upgrade center.
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