24-inch iMac, was it a special operation?

It was an event: iMac 24-inch diagonal screen, the most advanced at that time, Intel Core 2, with a very attractive technical data – but the circumstances of his birth are somewhat suspicious. In late 2006, Apple had something to hide. One project important to the future of the company and are very sensitive to leaks, has entered the last phase. In January 2007 it will be announced publicly, you probably already guessed that this is for a project…

In August 2006, several sites specializing in the dissemination of rumors about Apple, has information about an imminent update of two product lines: the Mac mini and iMac. First, though, was to become the first Mac AMI announced just a month before Intel Core 2 Duo, and the iMac lineup was expected appearance a 23-inch “monster” on the same Intel Core 2 Duo.

To start introducing Intel Core 2 Mac mini was illogical – but this is Apple, which neither logic nor common sense (for thinking people) is not a decree.

In a spy novel describes an effective method for detecting channel leaks: to those who may be involved in the unauthorized disclosure of information about developments and plans of the company, communicated with the characteristic inaccuracies. The rest is simple: inaccuracies in published information indicate who…

Assumption, nothing more. Perhaps the authors of auditory sites and really just guessed. Mac mini Intel Core 2 was already in operation, Apple Cinema HD Display with a diagonal of 23 inches looked a lot like the iMac, and the idea that it would be nice to get one iMac could come to someone in the head.

But somehow all too successfully almost coincided…

This is a continuation of a series about the iMac on Intel, the previous parts are here:

The first part: the First Intel Mac – there are links to a series about the iMac G4 and iMac G5;
Second part: the Last “Behemoth” (eMac) and its Successor – there’s also links to a series about eMac;
Third part: Intel Core 2: and again the iMac to come…
The fourth part: Setbreak, or iMac Core 2 (IG)
Fifth part: White, middle class.

Shock – it’s in our

Apple’s always waiting (waiting?) something extraordinary, something to shock the audience with her very easy, but a 24-inch computer all-in-one for quite inexpensive price, the audience shocked.

Screen with a diagonal of 24 inches. Actually, in the product line of Apple were monitors with 30-inch screen, but the computer is built around an LCD of this size yet no one was.

In essence he was a “monster”, “monster” – but he is so natural and elegant look that these epithets did not stick. And it weighed only 11 kilograms and 200 grams, and was slightly larger than Apple Cinema HD Display.

By the way, Apple Cinema HD screen, this iMac had a lot in common.

24-inch new iMac screen was the same resolution (1920×1200), the same brightness (400 CD/sq. m) and the same contrast ratio (700:1), that of the last modification of the Apple Cinema HD. Naturally, this maximum value of brightness and contrast, they are governed by the user, but the fact that they (both iMac 24” and Apple Cinema HD Display) was a bright and contrast – it’s a fact.

I managed to spend a few days with the combination of the both, unfortunately strangers left the best impressions. When two displays side by side, always at hand, and code, and working application, and page C, and no tightness is good.

But the screen was only the most visible external feature of the new iMac. The main thing was still inside. Everything he did was fast. Much faster than my MacBook Pro…

Technical data

The model identifier is iMac6,1. That is, the model was developed separately.

Officially, basic configuration 24-inch iMac had only one: Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a clock speed of 2.16 GHz (T7400). 4 MB second level cache, processor frequency of frontal system bus – 667 MHz, like all 20-inch model.

EFI 32-bit.

Operative memory – 2 slots, max you can install 4 GB, but according to Apple, the maximum RAM is 3 GB. When you install 4 GB, the system actually “sees” – but curious, in spite of the warning, Apple installed a extra Gigabytes, discovered that invisible memory still speeds up the applications that depend on RAM.

Memory – PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (SO-DIMM), basic package of 1 Gigabyte. 3 Gigabytes to install at its own expense, in the online store during the ordering computer.

If you put an upgrade of RAM, it would cost more expensive: the base package occupied both slots (2 chip of 512 Megabytes).

The differences from all the other iMac models can be traced most clearly in terms of graphics support. The basic kit NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT with 128 MB GDDR3 SDRAM. But, for $ 75, you can install 256 MB. That’s not all: for $ 125, instead of the NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT, it was possible to install NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT with 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM.

Hard disk – 250 GB, 7200 rpm, SATA with speed of 1.5 Gigabit/s.

Optical drive – DL SuperDrive, with the same multiplicities, that 17 and 20 inch iMac model iMac5,1. x2,4/x8/x4/x8/x24/x16/x24.

Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR. Modem – external Apple USB modem for $ 49.

Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000Base-T).

3 USB 2.0, according to Apple, there are two USB 1.1 ports on the keyboard.

1 FW 400 1 FW 800.

It seems that the design of the 24-inch iMac, in all that determines the performance, the same as her 17 – and 20-inch “peers” (computers that came in the same day), but in tests Geekbench 2 c iMac 24-inch screen scored less points than its 20 inch counterpart with the same processor: 32-bit tests 2 852 (20-inch 2863), 64-bit – 3 173 (20-inch – 3 203). A bit – but still, why?

Operating system support: all the same, that of the iMac5,1.

Options

Instead of a processor with a clock speed of 2.16 GHz (T7400), when ordering an iMac, you could choose a T7600 with clock speed of 2.33 GHz. Cost is only $ 250.

The results of the tests with a 2.33 GHz unknown. They should be about the same, one hundred and iMac5,1 with this processor (32-bit tests – 3 035, 64-bit – 3 469), but judging by how different the tests are for the standard configuration, the scores would be a little less.

Standard in the base configuration cost 1 $ 999 (the audience expect that it will cost from 1 999 to $ 2199, that’s pretty close).

Option in the basic configuration with processor with a clock frequency of 2.33 GHz was worth 2 $ 249.

To be continued

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