iMac G4 (Early 2003): spring sunflowers 2003

the iMac G4 is distinguished from all other Macs is an unusual layout. It was an unusual combination of practicality and originality: these qualities are usually desperate conflict. To find such a combination – an unprecedented success! This form of existence, computer animals came up with “designers from another planet”, “planet where the designers are doing much better than us.” If you do not understand, and I quote said by Steve jobs about the design of the first iMac, in 1998, when the fate of the company hung in the balance, but Jonathan Ive with colleagues can really do wonders.

Although not the fact that the iMac G4 – to their credit. Based on indirect evidence, and perhaps I’m wrong – but somehow it seems to me that the “lamp jobs” not in their style. It clean, angular, and ugly… Like a table lamp 20-ies or 30-ies, but most importantly – in the “lamp jobs” has a kind of visual innuendo. A Quince she’s unusual.

And too much Steve stayed (see the second video in the first part) on reasons for the adoption of these technical solutions. Convincingly and efficiently. Screen (a very vulnerable part of the structure) is separated from the actual computer (from the heat source and electromagnetic perturbations), these two parts can be developed independently, without unnecessary restrictions. In this layout it would be possible, safe, and comfortable, place the monster…

In this case, adjust the screen angle for yourself – incredibly easy. The problem with him is that his position always want to configure, over and over again, break!

Not broken. However, I played with him a couple of hours.

The layout of the iMac G3 all in one. In a single case. iMac G5 – too. And iMac G4, though it is one inseparable device, two housings, and between them – something arthropod, as the limb of an insect. It came up with the designer with our planet… Steve jobs?

However, it doesn’t matter. Who came up with and why – what’s the difference. It was great!

This is the second part of the series about “the Lamp of Steve jobs” (iMac G4), the previous parts are here:

First: iMac G4, or a new dance of table lamps.

Poetic license…

First, let’s deal with the sunflowers. Take a closer look to the iMac G4 (I know a place where they can not only see but also touch), what they look like? To me they are something (don’t know what) reminded of the ancient motorcycles. Or mining shovels steam on the go.

But a group of industrial design at Apple, coming up with vivid and memorable image of the new advertising campaign by order of the jobs themselves have not regretted. Apparently the grass was too strong, or its abundance exceeds all limits, but…

According to Apple, there were rumors about the features of the creative process, but that was the rumor, and no one was never caught.

So, the designers have dubbed the iMac G4 “sunflower”. Sunflower. Steve, looking at the product, smiled and approved. In my opinion, this is a series of “purposely not think”, but there really is something there…

Technical rigor…

Spring sunflowers was declared a… 7 Feb 2003.

Spring that year was especially early? No, just the sale was supposed to start in March, no intrigue – which is a pity. If necessary, Steve stretched spring until the end of June, explaining that some of astronomical terms what I know of astrophysics long and happy laughed. Alas, not the case.

Spring sunflowers are two models, very different from one another, as if they were not from the same time. That they are different computers even to say it.

Common between them, however, was. Unique form factor. PowerPC 7455 c 256K second level cache inside.

Blocked mode support expansion of the working space of an external monitor. That is, the connected monitor could not be a continuation of the main screen, which significantly reduces its usefulness. Laptop can be closed and removed from sight, using it as a stationary desktop Mac om – connecting it to external screen, external NORMAL mouse (don’t like a trackpad) and keyboard, but the iMac, weighing about 10 kg…

3 USB (1.1), 2 FireWire (400), Ethernet 10/100Base-T… To January 2003 pretty well.

Operating system (10.2.6), and two slots for RAM. If no version of the system, to believe that these models came in one day would be… difficult.

iMac G4 (Early 2003), 15-inch

Processor frequency – 800 MHz front system bus is 100 MHz. In Geekbench 2 the model scored 412 points… Shame?

Wait to draw conclusions. You still don’t know how much this model cost.

In the base – 256 Megabytes of RAM. PC133 SDRAM. To increase it can be up to 1 Gigabyte, because chips PC133 more than 512 Megabytes are simply not there.

NVIDIA GeForce2 MX (2x AGP) with 32 MB of video memory.

Screen resolution (native is 1024×768, besides 800×600 and 640×480).

Hard disk capacity of 60 GB, 7 200 rpm, but UltraATA/66.

Optical drive 32x Combo.

AirPort Ready. Not AirPort Extreme, just AirPort. 802.11/b. The card is purchased at their own expense.

The model ID is PowerMac4,2. Same as the first 15-inch iMac 2002.

Cost is an anachronism 1 $ 299. Hmm…

For the money, as you know, he was just hopeless. To that calculated, and in this he was not mistaken. A third purchased an iMac G4 (Early 2003) were anachronisms.

And weighed this anachronism of 9.7 kg.

iMac (Early 2003), 17-inch

CPU overclocked to 1.0 GHz front system bus up to 133 MHz. In Geekbench 2 the model scored 539 points. For the beginning of 2003 – a very worthy.

RAM in the base set – the same 256 Megabytes. But it “adult” and “modern” PC2100 DDR SDRAM. The maximum amount of RAM is 2 GB. Chips PC2100 DDR SDRAM capacity 1 GB can be purchased at the online Apple store, but outside you could find them at a lower price – and Yes, they worked.

The disk – 80 GB, 7 200 rpm, UltraATA/100.

Optical drive is also “cool”: 4x SuperDrive. Desktop computer, after all. It even had a fan, however “low-noise”. If it is “little” then “a lot”? But maybe I’m just “lucky” with the instance.

Video card: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX (AGP 4x) with 64MB of VRAM. The 17-inch screen with a resolution of 1400х900 (16:10!) supports even more resolutions, both 16:10 and 4:3. The screen is nice, Yes.

No AirPort, no Bluetooth 1.1 is the basic kit no. They can be purchased at the time of purchase in the online store.

That’s only supported not just the AirPort, and AirPort Extreme or Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, five times more than “speed”. And in January 2003 – urgent, modern and the envy of all who have not yet joined the ranks of its users.

The model ID PowerMac6,1, unique. It has not been used for any other model.

Cost iMac 17” (Early 2003) 1 799 dollars, weighed in at 10.4 kg, and sold better than hot cakes in times of shortages.

To be continued

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