iMac (Mid 2009). the iMac is not for everyone…

In the online shop for all this iMac is not sold. About it almost no one knew anything, but nothing particularly exclusive in its configuration was not. On the contrary. It was a iMac for educational institutions. For organizations with this status officially: school districts, colleges, universities, and the like. This sphere of life is strictly regulated: in order to obtain this status, the organization must meet a variety of requirements. Strangers do not go here. Apple was one of the pioneers of the educational computer market since the Apple II. The history of the company in this field – a topic for another story. The explanation of this obvious concern: Apple genuinely cares about the younger generation. Well, benefits, tax. Subject to certain conditions. It is also advantageous.

All these organizations had to learn about iMac (Mid 2009), they got their channels directly. Until April 7, 2009 educational institutions were offered 17-inch iMac white polycarbonate with Intel GMA 950, 2006.

For three years, the industry has experienced several revolutions, but they passed: “school” iMac has not changed. He coped with the assigned tasks, every year the population of the archaic 17-Dujmovic increased. And, if you do not consider the opinion of IT-schnick school districts, consumers are satisfied. Cheap and reliable, and on the background of preserved Apple II and Macintosh LC is more modern. However, buying all of them less readily and in smaller quantities.

On the evening of 7 April 2009, for the same $ 899, educational organizations could acquire a modern, 20-inch, aluminum and meets strict environmental standards the new iMac, adapted to the harsh educational routine.

The soul great gusts happen and Apple! However…

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.
Sixth part: 24-inch iMac, was it a special operation?
Seventh part: iMac aluminum not without extreme…;
Eighth part: the iMac becomes more powerful…;
Ninth part: iMac (Early 2009): the recession has touched the Apple….

Why in 2009?

The education is great. Regardless of the motives, each making a contribution to equipping educational institutions with modern and advanced technology worthy of gratitude.

But the causes of the April updates “school” iMac in 2009, in addition to natural and decorating company with a fruit name, it could be less noble.

Just give the facts connected with the development of a new educational computer or not – I don’t know. Maybe it’s just coincidence.

Officially, Apple reported for the second fiscal quarter of 2009 (January-March) on 22 April, but the source data for this report were already known in March. Basically the data was impressive, and left a record second quarter profit and net income, with the increase in the number of sold iPhone and iPod. But there were also particular. Sales growth of Macs in comparison with the previous second quarter, was not.

When all considered, it turned out that for the period from January to March 2009, it sold 2.22 million Macs. And in 2008 for the same months of 2.29 million. 3 percent less.

The reason to understand and to clean up the tail. And then – archaic iMac, whose sales did not grow. To develop new educational iMac is easy. Apparently, it’s time.

Of course, you can refer to the recession – but sales of iPods, compared to the same quarter of 2008 has increased (by 3%, in fact, a sharp slowdown in growth, and if the iPod touch would have had to report a sharp drop in sales), and iPhone sales grew by 123%.

And something else: the 17-inch iMac (IG), sold in homeopathic quantities, was the only one in the product line of the company by the consumer 17-inch monitors, chipset-based Intel GMA 950, and outdated Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz (T5600). The smaller batch of components, the components themselves are more expensive.

In April, Steve promised to return… His health problems were more serious than he imagined, but imagine that he returned, while sales of Macs dropped. It is not good. If the problem report add report on the measures taken…

The new educational iMac

Accurate data on the sales of Apple in education no. Nevertheless, it is obvious that IT-person school districts and the like were fascinated by the novelty, and they had provided the pressure on the government could not bring results. And in may-June this iMac was a hit educational sales.

20-inch display with a brightness of 290 CD/sqm and 800:1 contrast ratio. Housing made of durable aircraft aluminum alloy. Design premium.

Chipset jointly developed by Apple and NVIDIA, with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M. The GPU is integrated, but it’s not Intel GMA 950. More economical and efficient Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz (P7350), Penryn-3M. With the second level cache 3 MB. Not enough, but 17-inch iMac (IG) of the 2006 volume was less, only 2 Megabytes.

The base configuration included only 1 GB of RAM. NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, Apple claims that with this amount of memory was taken from her only 128 MB. In fact, more.

However, if you do not reboot – that is, to keep open only one or two applications and a minimum of open Windows, Mac OS 10.5.6 behaved quite sanity.

Type of RAM – PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM. 2 slots. The maximum amount of RAM is 8 Gigabytes. Apple offered two options: 2 or 4 Gigabytes, for an extra charge. When 2 or more Gigabytes of RAM, GeForce 9400M automatically switched to the normal mode, and consumed him, recommended 256 Megabytes.

Screen resolution (main) – 1680×1050. On an external monitor up to 2560 x 1600. Mini DisplayPort. With support for VGA, DVI and other monitors (adapters extra).

iSight built-in AirPort Extreme supporting 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4 USB 2.0 ports (according to Apple there were 6 – including two on the keyboard), Gigabit Ethernet, SATA II (3.0 GB/s), 1 Firewire 800 port…

The default standard with the new iMac supplied keyboard without numerical part and a key “Forward Delete”. To perform this action it was necessary to press the keys “fn” and “Delete” simultaneously. However, this keyboard can be replaced on a regular, at no additional cost.

Performance, “school” iMac was comparable with other iMac’AMI the spring of 2009, the same model (ID iMac9,1), and twice surpassed his ancestor from 2006.

In our days

After some time (years 2012-2013) the educational institution began to get rid of iMac9,1. At first they tried to sell – and a miracle happened. Bought them. Increasing the RAM to 8 GB and replacing the disk, use them until now.

Officially, iMac9,1 does not support operating systems starting from 10.12 “Sierra”, but this limitation can be easily overcome. Sierra Patching Tool, High Sierra and Mojave Patching Tool Patching Tool to solve the problem. Not without side effects, the most famous of which is the AirPort Extreme stops working.

With friends like this iMac, bought almost for $ 300, works under the High Sierra. Happy with them.

To be continued

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