Major debut 2005: headless Mac

As it turned out, a common human joy of the craziest company in the world is not alien. The popularity (market share) she cares about. Assurance to the public that it is not – no more than coquetry. However, the age-old paradox, “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” definitely applies in this case: what came first, the increased interest in Mac am or Mac mini? In 2004, something changed in the atmosphere, our “toys” suddenly began to be called in the PC-shnyh colleagues more practical curiosity.

The reasons for this was clear: the iPod. If it was intended (which is likely), we underestimate the genius of Steve and his team on the order or two. In my opinion, nothing like no one else ever had done with humanity.

And PC-shnye colleagues were more likely to talk about the reasons preventing them to join our ranks: expensive, unusual, weird. As if in the minds of involved some kind of toggle switch. This effect was observed all over the world. In Cupertino, of course, was aware of this.

The decision to push the unstable equilibrium in the desired direction just hanging in the air, and to come to his outstanding genius was no longer required. But what should be computer breakthrough?

Very timely leak

Project with code name Q88 was extremely classified. Even those who took part in it, usually did not know what its essence. Technical requirements suggests the assumption of a new kind of portable Macs, almost a hybrid of the Mac and iPod. Those who were aware, “selected” mountains of subscription about nondisclosure and consent to temporary infringement of their rights (surveillance, monitoring, eavesdropping and all that).

Participation in a secret project not a right but a privilege.

But at the end of 2004, several sites specializing in Apple rumors and gossip, almost at the same time, there was a suspiciously accurate information about the “iMac’e without a head” for 499 and $ 599, with a built-in dock for iPod. The latter was written not all, but many. Of interest to the public, this detail did not cause that has determined her fate. Murky mystery…

For each of the above sites to accurate and recognizable information about that and in fact it was announced by Steve at the opening of MacWorld Expo 2005, added fictional detail. The provocation of special services Apple to identify “holes” in information security, along with learning the reaction to it?

Reaction to the news was absolutely positive and promising.

The first batch of headless iMac’s, they Q88 already crossed the U.S. border and passed through customs, when Steve came on the scene of the conference hall of the Moscone Center at 9 a.m. January 11, 2005…


On that day, except the hero of our story, was born the iPod Shuffle and iWork (from two office applications – Pages and Keynote 2).

Mac mini Steve announced after iWork and before the iPod Shuffle at the time, Kremlinologists all countries have removed a lot of useful information by analyzing the mutual arrangement of the top leaders of the USSR at the mausoleum, maybe someone can make something useful from this information…

According to Steve, it was the smallest full desktop computer in the world, and the cheapest Mac in Apple’s history. The length and width of 16.1 cm, and the height “a little more than one inch”, that is 2 inches (5.1 cm). Criticism “from the dark side”, as always, doubted the correctness of these statements, but to refute them and failed. Weighed this desktop of 1.32 kg.

The main target audience of the Mac mini were “switchers”, PC-schnick want to switch to a Mac, to the representatives of this category of users was usually in abundance peripherals like monitors, mice and keyboards… So included a Mac mini there was nothing. However, in the online Apple store, all that can be purchased, but workers still prefer to buy the periphery’s cheaper in the usual places…

What was the first Mac mini inside

PowerPC G4 (PPC 7447a), the clock frequency of frontal system bus 167 MHz type of memory PC2700 DDR SDRAM, a basic set of 256 Megabytes, but at the time of purchase of the computer (for a fee) can be raised to decent at the time Gigabytes.

Interface with drives UltraATA/100, some specs of the Mac mini he’s called PATA (Parallel ATA), with unknown purpose. The number in the denominator is the speed of data transmission in Megabits per second. Typical drives for portable computers, with a speed of 4 200 Rev/min.

Graphics card – ATI Radeon 9200 (4x AGP) with 32 MB of video memory. The maximum resolution of 1920×1200. On a single monitor; therefore, despite the low price Mac mini artificially locked modes was not in it. Technically!

Expansion slots two. The truth is the AP/BL, AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth. For an additional fee at the time of purchase, or yourself – then. The basic kit without cost.

Built-in modem (56,6 k V. 92), Ethernet 10/100Base-T, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 FW 400 port.

And increased compatibility with different types of monitors – for headless devices, it was vital.

Supplied with Mac OS 10.3.7 (one of the latest and well-refined versions of Panther).

And 8x Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW).

The model identifier PowerMac10,1.

This Board PowerBook… this type of portable computers, there is still no name, but in the history of computer technology they had happened before (Apple IIc, for example).


The first model of the first issue there were two options,. One with CPU speed of 1.25 GHz (and 714 points in Geekbench 2), the second with a clock frequency of 1.42 GHz (and 805 points).

The kit of the first option included a hard disk of 40 Gigabytes. Worth the parallelepiped of aviation metal $ 499. Without taxes and fees.

In the second set the size of the hard disk was 80 GB, it cost $ 599.

Optical disc drives in all variants – slot load.

On the day of the announcement of the last model of iBook G4

After the issuance of final and not subject to appeal PowerPC in Macs, to mitigate the financial impact, Apple has taken action… which could not fail to please the public.

26 Jul Apple radically updated its iBook G4 and made a small, but nice, changes to the Mac mini.

The amount of RAM included with all variants PowerMac10,1 increased up to 512 Megabytes. That is, “a BJ” extracted from a cubic box (with a handle on top) for the very first time in his life, and without any additional cost, could be running Mac OS X Panther.

For the first option changes at this end. It cost the same $ 499.

In a second embodiment, in addition, the basic kit to include full support for AirPort Eхtreme and Bluetooth. Basic kit cost $ 599.

In addition, to the original two options added another one, for $ 699, identical version for $ 599, in addition to the type of optical drive.

In the new version it was a SuperDrive, and (according to Apple), it was DVD±RW/CD-RW. Yes, and 4x.

To be continued

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