iMac G4 (Early 2003): Spring Sunflowers 2003




The iMac G4 was distinguished from all other Macs by an unusual layout. The combination of practicality and originality was unusual in it: usually these qualities desperately conflict. Find such a combination – an unprecedented success! This form of existence of computer living creatures was invented by “designers from another planet”, “the planet on which designers are much better than ours”. If you do not understand, I quote what Steve Jobs said about the design of the very first iMac, in 1998, when the fate of the company hung in the balance, and Jonathan Ive and his colleagues really managed to work a miracle.

Although it is not at all the fact that iMac G4 is their merit. I rely on indirect data, and maybe I’m wrong – but for some reason it seems to me that the “Jobs lamp” is not at all in their style. Some kind of it is not “licked”, angular, unaesthetic … It resembles a desk lamp of the 20s or 30s, but the main thing – in the “Jobs lamp” there is some kind of visual understatement. And the Quince team, it is not typical.

And in too much detail Steve stopped (see the second video in the first part) on the reasons for making these technical decisions. Convincing and rational. The screen (a very vulnerable part of the design) is separated from the computer itself (from the source of heat and electromagnetic disturbances), both of these parts can be developed independently, without unnecessary restrictions. In this arrangement it would be possible, safely and comfortably, to place a monster …

At the same time, adjusting the angle of the screen for yourself is incredibly easy. The problem with him is only one: his position is constantly want to adjust, time after time, it will break the same!

Not broke. True, I played with him for a couple of hours, no more …

The layout of the iMac G3 is all in one. In one case. iMac G5 – too. And the iMac G4, although it is one inseparable device, has two shells, and between them is something arthropod like the limb of an insect. She came up with a designer from our planet … Steve Jobs?

However, it does not matter. Who invented and why – what’s the difference. That was great!

This is the second part of the Steve Jobs Lamp series (iMac G4), the previous parts are here:

First: the iMac G4, or the new dancing table lamps .

Poetic Liberties …
First, let’s deal with sunflowers. Take a closer look at the iMac G4 (I know the place where you can not only look at them, but also touch them), what do they look like? They remind me something (I don’t know what) of ancient motorcycles. Or career excavators on the steam run.

But Apple’s industrial design group, inventing a vivid and memorable image of a novelty for an advertising campaign on Jobs’s assignment, did not regret it. Apparently, the grass was too agile, or its abundance exceeded all permissible limits, but …

According to Apple, there were persistent rumors about these features of the creative process, but these were rumors, and no one was caught.

So, the designers dubbed the iMac G4 “sunflower.” Sunflower. Steve, after looking at the product, grinned – and approved. In my opinion, this is not “intentionally invented” from the series, but there really is something …

Technical rigor …

Spring sunflowers were announced … February 7, 2003.

Was spring that year particularly early? No, just sales were supposed to start in March, no intrigue – what a pity. If necessary, Steve stretched the “spring” until the end of June, explaining this with some astronomical terms, over which astrophysicists I knew laughed for a long time and with pleasure. Alas, not the case.

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

Common between them, however, was. Unique form factor. PowerPC 7455 processor with 256K cache in the second level inside.

Blocked support for the extension of the working space on an external monitor. That is, the connected monitor could not be a continuation of the main screen, which significantly reduced its usefulness. The laptop could be closed and removed out of sight, using it as a stationary desktop Mac – by connecting an external screen, an external NORMAL mouse (not everyone likes a trackpad) and a keyboard, but an iMac weighing about 10 kg …

3 USB connectors (1.1), 2 FireWire connectors (400), Ethernet 10 / 100Base-T … For January 2003 it’s pretty decent.

The operating system (10.2.6), and two slots for RAM chips. If it were not for the version of the system, it would be difficult to believe that these models came out in one day.

iMac G4 (Early 2003), 15-inch
Processor clock frequency – 800 MHz, front system bus – 100 MHz. In Geekbench 2, the model gained 412 points … Shame?

Wait for conclusions. You still do not know how much this model cost.

The basic package – 256 megabytes of RAM. PC133 SDRAM. It could be increased to 1 Gigabyte, because PC133 chips with more than 512 Megabytes simply did not exist.

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

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

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

Optical drive – 32x combo.

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

The model identifier is PowerMac4.2. Same as the very first 15-inch iMac 2002.

It was an anachronism of 1,299 dollars. Hmm …

For the money, as you know, he was not at all hopeless. On which they counted, and in this he was not mistaken. A third of the iMac G4 (Early 2003) purchased were anachronisms.

And this anachronism weighed 9.7 kg.

iMac (Early 2003), 17-inch
The processor is overclocked to 1.0 GHz, the front-side system bus is up to 133 MHz. In Geekbench 2, the model gained 539 points. For the beginning of 2003 – very worthy.

RAM in the base package – the same 256 MB. But these are “adults” and “modern” PC2100 DDR SDRAM. The maximum amount of RAM is 2 GB. PC2100 DDR SDRAM chips with a capacity of 1 GB can be purchased from the Apple online store, but outside of it you could find them for a lower price – and yes, they worked.

Disk – 80 GB, 7 200 rpm, UltraATA / 100.

The optical drive is also “cool”: 4x SuperDrive. Stationary computer, as in any way. It even had a fan, the truth is “low noise”. If it is “small,” then what is “much”? But maybe I was just “lucky” with the specimen.

Video card: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX (4x AGP) with 64 megabytes of video memory. The 17-inch screen with a resolution of 1400×900 (16:10!) Supports a few more resolutions, both 16:10 and 4: 3. The screen is not bad, yes.

There is no AirPort or Bluetooth 1.1 in the base package. They can be purchased when you buy a computer in the online store.

That’s just supported by not just the AirPort, but the AirPort Extreme, or WiFi 802.11b / g, five times faster. And in January 2003 – acutely current, modern and envious of all those who have not yet joined the ranks of its users.

Model ID PowerMac6.1, unique. It was not used for any other model.

The iMac 17 ”(Early 2003) cost $ 1,799, weighed 10.4 kg, and sold better than hot cakes during times of total shortage.


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