iMac (Mid 2009). iMac is not for everyone




In the online store for all this iMac is not sold. Almost no one knew anything about him, but there was nothing particularly exclusive in his configuration. Quite the contrary. It was an iMac for educational institutions. For organizations with this status officially: school districts, colleges, universities and the like. This area of ​​life is strictly regulated: to get this status, an organization must meet many requirements. Aliens do not go here. Apple has been one of the pioneers of the educational computer market since the days of Apple II. The company’s history in this area is a topic for a separate story. The motives behind this concern are obvious: Apple genuinely cares about the younger generation. Well, the benefits, tax. Under certain conditions. It is also profitable.

All that these organizations had to learn about iMac (Mid 2009), they received through their channels, directly. Until April 7, 2009, educational institutions were offered a 17-inch white polycarbonate iMac with an Intel GMA 950 graphics processor, model 2006.

In three years, several revolutions occurred in the industry, but they passed by: the “school” iMac did not change. He coped with the tasks entrusted to him, every year the population of the archaic 17-inch increased. And, if you do not take into account the opinion of IT-shnik school districts, they arranged consumers. Cheap and reliable, and against the backdrop of the surviving Apple II and Macintosh LC – also modern. True bought them less willingly and in small quantities.

On the evening of April 7, 2009, for the same $ 899, educational organizations could purchase a modern, 20-inch, aluminum and iMac that meets the strictest environmental standards, adapted to the harsh educational everyday life.

Souls have a wonderful outburst, and Apple! However…

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

First part: First Intel Mac – iMac G4 and iMac G5 series links in the same place;
The second part: The last “Behemoth” (eMac) and its Successor – there are also links to a series about eMac;
Third part: Intel Core 2: and again the iMac is ahead …
Part Four: Singer, or iMac Core 2 (IG)
The fifth part: White iMac, middle class .
Sixth: 24-inch iMac, was it a special operation?
The seventh part: iMac from aluminum and not without extreme … ;
Eighth: iMac becomes more powerful … ;
Ninth part: iMac (Early 2009): the recession also affected Apple …

Why exactly in 2009?
Education is great. Regardless of the motives, anyone making a feasible contribution to equipping educational institutions with modern and perfect technology is worthy of gratitude.

But the reasons for the April update “school” iMac in 2009, except for natural and decorating the company with a fruit name, could be less noble.

I will simply cite the facts whether they are connected with the development of a new educational computer or not – I do not know. Perhaps this is just a coincidence.

Officially, Apple reported for the second fiscal quarter of 2009 (this is January-March) on April 22, but the initial data for this report were already known in March. Basically, the data pleased, came out a record second quarter in profit and net income, with an increase in the number of sold iPhone and iPod. But there were particulars. There was no increase in sales of Macs compared to the previous second quarter.

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

The reason to understand and clean up the tails. And then – an archaic iMac, whose sales did not grow. Develop a new educational iMac is easy. Apparently, the time has come.

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

And one more thing: the 17-inch iMac (IG), sold homeopathic editions, was the only consumer in the company’s product line of 17-inch monitors, an Intel GMA 950 based chipset, and a long-obsolete Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz processor ( T5600). The smaller the lot of components, the more expensive components.

In April, Steve promised to return … His health problems turned out to be more serious than he thought, but imagine: here he is back, and Mac’s sales have fallen. Not good. If, however, add a report on the measures taken to the problem report …

New Educational iMac

There is no exact data on Apple sales in the field of education. Nevertheless, it is obvious that the IT districts of school districts and the like were fascinated by the novelty, and the pressure they exerted on the management could not fail to produce a result. And in May-June, this iMac became a hit with educational sales.

20-inch display with a brightness of 290 cd / m2 and a contrast ratio of 800: 1. Housing made of durable aviation aluminum alloy. Premium class design.

A chipset developed jointly by Apple and NVIDIA, with an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU. The graphics processor is integrated, but it is not Intel GMA 950. More economical and productive Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz (P7350), Penryn-3M. With a second-level cache of 3 megabytes. Not much, but the 17-inch iMac (IG) of 2006 had a smaller volume, only 2 megabytes.

The basic configuration included only 1 gigabyte of RAM. NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, according to Apple, with this amount of RAM, it took only 128 megabytes from it. Actually more.

However, if you do not overload the computer – that is, to keep only one or two applications open and a minimum of open windows, Mac OS 10.5.6 behaved quite sensibly.

The type of RAM is PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM. 2 slots. The maximum amount of RAM is 8 GB. Apple offered two options: 2 or 4 Gigabytes, for an additional fee. With 2 or more gigabytes of RAM, the GeForce 9400M automatically switched to normal mode and consumed 256 megabytes of recommended memory.

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

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

By default, a new non-digital keyboard and “Forward Delete” key were supplied with the new iMac. To perform this action, it was necessary to press the “fn” and “Delete” keys simultaneously. However, this keyboard could be replaced with a regular one, at no additional charge.

In terms of performance, the “school” iMac was comparable to other iMacs of spring 2009, the same model with it (with iMac9.1 identifier), and twice as high as its ancestor from 2006.

After some time (year from 2012-2013), educational institutions began to get rid of iMac9.1. At first they tried to sell them – and a miracle happened. They were bought. Increasing the amount of RAM to 8 GB and replacing the disk, they are still used.

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

With friends such iMac, bought almost for $ 300, works under High Sierra. They are satisfied.


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