15″ iMac G4/1 GHz (USB 2.0)
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The latest revision of the 15" flat panel iMac has a 1 GHz G4 processor, a 32x Combo drive, and 32 MB of video memory. Along with the 1.25 GHz 17" model, it is the first iMac to support USB 2.0.
The 15" 1 GHz iMac sold for the same $1,299 price as the original Bondi blue iMac did in 1998.
Some Leopard users have reported problems with G4 iMacs that have GeForce2 or GeForce4 graphics. When the system wakes from sleep, the screen will be completely white, making the computer unusable. This is fixed by Leopard Graphics Update 1.0, which requires OS X 10.5.2 or later.
- introduced 2003.09.08 at US$1,299
- requires Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.5.x
- CPU: 1 GHz G4
- bus: 167 MHz
- Geekbench 2 (Leopard): 510
- Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 509
- RAM: 256 MB, expandable to 2 GB using PC2700 (333 MHz) DDR SDRAM (officially supported to 1 GB by Apple)
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce4 MX with AGP 2x support
- VRAM: 32 MB
- screen: 15" 1024 x 768 flat panel display
- video out: Mini VGA port for video mirroring, requires VGA adapter
- L2 cache: 256 KB on-chip cache running at full CPU speed
- hard drive: 60 GB Ultra ATA drive
- Combo drive: 8x DVD read, 32x CD-R write, 10x CD-RW write, 32x CD read
- USB: 3 USB 2.0 ports
- FireWire 400: 2 ports
- modem: built-in 56 kbps modem supports v.92 standard
- ethernet: 10/100Base-T
- WiFi: 802.11b AirPort optional
- Microphone: internal
- power: 130W
- PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
- height: 12.95-20.0 in/32.9-50.9 cm
- width: 15.1 in/38.3 cm
- depth: 10.6-16.3 in/27.0-41.5 cm
- weight: 21.2 lb/9.7 kg
- Part no.: M9285
- machine ID: PowerMac6,1
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