iMac G5

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Apple iMac G5

Introduced in September 2004 it was another complete redesign of the iMac casing, the iMac G5 had all computer components set behind the screen instead of inside a base like the iMac G4.

Description

This iMac was Apple's first "consumer" Mac with a G5 processor. This change made the iMac more powerful than Apple's PowerBook G4 laptop line, which still used the G4 chip. In addition to this, the new iMac had one more FireWire port then the iMac G4 before it, but had the same amount of Video RAM, 64 MB, which was later increased with the release the Rev B iMac G5. Also, the iMac G5 lost a substantial amount of weight when it moved away from the heavy base that the G4 needed to hold up the screen.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth were both still options to add to the iMac G5.

Specifications

  • 17" at 1.6 GHz G5 with Combo Drive and 256 MB RAM
  • 17" at 1.8 GHz G5 with Super Drive and 256 MB RAM
  • 20" at 1.8 GHz with Super Drive and 256 MB RAM

Software

Notes

Apple iMac G5 (Ambient Light Sensor)

Introduced May 2005.

Description

This iMac G5 (Ambient Light Sensor) was just a minor speed bump from the first generation iMac G5. The only real improvement, besides the processor bump, was the graphics card. The card was bumped up to 128 MB of memory. Bluetooth and airport became stock features.

Specifications

  • 17" at 1.8 GHz G5 with Combo Drive and 512 MB RAM
  • 17" at 2.0 GHz G5 with Super Drive and 512 MB RAM
  • 20" at 2.0 GHz G5 with Super Drive and 512 MB RAM

Software

  • Default Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) software included
  • iLife '05
  • Microsoft Office Test Drive

Notes

This was the first computer announced to be shipping with Tiger.

Apple iMac G5 with iSight (2005)

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Introduced October 2005.

Description

This iMac G5 is the first to include an iSight camera and a remote control. A revised screen to allow for greater viewing angles was another welcome addition to this apparent 'family room' Mac. This iMac also received an updated graphics card, allowing decent performance in video games.

Specifications

  • 17" with 1.9 GHz G5 - $1599 CAD, $1299 USD
  • 20" with 2.1 GHz G5 - $1999 CAD, $1699 USD

Software

Notes

  • Despite only being marginally thinner than previous iMac G5 models, this revision appears and feels much lighter. The difference is quite noticeable.


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