iMac aluminum not without extreme…

Presentation of the new design of the iMac and its new model, Steve opened the Mac Special Event. And he spent an hour talking about new software (iLife ’08, iWork ’08 and .Mac), the fact that sales of Macs are growing three times faster than sales…

7 August 2007 (07.08.07), Apple campus, morning. The conference space. New iMac’and that are thinner, stronger, more beautiful and more powerful. 17-inch options eliminated as a class. iMac was of durable aluminum alloy and looked like the computer of our time.

In the new iMac used the Santa Rosa chipset, designed for MacBook Pro.

Their presentation took 14 minutes with seconds, and the event continued after that for almost an hour.

From all what Steve said (alone, without assistants and guests!), will tell only about Pages and Numbers. For me 07.08.07 was a historic day: the starting day Pages (even Pages will be “she” as this program is) suited me. Me unnecessary functionality is not interfered with his work – since, for the past 11 years (only!!!) using this program.

And Numbers – the most primitive spreadsheet useful, and most useful of primitive – need no introduction. But about the compatibility with the spreadsheet I’d better not say anything (Steve promised compatibility with almost all such tables…).

And about “iisn” long told Steve, showing off the new features. Some of the shows I enjoyed – but it’s not my sandbox. Design software was… much better than the current. This is my opinion, do not insist.

If anyone is interested, here is a video, duration 01:13:52:

Design software company at the time was led by Scott Forestall. The rank of senior Vice President. When he spoke at WWDC’07, he was introduced to by another title: “Vice President, software iPhone.” After the iPhone, he became “senior Vice President of software iPhone”, while remaining in charge of the design of all software of the company.

And design “Apple of iron” was led by the senior Vice President of industrial design Jonathan Ive. And the relationship between the main designers of the company was almost hostile. They balanced each other, Steve kept tight control, and the design from Apple was the best in the world but without Steve…

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

The first part: the First Intel Mac – there are links to a series about the iMac G4 and iMac G5;
Second part: the Last “Behemoth” (eMac) and its Successor – there’s also links to a series about eMac;
Third part: Intel Core 2: and again the iMac to come…
The fourth part: Setbreak, or iMac Core 2 (IG)
Fifth part: White, middle class.
Sixth part: 24-inch iMac, was it a special operation?

iMac7,1 nicknamed Al (Aluminum)

Steve has presented three versions of the model – two 20 inch and one 24 inch, but said about the fourth option, which could turn the 24-inch version by choosing the “extreme” variant of the processor.

The total of all options: the new chipset. The clock frequency of frontal system bus 800 MHz, 64-bit EFI, any restrictions on the amount of RAM (online store offered is 1 GB basic configurations 2, 3, or 4 Gigabytes, and beyond the memory was increased to 6 Gigabytes – and iMac’and all these Gigabytes of seen).

Type of RAM: PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (667 MHz).

Upgrade of RAM is extremely simplified: it is necessary to Unscrew the only screw on the case, and nominate Board with memory banks. But get to the rest of the plumbing without higher education – in almost any way.

All variants used the same optical disc drive, 8x DL SuperDrive.

For CD unit multiplicity is equal to 150 kilobytes/s and for DVD is 1.4 MB/s.

And decipher this puzzle. SuperDrive DL (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW), and in our case it is:

writes DVD+R DL at a speed of up to 4 units expansion;
writes DVD-R and DVD+R at up to 8 expansion units;
writes DVD-RW at speeds up to 6 units of multiplicity;
writes DVD+RW at speeds up to 8 units of multiplicity;
reads DVDs at speeds up to 8 units of multiplicity;
writes CD-R at speeds up to 24 units of multiplicity;
writes CD-RW at speeds up to 16 units of multiplicity;
read CD speeds up to 24 units of multiplicity.

Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11 n) and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.

The modem only external Apple USB modem for $ 49. Gigabit Ethernet.

The new keyboard with two USB 2.0 connectors. Three USB 2.0 ports on the body. By Apple their 5.

FW 400 and, for the first time in Mas – FW 800.

Graphics and screens

In the cheapest option – the ATI Radeon 2400XT 128 MB GDDR3 SDRAM, ATI Radeon 2600 PRO c 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM.

External digital monitor up to 1920×1200, analog – to 2048х1563.

Screens – 20 – and 24-inch (50.8 and 61 cm).

The native resolution of a 20 inch screen 1680×1050, the maximum brightness of 290 CD/m2, 800:1 contrast ratio.

The native resolution 24 inch – 1920 x 1200, 385 CD/m2, 750:1.


We assume that the options are four:

20-inch Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz (T7300), or 20/2,0, 1 $ 199;
20-inch Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz (T7700), or 20/2,4, 1 $ 499;
24-inch Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz (T7700), or 24/2,4, 1 799 dollars;
24-inch Intel Core 2 Extreme 2.8 GHz (X7900), or 24/2,8, 2 for $ 299.

For the Extreme option in the online store was not provided with the basic configuration, for its acquisition it was necessary to choose the Intel Core 2 Extreme 2.8 GHz (X7900), but dealers in the directories he was listed, and it differed from the basic 24-inch configuration (amount of RAM, by default, it was 2 GB instead of 1 GB in the other options).

Hard disk drive in “extreme” option (24/2,8) – 500 GB (7 200 rpm), all other variants are available as an option.

That is, a 500 dollar difference in price is not only the replacement cost of the Core 2 Duo to Core 2 Extreme.

In 20/2,0 drive capacity of 250 Gigabytes, 20/2,4 and 24/2,4 – 320 GB.

All the drives – SATA 1.5 GB/s.

Geekbench 2 options gained points:

20/2,0 is 32-bit tests 2 731, 64-bit – 3 086;
20/2,4 on 32 – bit tests, 3 216, 64-bit – 3 595;
24/2,4 in 32-bit tests, 3 216, 64-bit – 3 595;
24/2,8 is 32-bit tests, 3 703, 64-bit – 4 117.

I was wondering: is not exceeded if extreme iMac performance Mac Pro Intel Xeon? No. Even the most “feeble”, with a clock frequency of processors at 2.0 GHz, typed in 32-bit tests 4023 points, and in 64-bit – 4465.

To be continued

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