Original Release Date: August 31, 2004
OS Shipped with: 10.3.5 and classic mode
Processor Type: G5
Processor Speeds: 1600-2100MHz
Screen Type: LCD
Screen Sizes: 17,20"
After the introduction of the 20″ iMac G4 models stunned the computing world with its sheer size, Apple decided to end the G4 model line and move on to a different design.
The introduction of the iMac G5 model line showed us a completely different design to the floating iMac G4. The new all in one screen shape has been used in all subsequent iMacs to date.
The design encapsulated the entire machine in a 2 inch thick screen. It is often mistaken for a stand alone LCD display when infact there is a powerhouse of computing contained within.
The iMac was supported by a sturdy aluminum stand that is higned to allow for tilt adjustment.
The model range started with the 17″ 1.6Ghz PPC G5 CPU. It had 256MB of PC3200 DDR Ram as standard. The optical drive on the low end model was a combo drive which in higher end models was replaced with Apples superdrive.
The top range models contained a 20″ display and a 2.1Ghz model. All models could be upgraded to a maximum of 2GB of DDR Ram.
Powering the displays was the job of the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra video card. These video cards used an 8x AGP port and contained 64MB of dedicated DDR.
USB 2.0 ports came in a threesome and 2 Fire Wire 400 ports provided high speed connections. VGA and S-Video and composite video outputs were available.
All models were AirPort Exteme Wireless ready with a option to opt for internal Bluetooth.
Speakers were now built in to all models.
The whole package weighed in at only 18.5 lbs (8.4kg)