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Main debut of 2005: Headless Mac

As it turned out, the ordinary human joys of the craziest company in the world are not alien. Popularity (market share) she is not indifferent. The public’s assurances that this is not the case is nothing more than flirting. However, the eternal paradox of “what was before, the chicken or the egg?” Is equally applicable in this case: what was before, the increased interest in Macs or Mac mini? In 2004, something changed in the atmosphere, our “toys” suddenly began to arouse more practical curiosity among PC colleagues.

The reasons for this were clear: Ipod. If it was conceived (which is quite likely), we underestimate the genius of Steve and his team an order of magnitude or two. In my opinion, nobody has ever done anything like this with humanity.

And PC-shnye colleagues began to talk more often about the reasons that prevent them from joining our ranks: expensive, unusual, strange. As if in the minds of some kind of toggle switch. This effect has been observed worldwide. In Cupertino, naturally, were aware of this.

The decision to push the unstable equilibrium in the right direction just hung in the air, and to come to him an outstanding genius was no longer required. But what should a breakthrough Computer be?

Highly timely leak
The project with the code name Q88 was extremely classified. Even those who took part in it, as a rule, did not know what its essence was. Technical requirements suggested a new kind of portable Mac, almost a hybrid of Mac and iPod. Those who were in the know were “taken away” whole mountains of non-disclosure subscriptions and consent to the temporary infringement of their rights (surveillance, monitoring, eavesdropping and all that).

Participation in a secret project is not a right, but a privilege.

But at the end of 2004, on several sites specializing in “apple” rumors and gossip, almost simultaneously, suspiciously accurate information appeared about “iMac without a head,” for $ 499 and $ 599, with an integrated iPod dock. Not all have written about the latter – but many. This detail did not arouse public interest, which supposedly determined its fate. The mystery of darkness …

On each of the aforementioned sites, accurate and recognizable information about what was actually announced by Steve at the opening of the MacWorld Expo 2005 was added to the fictional detail. Provocation of special services Apple in order to identify “holes” in the protection of information, along with the study of the reaction to it?

The reaction to the news was absolutely positive and promising.

The first batch of headless iMacs, also known as Q88, already crossed the US border and passed through customs, when Steve stepped onto the stage of the Moscone Center conference room at 9 am on January 11, 2005 …

That day, besides the hero of our story, the iPod Shuffle and iWork were born (while two office programs are Pages and Keynote 2).

Mac mini Steve announced after iWork and before the iPod Shuffle – at one time, Kremlin scientists of all countries extracted a lot of useful information by analyzing the relative position of the top leaders of the USSR on the platform of the mausoleum, someone can something useful and from this information …

According to Steve, it was the smallest full-fledged desktop computer in the world, and the cheapest Mac in the entire history of Apple. The length and width is 16.1 cm, and the height is “slightly more than one inch,” that is, 2 inches (5.1 cm). Critics “from the dark side”, as always, questioned the correctness of these statements, but could not refute them. This desktop computer weighed 1.32 kg.

The main target audience of Mac mini were “switchers”, PC-shniki who want to switch to Mac – representatives of this category of users usually had plenty of peripherals like monitors, mice and keyboards … Therefore, this was not the case with the Mac mini. True, in the online Apple store, all this could be purchased, but migrants still preferred to buy peripherals cheaper, in their usual places …

What was the first Mac mini inside

PowerPC G4 (PPC 7447a), front-side system bus clock speed of 167 MHz, type of PC2700 DDR SDRAM, 256 MB in base package, but during the acquisition of the computer (for a fee) it could be raised to a decent for those times Gigabyte.

The interface with the drives is UltraATA / 100, in some specifications of the Mac mini it is called PATA (Parallel ATA), with an unknown purpose. The denominator number is the data transfer rate, in megabytes per second. Drives typical for portable computers, with a rotational speed of 4,200 rev / min.

The video card is an ATI Radeon 9200 (4x AGP) with 32 megabytes of video memory. The maximum resolution is 1920×1200. On a single monitor: therefore, despite the low price of Mac mini, there were no artificially blocked modes. Technically

Expansion slots two. True, this is AP / BL, AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth. For an additional fee at the time of purchase, or independently – then. In the basic kit without them cost.

Built-in modem (56.6k v.92), Ethernet 10 / 100Base-T, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 FW 400 port.

And the increased compatibility with the most different types of monitors – for the headless device it was vital.

It came with Mac OS 10.3.7 (one of the latest and well-licked versions of the Panther).

And 8-fold Combo (DVD-ROM / CD-RW).

Model ID of PowerMac10,1.

This is a desktop PowerBook … this type of laptop still has no name, but in the history of computer technology they have happened before (Apple IIc, for example).


The first model of the first release had two options. One with a processor clock speed of 1.25 GHz (and 714 points in Geekbench 2), the second with a clock frequency of 1.42 GHz (and 805 points).

The first version included a 40 GB hard drive. It cost this parallelepiped of aviation metal 499 dollars. No taxes and fees.

In the second set the size of the hard disk was 80 GB, it cost $ 599.

Optical disk drives in all versions – with slot-loading.

On the day of the announcement of the latest model iBook G4
After the final and non-appealable PowerPC verdict on the Macs was passed, Apple took action … which could not help but appeal to the public.

On July 26, Apple radically updated the iBook G4, and made minor, but more than pleasant, changes in the Mac mini.

The size of the RAM included in the package of all PowerMac10.1 options was increased to 512 MB. That is, the “minicar” extracted from a cubic box (with a handle at the top) at the very first moment of his life, and without any additional payments, could work under the control of Mac OS X Panther.

For the first option, the changes are over. It cost the same 499 dollars.

In the second option, in addition, the full package included full support for AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth. The basic kit cost $ 599.

In addition, one more was added to the original two options, for $ 699, identical in all to the option for $ 599, except for the type of optical drive.

In the new version it was SuperDrive, and (according to Apple), it was a DVD ± RW / CD-RW. Yes, and 4-fold.


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