Earlier this week I welcomed a new member to my pile of computers. This newest (and heaviest) system is one of the highly coveted ‘desk lamp’ iMac G4s. System specs are as follows:
- 1.25 GHz G4
- 1.25 GB RAM (post acquisition upgraded from 768 MB)
- 80 GB HDD
- 17″ (1440×900) widescreen LCD
- AirPort Extreme (added post acquisition)
So, this iMac would the penultimate G4 iMac, bested only by the similarly-equipped 20″ G4 iMac with the obvious exception of the 20″ 1680×1050 LCD display. This is the only iMac I currently own, previous iMacs were limited to the G3 15″ CRT iMacs.
With the addition of the iMac my Apple tally comes to eight:
The iMac has helped the G4 contingent make a strong showing in this random metric:
Analysis: The 68000-based Macs are going to have to greatly increase their numbers if there is any hope in rivaling the G4 or Intel Macs. The PowerPC-based Mac could conceivably form a coalition with the G4-based Macs to help push them closer to the top of the pile.
For those coveting my new iMac I’ll let you know how I obtained it and how you might: I had the good fortune to negotiate the acquisition of the iMac for the sum of an Epson photo scanner and an Epson photo printer. You don’t have a printer and/or a scanner that you’re willing to part with? You’re in luck. In a recent episode of The RetroMacCast it was made known that these G4 iMacs occasionally show up on the curb (much like my Trash Server). So, keep an eye out and you too could find yourself as fortunate as me.