The iMac G3/500 released early in 2001 stands apart from the previous G3 iterations. Not only the processor speed was increased, but also the cache memory and the VRAM. The hard drive and RAM capacity weren’t increased significantly, but the CD drive was now a writing one. So, the iMac G3/500 features a 500 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3) processor with a 256k on-chip level 2 cache, 64 MB of RAM, a 20.0 GB Ultra ATA hard drive, a slot loading 8X/4X/24X CD-RW drive, ATI Rage 128 Ultra (AGP 2X) graphics with 16 MB of VRAM and Firewire “400” ports not to mention the in-built speakers, a 15-inch CRT display and AirPort support. The iMac G3/500 is available in three colors: Indigo, Flower Power, Blue Dalmatian.
iMac G3/500 (Early 2001 – Indigo/Flower Power/Blue Dalmatian)
Introduced on: February 22, 2001.
- Code name: “Kiva”.
- Processor Speed: 500 MHz.
- Processor Architecture: 32-bit.
- Processor type: PowerPC 750cx Sidewinder “G3”.
- Cores: 1.
- On-Board Ram: 64 MB or 128 MB (Expandable to 1 GB (512 MB supported by Apple).
- Video: 15-inch (13.8-inch viewable) shadow-mask CRT screen with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
- Graphics: ATI Rage 128 Ultra (AGP 2X) video with 16 MB of VRAM.
- Storage: 10 GB, 5400-rpm ATA-3 up to 128 GB Hard Drive Supported.
- Input\Output: 2x USB 1.1, 2x FireWire 400 2x Headphone mini-jacks, Analog audio input mini-jack, Built-in stereo speakers.
- Optical drive: 4X/8X/24X CD-RW.
- Internet \ Wireless connection: Optional 11 Mbit/s AirPort 802.11b (adapter required), 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, 56k modem 4 Mbit/s, IrDA.
- OS: Preinstalled OS: 9.1. OS max. upgrade: 10.4.11.
- Dimensions: 15.0 x 15.0 x 17.1 inch.
- Weight: 34.7 lb.
- Colors: Indigo, Flower Power, Blue Dalmatian.
Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price
Model No: M5521 (EMC 1857).
Apple Order number: M7669LL/A – Indigo, M8348LL/A – Flower Power, M8347LL/A – Blue Dalmatian.
Discontinued: July 18, 2001.
- The Indigo model turned out to be the most popular one, the other two weren’t considered too “hot” after all. The new processor helped to significantly boost the iMac performance.
- Small in size but not in quality PowerPC 750cx (code name Sidewinder) has low power requirements and is a great departure from the previous 6xx family. And it was used exclusively in iMacs and iBooks revisions.