iMac G3 Slot-Loading 350 Hz Revision A 1999

The iMac G3 slot-loading is based upon the iMac G3 D revision and got, obviously, a slot-loading optical drive, a faster processor, ATI Rage 128 VR graphics, doubled RAM, an AirPort wireless network card supporting 802.11b radio frequency. It features a fanless conventional cooling thus being almost noiseless in operation. It is available only In one color – Blueberry.

iMac G3 Slot-Loading 350 Hz Revision A 1999

Introduced on: October 5, 1999.

Specifications

  • Code name: “Kihei, P7”.
  • Processor Speed: 350 MHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 32-bit.
  • Processor type: PowerPC 750 “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 VR with 8 MB of SDRAM.
  • Storage: 6 GB, 5400-rpm ATA-3 up to 128 GB Hard Drive Supported.
  • Input\Output: 2x USB 1.1, 2x Headphone mini-jacks, analog audio input mini-jack, built-in stereo speakers
  • Optical drive: 24x CD-ROM.
  • 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: 8.1. OS max. upgrade: 10.3.9, 10.3.5.
  • Dimensions: 15.0 x 15.0 x 17 inch.
  • Weight: 34.7 lb
  • Colors: Blueberry.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Model No: M5521 (EMC 1821). Apple Order number: M7469LL/A.

Discontinued: July 19, 2000.

Price: $999.

Miscellanea

  • The iMac is not DIY upgrade-friendly. The upgrade is left to Apple engineers and any upgrade means a new revision of the same iMac whether it features a video card, a larger hard drive or more RAM on-board. So, save for the above mentioned parts the hardware remained the same.
  • Slot-loading CD-ROM may give a computer a sleeker design, but it’s not user friendly because loading an optical disc can be rather tricky. Slot-loading means you can’t hold the disk by your fingers tips as recommended and you’re bound to leave greasy prints on readable surface.
  • A few words about iMac versions: Let’s remind you that the first iMac G3 had an egg-shaped look. It had a colored plastic case. The iMac G4’s design presented a hemispherical base and an LCD monitor. The next models, that’s the iMac G5 and the Intel iMac, had the components placed behind the display on a metal base. A slim and unified design was thus born. Later models are thinner; besides, they use anodized aluminum and a glass panel over the front. In 2012, a new model is still thinner. This version of the iMac was released in November 2012 (The iMac 27-inch version was released one month later). These versions were refreshed once year later, as they were equipped with new Haswell processors, faster graphics and other options.

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