iMac (17-inch, 1.0GHz G4, Early 2003 Flat Panel)

The iMac (17-inch, 1.0GHz G4, Early 2003 Flat Panel) has its hardware housed in a hemisphere about 10 inches high, while the 17 inches flat panel TFT monitor tops it on an adjustable steel arm. The iMac (17-inch, 1.0GHz G4, Early 2003 Flat Panel) features a 1.0 GHz PowerPC 7445 (G4) processor with the AltiVec “Velocity Engine” vector processing unit, 256 MB of RAM (PC133 SDRAM), a 80.0 GB Ultra ATA/66 hard drive (7200 RPM), a tray-loading 4X “Super Drive”, and NVIDIA GeForce4 MX graphics with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM (AGP 2X support). The fanless cooling is replaced with an internal fan. The internal speakers are swapped for the external optional ones. The model was available with Apple Keyboard and Apple Mouse. The pre-installed OS is MacOS X 10.2.3.

iMac (17-inch, 1.0GHz G4, Early 2003 Flat Panel)

  • Introduced on February 4, 2003.


  • Processor Speed: 800 MHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 32-bit.
  • Processor type: PowerPC “Apollo 6” G4 (7445).
  • Cores: 1.
  • On-Board Ram: 256 MB.
  • Video: 17” TFT LCD, 1024 × 768 pixels resolution, viewing angle: 120° horizontal and 90° degrees vertical.
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 2 MX with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM.
  • Storage: 80 GB, 7200-rpm Ultra ATA-66 up to 128 GB Hard Drive Supported.
  • Input\Output: 3x USB 1.1, 2x Firewire 400, built-in microphone, audio out, Apple Pro Speakers mini-jack, Mini-VGA video out.
  • Optical drive: 32X “Combo” drive.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: Optional 11 Mbit/s AirPort Extreme 802.11b \ 802.11g (adapter required), 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, 56k V.90 modem 4 Mbit/s.
  • OS: Preinstalled OS: 10.2 “Jaguar”. OS max. upgrade: 10.5 “Leopard”.
  • Dimensions: 13.03 x 16.7 x 10.6 inch maximum.
  • Weight: 22.8 lb.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Model No: M6498 (EMC 1956).

Apple Order number: M8935LL/A.

Discontinued: September 8, 2003.

Price: $1299.


  • Users reported some problems with external AirPort Extreme, for it couldn’t find linksys.
  • Listen to Music: In the manual for its iMac G4/1.0 17 Inch (Flat Panel 2003), Apple explained how it was possible to listen to music on your computer or on the go!:

Use iTunes to Create a Library of Music and Make Your Own CDs!

  • Library: Your collection of songs, imported from your own audio CDs or downloaded from the Internet. Easily browse or search for music.
  • Radio Tuner: Choose from hundreds of Internet radio stations – jazz, rock, talk, and more.
  • Audio CDs: Play an audio CD on your computer. Import songs to your Library to play them without the CD.
  • Burn CDs: Make your own audio CDs that play in standard CD players.
  • Playlists: Make personalized playlists using songs from your Library. Arrange your music by mood, artist, genre, or however you like.
  • Equalizer: Adjust the sound to your tastes using the 10-band EQ with 22 presets.

To learn more about iTunes, see iTunes Help, available in the Help menu.

If you have an iPod, you can transfer up to one thousand songs for listening on the go:

  1. Connect iPod using the FireWire cable included with iPod. iTunes automatically transfers your music Library to iPod.
  2. Unplug iPod.
  3. Browse for a song on iPod and press the Play button.

Using iMovie on Your iMac

You can make your own movie or watch a movie on DVD. Use iMovie to edit video from a digital video camera.

  • Shoot video with a digital video camera. Then connect the camera using a 6-pin to 4-pin FireWire cable and
    import your clips.
  • iMovie monitor: Preview your movie or view video from a connected DV camera.
  • Viewers: Click the clip viewer (eye tab) to edit and place clips. Click the timeline viewer (clock tab) to edit sound.
  • You can export your finished movie to a tape in your DV camera or to a QuickTime file.
  • Shelf: Clips appear here when you import them. Move clips to the viewer to make them part of your movie.
  • Editing buttons: Click to open panels for adjusting and selecting sounds, video effects, titles, and transitions.
  • Playback controls: Use these to play the movie in the iMovie monitor. Click the Play Full Screen button to use the entire screen.

Apple’s guidelines about a Combo drive were exhaustive:  Your computer has a Combo drive or SuperDrive, you can watch DVD movies, for this:

  1. Insert a DVD video disc. DVD Player opens automatically.
  2. Use the controller to play the movie or see the DVD’s special features.

To use the whole screen to watch the movie, choose Enter Full Screen from the Video menu.

Make your own Hollywood-style DVDs – If your computer has a SuperDrive, you can create DVDs using iDVD. Your finished DVD will play in almost any home DVD player:

  1. Import and edit movies using iMovie. Then export to an iDVD movie file.
  2. In iDVD, choose a menu theme and drag your movies to the iDVD window.
  3. Customize your menus and buttons to look the way you want.
  4. Insert a blank DVD-R disc and click Burn.

Apple suggested that with iDVD you can make your DVD look exactly the way you want:

  • Themes: Choose a background for your DVD from the included themes, or make your own theme.
  • Multiple menus: Click the Folder button to add multiple DVD menus.
  • Slideshow: Click Slideshow and drag still pictures to iDVD. Your DVD can hold thousands of pictures.
  • Burn: Insert a blank DVD-R disc and click Burn. You can work on your computer while the DVD is being created in the background.
  • Movies: To add a movie, simply drag it to iDVD. You can use movies you created in iMovie.
  • Preview: Click Preview to see what your DVD will look like.


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  • iMac (17-inch, 1.0GHz G4, Early 2003 Flat Panel) has its hardware housed in a hemisphere about 10 inches high, while the 15” flat panel TFT monitor tops it on an adjustable steel arm.


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  • One of the oldests iMacs, they have museum value now, nobody uses them as working machines. Flat panel was a new word in technology in 2003.

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