iMac (15-inch, 700 MHz G4, Early 2002)

The iMac (15-inch, 700 MHz G4, Early 2002) design is a great departure from the previous generation. All the hardware is housed in a hemisphere about 10 inches high, while the 15” flat panel TFT monitor tops it on an adjustable steel arm. The iMac (15-inch, 700 MHz G4, Early 2002) features a 700 MHz PowerPC 7441 (G4) processor 128 MB / 256 MB of RAM (PC133 SDRAM), a 40.0 GB Ultra ATA/66 hard drive (5400 RPM), a tray-loading CD-RW drive / DVD-ROM/CD-RW “Combo” Drive, and NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM (AGP 2X support). The new housing turns out to be very demanding. Apple engineers had had to drop the fanless cooling in the first place and opt for an internal fan. There was no place for internal speakers either, so they had been swapped for the external optional ones. They were shipped with the Combo Drive model. Both models were shipped with white Apple Pro keyboard and mouse, later named simply Apple keyboard and Apple mouse.

iMac (15-inch, 700 MHz G4, Early 2002)

  • Introduced on January 7, 2002.


  • Processor Speed: 700 MHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 32-bit.
  • Processor type: PowerPC «Voyager» G4 (7450).
  • Cores: 1.
  • On-Board Ram: 125 MB or 256 MB.
  • Video: 15″ 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: 40 GB, 5400-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: 8x DVD and 32x CD read Combo drive or 32x CD-R and 10x CD-RW write CD-RW Drive
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: Optional 11 Mbit/s AirPort 802.11b (adapter required), 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, 56k V.90 modem 4 Mbit/s.
  • OS: Preinstalled OS: 10.2 “Tiger“, MacOS 9.2. OS max. upgrade: 10.5 “Leopard”.
  • Dimensions: 12.95 x 15.1 x 10.6 inch maximum.
  • Weight: 21.3 lb.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Model No: M6498 (EMC 1873).

Apple Order number: M8672LL/A (M8672LL/B since July 17, 2002)– a CD-RW drive and 128 MB of RAM model, M7677LL/A (M7677LL/B since July 17, 2002) – a “Combo” drive and 256 MB of RAM model.

Discontinued: February 4, 2003.

Price: $1299, $1499.


  • The first iMac of generation 4 looks like Luxo Junior from the famous Pixar cartoon, so the computer was nicknamed iLamp. The external speakers have a unique adapter, so they can’t be used with any other PC.
  • The iMac G4 was shipped either with MacOS 9.2 or MacOS 10.4 “Tiger”, because the first G4 models were available at the same time as the iMacs G3 summer 2001. But the GeForce4 MX GPU seems to be incapable of Core Image rendering. This results in minor graphical issues. Widgets are introduced with no dashboard ripple effect and the Mac OS X 10.5 menu bar is opaque.
  • The processor PowerPC G4 (7450) has a unique AltiVec “Velocity Engine” vector processing unit. It was designed by Motorola for Apple and IBM, but the latter chose not to use it, for they didn’t consider the vector processing unit necessary at the moment.


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