August 13, 2002: Apple unveils the ultimate face-lift for its Energy Mac G4, the so-called “Mirrored Drive Doorways” mannequin.
The distinctive-looking pc borrows visually from the earlier “QuickSilver” G4, launched a 12 months earlier. Nonetheless, it provides a unique entrance panel, with a mirrorlike end for the media drive doorways. It’s the final visible redesign of Apple’s Energy Mac G4.
Energy Mac G4 Mirrored Drive Doorways: Quicker, higher, louder
The Mirror Drive Doorways G4 boasted a lot sooner elements than earlier G4 computer systems. Not like the QuickSilver fashions, all Mirrored Drive Doorways machines got here with twin processors, whatever the worth level. At entry degree, there was a twin 867 MHz machine, adopted by twin 1 GHz and twin 1.25 GHz fashions.
The brand new Macs additionally supplied assist for as much as 2GB of double knowledge charge RAM at 333 MHz, the business’s first ATI Radeon 9000 Professional graphics card, and storage of as much as almost half a terabyte. The computer systems shipped with Mac OS X 10.2, though additionally they might run OS 9.
Based on Apple’s press launch, the Mirrored Drive Fashions had been capable of run “skilled functions like Adobe Photoshop as much as 90 % sooner than a 2.53GHz Pentium 4-based PC.”
These spectacular specs got here at a price, although. Macs beforehand earned a status for working extremely quietly. Not so with the Energy Mac G4. As a substitute, some observers known as it “the Wind Tunnel” because of noise generated by its variable fan speeds.
After a number of months of complaints about fan noise, Apple launched a firmware replace in November 2002 that improved the pc’s fan pace habits. The replace additionally decreased high-speed fan biking when customers ran Mac OS 9.
The tip of the road for the Energy Mac G4
Apple upgraded the Energy Mac G4 line as soon as extra, in 2003, though it stored the identical mirrored design. Cupertino finally changed the Energy Mac G4 with the Energy Mac G5 in June 2003.
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