August 13, 2002: Apple introduces the ultimate design of its Energy Mac G4, the so-called “Mirrored Drive Doorways” mannequin.
The distinctive laptop borrows visually from the earlier “QuickSilver” G4, launched a 12 months earlier. Nonetheless, it provides a special 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: Sooner, higher, louder
The Mirror Drive Doorways G4 boasted a lot quicker elements than earlier G4 computer systems. In contrast to the QuickSilver fashions, all Mirrored Drive Doorways machines got here with twin processors, whatever the value level. At entry stage, there was a twin 867 MHz machine, adopted by twin 1 GHz and twin 1.25 GHz fashions.
The brand new Macs additionally supplied help for as much as 2GB of double knowledge price 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 in addition they might run OS 9.
Based on Apple’s press launch, the Mirrored Drive Fashions had been in a position to run “skilled functions like Adobe Photoshop as much as 90 % quicker than a 2.53GHz Pentium 4-based PC.”
These spectacular specs got here at a price, although. Macs beforehand earned a fame for operating extremely quietly. Not so with the Energy Mac G4. As an alternative, some observers referred to as it “the Wind Tunnel” as a consequence 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 velocity conduct. The replace additionally diminished high-speed fan biking when customers ran Mac OS 9.
The top of the road for the Energy Mac G4
Apple upgraded the Energy Mac G4 line as soon as extra, in 2003, though it saved the identical mirrored design. Cupertino in the end changed the Energy Mac G4 with the Energy Mac G5 in June 2003.
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