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iMac Mid 2001 Datasheet

In July 2001, Apple unleashed a groundbreaking computer that would leave an indelible mark on the tech landscape – the iMac Mid 2001. The new iMac wasn’t just a computer; it was a technological marvel designed to cater to the burgeoning digital lifestyle.

With speeds reaching up to 600 MHz, slot-loading CD-RW drives, and an infusion of Apple’s next-generation operating system, Mac OS X, the iMac Summer 2001 promised an enhanced user experience. Philip Schiller, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, aptly captured the sentiment, stating, “The world’s best computer for today’s digital lifestyle just got better.”

The line boasted fast new PowerPC G3 processors, empowering users to delve into the world of digital creation and sharing. With slot-loading CD-RW drives available across the lineup and iTunes pre-installed, users could effortlessly import, compress, and organize their music. The inclusion of iMovie 2, Apple’s consumer digital video editing software, provided users with the tools to create and store digital masterpieces.

The iMac Mid 2001 continued Apple’s tradition of award-winning design with its all-in-one format featuring a built-in 15-inch high-quality display. The 1024×768 resolution and fan-less operation added to the allure, reducing noise to half that of competitive products. The iconic iMac colors – Indigo, Snow, and Graphite – further solidified its status as a style statement.

The iMac Mid 2001 wasn’t just about aesthetics; it was a connectivity powerhouse. Dual FireWire and USB ports facilitated easy connections to peripherals, including DV camcorders. The inclusion of built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and a 56K V.90 modem ensured seamless DSL and cable modem access. The collaboration with Harman Kardon for an all-digital sound system further elevated the multimedia experience.

Apple left no stone unturned in delivering value to users. The iMac Mid 2001 came bundled with a rich assortment of software, including iTunes, iMovie 2, AppleWorks, QuickTime, QuickTime VR, QuickTime Player, Quicken Deluxe 2001, Palm Desktop, FAXstf, Cro-Mag Rally, Nanosaur, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook Express, Netscape Communicator, and EarthLink TotalAccess.

The iMac Mid 2001, a member of the iMac G3 series, boasted a 500 MHz or 600 MHz PowerPC 750cx G3 processor, 64 MB to 256 MB of RAM, 20 GB or 40 GB hard drive, 24x CD-ROM or 8x CD-RW drive, and 16 MB ATI Rage 128 Ultra graphics. Available in two colors – Indigo and Snow for the 500 MHz model, and Graphite or Snow for the 600 MHz model – it aimed to cater to a broad audience.

With a starting price of $799, the iMac Summer 2001 positioned itself as an affordable and accessible personal computer for consumers. The 500 MHz model, priced at $999, and the 600 MHz model, priced at $1,299, offered varying configurations to cater to different user needs. These models were available immediately from The Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers.

As is the nature of technology, the iMac Mid 2001 had its run, being available from 2001 to 2003. Paving the way for future iMacs, it set the standard for sleek design, advanced technology, and an affordable price tag. Unfortunately, the sun set on the iMac Mid 2001 on March 18, 2003, as it made way for the iMac with a Flat Panel Display.

Despite its relatively short lifespan, the iMac Mid 2001 remains etched in Apple’s history as a game-changer. Its impact on the desktop market, coupled with its enduring design and innovative features, ensures that it will always hold a special place in the hearts of tech enthusiasts. The iMac Mid 2001 marked a pivotal moment in Apple’s journey, demonstrating its commitment to pushing boundaries and shaping the digital landscape.

As we celebrate 22 years since the introduction of the iMac Mid 2001, we pay tribute to a computer that not only transformed the way we interact with technology but also laid the foundation for the future of Apple’s desktop line.

iMacMid 2001 Snow
Source: pinterest.com – iMacMid 2001 Snow

iMac Mid 2001 Details

IntroducedJuly 18, 2001
DiscontinuedMarch 18, 2003
Model IdentifierPowerMac4,1
Model NumberM5521
Order NumberM8582LL/A (500 MHz – Indigo)
M8490LL/A (500 MHz – Snow)
M8492LL/A (600 MHz – Graphite)
M8546LL/A (600 MHz – Snow)
Original Price$799
Weight34.7 Ibs.
15.739 KG
Dimensions15” H x 15” W x 17.1” D
38.1 cm H x 38.1 cm W x 43.43 cm D

iMac G3 Summer 2001 Tech Specs


ProcessorPowerPC 750cx G3
Processor Speed500 MHz
600 MHz
Number of Cores1
System Bus100 MHz
Cache64 KB L1
256 KB backside L2
CoprocessorBuilt-in FPU

Storage & Media

Storage20 GB
40 GB
Media1 – Slot-loading 24x CD-ROM or 8x CD-RW


Built-in Memory64 MB
128 MB
256 MB
Maximum Memory1 GB
Memory Slots2 – PC-100 3.3v 168-pin SDRAM
Minimum Speed10 ns
Interleaving SupportNo


Built-in Display15″ Shadow-mask CRT Display (13.8″ viewable)
Resolutions640 x 480 at 117 Hz
800 x 600 at 95 Hz
1024 x 768 at 75 Hz


Graphics CardATI Rage 128 Ultra
Graphics Memory16 MB
Display Connection1 – VGA
Display ModesVideo mirroring only
External ResolutionN/A


Expansion SlotsNone
Optical Drive InterfaceUltra ATA (Shared with hard disk drive)
Hard Drive InterfaceUltra ATA (Shared with optical drive)


Ethernet10/100BASE-T (RJ-45)
Wi-FiAirPort Card 802.11b (Optional)
USB2 – 12 Mbps
FireWire2 – 400 Mbps (8 W total power)
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog input jack
1 – Built-in microphone
Audio Out3 – 3.5-mm analog output jack
2 – Built-in speakers
Display1 – VGA

Keyboard and Mouse

PeripheralsApple Pro Keyboard
Apple Pro Mouse


Original OSMac OS 9.1
Mac OS X 10.0.4
Later OSMac OS 9.2
Mac OS X 10.1
Mac OS X 10.1.2
Mac OS X 10.1.3
Mac OS X 10.2
Maximum OSMac OS X 10.4.11
FirmwareMac OS ROM 7.5.1
Bundled SoftwareMac OS 9.1 or Mac OS X
iMovie 2
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Microsoft Outlook Express
Netscape Communicator
Quicken Deluxe 2001
Palm Desktop
Cro-Mag Rally


Backup Battery3.6 V 850 mAh Lithium (922-4028)
Maximum Continuous Power150 W
Line Voltage100-260 V AC

Further Reading and References

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Last updated: January 28, 2024