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Archived - How to identify iMac (Flat Panel) models

Learn how to identify the various iMac models with flat panel displays.

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In January 2002, Apple introduced an iMac with a flat panel LCD display. Previous iMacs had cathode ray tube (CRT) displays. This article differentiates the various models of iMacs with flat panel displays. To identify CRT models of iMac, see document 58669.


iMac (Flat Panel)

The iMac (Flat Panel) was introduced in January 2002. Its hemispherical base and LCD display on a dynamic neck are hallmark features. This iMac has a 15-inch screen (measured diagonally from corner to corner).

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Screen size: 15 inches
USB ports: 3 USB 1.1 ports on computer, 2 USB 1.1 ports on keyboard
Processor speed: 700 MHz G4, 800 MHz G4
Marketing numbers: M8672LL/B, M7677LL/B, M8535LL/B, M9105LL/A
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iMac (17-inch Flat Panel)

The iMac (17-inch Flat Panel) was introduced in July 2002. While the base looks the same as the 15-inch iMac (Flat Panel), it has a 17-inch widescreen display (measured diagonally).

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Screen size: 17 inches
USB ports: 3 USB 1.1 ports on computer, 2 USB 1.1 ports on keyboard
Processor speed: 800 MHz G4
Marketing numbers: M8812LL/A
Technical specifications

iMac (17-inch 1GHz)

The iMac (17-inch 1GHz) was introduced in January 2003. It retains the hallmark form of the previous two models of flat panel iMac, but can be distinguished by the ports on the back, which are in a different order than previous iMacs.

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Screen size: 17 inches
USB ports: 3 USB 1.1 ports on computer, 2 USB 1.1 ports on keyboard
Processor speed: 1GHz G4
Marketing numbers: M8935LL/A
Technical specifications

iMac (USB 2.0)

The iMac (USB 2.0) was introduced in September 2003. It has similar rear ports as the iMac (17-inch 1GHz) but the USB ports are USB 2.0 instead of USB 1.1. These ports don't look any different, but Apple System Profiler will report the USB port speed.

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Screen size: 15, 17, 20 inches
USB ports: 3 USB 2.0 ports on computer, 2 USB 1.1 ports on keyboard
Processor speed: 1 GHz G4, 1.25 GHz G4
Marketing numbers: 15": M9285LL/A
17": M9168LL/A
20": M9290LL/A
Technical specifications
Last Modified: Feb 4, 2010
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