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Apple’s G4 Cube

Steve Jobs introduced the G4 Cube (officially called the Power Macintosh G4 Cube) systems on July 20, 2000 at MacWorld Expo New York. The G4 Cube introduces a new, approximately 8-inch square form factor to Apple's product line.


What they don’t have (compared to a G4 minitower)

Standard configuration

The standard configuration, available at the Computer Connection, is:

Technical issues & recommendations

Please note that digital monitors other than the current Apple Studio Displays will not work with the G4 cube. Apple and various third parties have promised an adaptor, but pricing and specifications are not yet available.

Aside from the incompatibility with digital monitors, ISC does not expect there to be significant hardware-related compatibility problems with the G4 Cube. However, the G4 Cube will have the same software-related conflicts that any Mac OS 9.x workstation would have.

ISC has tested the G4 Cube for compatibility with University supported hardware and software, including the PennConnect 2000 CD-ROM. Special attention was paid to dial-up networking and modem functionality, which was tested using a slightly modified version of ISC’s modem testing script.

These workstations meet all of ISC’s desktop recommendations for Macintoshes, with the addition of extra RAM and an external Zip drive. As always, support providers should be aware of the technical issues associated with any new workstation design.

--John Mulhern III, IT Project Leader, ISC Provider Desk

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