Apple Hardware Trivia

By David Morgenstern  |  Posted 2006-03-30 Print this article Print

: Answers"> Apple Hardware Trivia: Answers Question 7. Apples all-in-one iMacs once came in colors. Which one of these sets has a color scheme NOT used on an iMac model?
Answer: B. Flower Power, Indigo, Blue Venetian, Lime.
This is a trick question, since the correct color scheme was Blue Dalmatian, which sported a pattern of blue dots. So, its the Dalmatian of a dog, rather than the waters along the coast of Croatia. The "Bondi" of Bondi Blue in the first iMac was supposedly based on the water at the Bondi Beach in Australia. The Flower Power and Blue Dalmatian models introduced in 2001 were described as "hideous" and "retro" by some. I thought they looked better in person than in photos, especially the Flower Power model. At the same time, Apple will sometimes change the base components or even the logic board of some models, while leaving the outside (and product numbering) the same. Some iMac models were easy to discern but others were more difficult. When in doubt, there were helpful guides online that enumerated the differences. Question 8. Over the years, Apple has introduced new technologies to the notebook category. Which of the following features was not first seen on an Apple notebook? Answer: D. Battery fires Apple and other notebook vendors keep having trouble with batteries. While Apples problems with LiIon batteries for its 1995 PowerBook 5300 were widely reported, overheating is a longstanding issue. This was the first PowerPC-based notebook and had many other quality issues. However, Apple continues to be a leader in packing technologies into notebooks. The first Trackpad was found on the PowerBook 540, code-named Blackbird, which was a real advance for notebook input. (Why does my ThinkPad have that red nubben Trackpoint?) The PowerBook 1400 (introduced in 1996) was the first notebook computer with a built-in CD-ROM drive. The new Intel-based MacBook Pros big new feature is MagSafe, a magnetic power connector that can keep your notebook on the table instead of being pulled onto the floor. Question 9. The iPods click wheel technology can measure changes in position greater than: Answer: B. 1/1,000th of an inch. Apple is usually mum about the technology it uses on the iPod from Synaptics of Santa Clara, Calif. However, according to an Electronic Design article, the solid-state touch wheels "analog circuitry measures the changes in capacitance that occur as a users finger moves around the wheels surface, pinpointing the fingers location at any given moment with accuracy in excess of 1/1000th of an inch. The click wheel design has changed with each new iPod series. The site offers a visual guide to each generation of iPod, including some code names. Did the first generation really carry the code name "Dulcimer?" Next Page: Please, Please, Think Different: Answers.

David Morgenstern is Executive Editor/Special Projects of eWEEK. Previously, he served as the news editor of Ziff Davis Internet and editor for Ziff Davis' Storage Supersite.

In 'the days,' he was an award-winning editor with the heralded MacWEEK newsweekly as well as eMediaweekly, a trade publication for managers of professional digital content creation.

David has also worked on the vendor side of the industry, including companies offering professional displays and color-calibration technology, and Internet video.

He can be reached here.


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