17" iMac G4 - original display type?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by DewGuy1999, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    I'm looking to get a new Mac (a mini) in the near future to replace this iMac that I'm currently using (specs are in my sig) and since it's what I know, I'm using it's specs as benchmarks to measure against. I've been looking at displays/monitors (whatever you like to call them these days) and although their specs seem to exceed those of this old iMac, I don't think that they necessarily look better.

    I'm not looking for advice on which display to get or all the different variables that many people look for advice on, but I'd like to know, does anyone know for a fact, what type of display was used by Apple back in the day (it was released in February 2003) when this iMac was manufactured? Thanks.

    • Twisted nematic (TN)?
    • In-plane switching (IPS)?
    • Advanced fringe field switching (AFFS)?
    • Multi-domain vertical alignment (MVA)?
    • Patterned vertical alignment (PVA)?
    • Advanced super view (ASV)?

    The specs for the display from the Apple literature of the time are as follows:
    • Built-in 17-inch (viewable) widescreen TFT active-matrix liquid crystal display
    • Millions of colors at all resolutions
    • Typical viewing angle:120 horizontal; 90 vertical
    • Typical brightness:200 cd/m2
    • Typical contrast ratio:300:1
  2. macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I don't know absolutely for a fact, but I can pretty much guarantee that they were TN panels. IPS, PVA, etc are still expensive today, so they would have made the iMac way too expensive in 03. Plus the viewing angles kinda give it away
  3. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    Yeah, TN was my guess as well, but you know Apple (Think Different), they were doing LCDs on non-laptops quite-a-bit before other companies and at the time this iMac was US$1799, not exactly cheap. I just wonder why newer panels with better specs don't seem to look as good.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    The 17" and 15" are just a plain old TN panel. The iMac G4 20" screen on the other hand, was an IPS and looked gorgeous.

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