Basic apple related question - been bugging me for a few weeks

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Heart Break Kid, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. Heart Break Kid macrumors 6502a

    Feb 13, 2003
    What does the G in G4 / G5 stand for? Its been annoying me for a while now. And while we're on the subject, the X in serve? I'm assuming the I in iLife has something to do with the internet // intergrated
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    G is for generation (i.e. PowerPC proessor generation). I don't think the X in XServe stands for anything? The i originally used in the iMac was for Internet.
  3. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    the "X" in Xserve might be tied to OS X. though that "X" is supposed to be ten...

    i- is for internet, like the prev. poster said. apple's claim when the original iMac was introduced was that it was the most internet friendly computer. it has lost much of that meaning since, though. iPod, iLife... it's now become a part of apple's branding to designate things that are generally consumer products. (as opposed to "Power" line for prosumers.)

    e- in eMac stands for education, as eMac was initially designed and offered only to educational institutions.

    G stands for generation, as far as i know and previously mentioned. it's a bit off because it starts at G3, not G1. (i think there are chips that are supposed to be G1 and G2, but they aren't referred that way..?)
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Yes, the generation.

    It was also a means (and reaction to) the naming mess that had preceded the new naming scheme for computers using the 601, 603, & 604 processors.

    Apple sold the same machines to several retail channels using different names, to allow people to say they'll price match (which couldn't be done, since you were the only ones selling that machine) and got into a bit of trouble for price fixing. :eek:

    But the naming problem wasn't the only problem, they were also selling several processors at different speeds -- but some clueless consumer (a heck of a lot of them) thought the fastest clock crunched numbers fastest.

    Wasn't true, a pro-604e at 200 MHz (or an even slower clocked dual) was faster than the consumer-603 at 225MHz -- which sold at the same time.

    So Apple fixed both the names and the MHz at the same time, to help stupid consumers better choose the right product.
  5. jazzmfk macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2003
    Jersey. Route 78, exit 24. Gotta problem with th
    back in the day...

    I think I remember reading (in the Macintosh Bible, perhaps???) about the early 68000 processors and the naming conventions at the time. There was the Mac, then the Fat Mac, then the Mac Plus. They all used 68000 processors. When they went to the 68030 for some of the faster (!) machines, they wanted a spiffy new name to highlight this new speed - so they decided to add an "x" at the end of their then current product names. The IIfx got its name that way, I think. They also had an AIO design called the Mac SE - which, by getting an '030, should have been called the SEx. They decided upon SE/30, which just seems like such a missed opportunity.

    How 'bout an ad campaign for the Mac SEx?

    What would your slogan be?
  6. millar876 macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2004
    Kilmarnock, Scotland UK
    macs with Power PC 601 and 602 processors were the first generation of Power PC processors therfor being PowerPC G1 processors (although not marketed as such). 603 & 604s were the second generation i.e. PowerPC G2, however the Gx names were only used in house until the G3 because of the previous posters comments (the thing about Mhz Myth/ difrences between 603 and 604s). So theres an answer 4 u.

    The info came from an OLD issue of MacFormat, (pre g4) which also showed the roadmap up to G5, not just the voices in my head giving me the info.
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Apple never sold a compuer based on the PowerPC 602. The PPC 602 was designed for embedded applications.
  8. combatcolin macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2004
    Northants, UK

    I was just about to reel off about the 602 and someone got there before me. ;)

    Same thing with the 68000, the 68010 was never used (to my knowledge) in home machines, they skipped staight to the 020.

    The 010 turned up in a LOT of arcade machines though.
  9. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    Some earlier WebTV-type boxes had the 602, but never a Mac. The "G1" 601 was, by the way, an IBM-developed processor. The "G" designation is simply Apple's way of creating continuity between different brands of CPUs and preventing naming confusion (we've had enough of that - *Performa series*, *Powerbooks*).

    I say "I've got a Dual 533mhz G4" instead of "I've got a Dual 533 PPC 7410 "Nitro" "

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