This eBay listing just screams ""buy me"

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by iOSWriter, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. iOSWriter macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You will not be able to run any modern software on a 20th Anniversary Mac.
  3. iLucas macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2011
    The highest software a TAM can go to is OS 9.1 i believe.
  4. iOSWriter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    Are there any hacks to make it run new software? Btw I realized why it originally failed. apple prided it at $9,999. Did they really think a product at that price would have took off? I meqn how much did it really cost them to manufacture it? I thought i furst read it only cost $999. At that price it would have took off I bet.
  5. bizzle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
  6. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Are you aware that this is a computer from 1997 with a 250MHz CPU and 32-128mb of RAM?

    How the OP did not realise this, I have no idea.
  7. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    TAM is a priceless collectible mac. And a lot of mac purist would want this piece of mac.
  8. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004

    Not even close. You're going to max out at Mac OS 9.1, which is six major Mac OS releases back.

    It was a very limited production run, and a very exorbitant introductory price.

    So were a lot of Macs throughout history. The whole point of the iMac (as opposed to Mac Pros and MacBooks) is to be the actual purist successor to the original 1984 Macintosh.
  9. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    With some software hacking, it is possible to get a stock TAM (plus memory upgrade) up to OS X 10.3. With hardware upgrades, you can get it up to 10.4. Even fully upgraded and running 10.4, it won't be useful as a day-to-day machine, though. 128 MB of RAM is massively insufficient for 10.4, and even on 10.2 (probably the highest version that even a fully-upgraded TAM should run,) it will be slow.

    Skype will not run at all. It requires an Intel Mac for the current version, and the latest version that runs on a PowerPC requires 512 MB of RAM and 10.3.9 or newer.

    Newer versions of Photoshop would be horrendous on only 128 MB of RAM. If you absolutely *MUST* run Photoshop on that age of Mac, find an old copy of Photoshop 5.0 that was current back then. It will run much better.
  10. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
    So you want accessories for a computer you dont have(correct me if im wrong since you did not mention)?

    Do you know the specs of this mac???

    Introduced March 20, 1997
    Discontinued March 14, 1998
    MSRP US$7,499
    CPU PowerPC 603e
    CPU speed 250 MHz
    L2 Cache 256 KiB, max 1 MiB
    Bus 50 MHz
    RAM 2 slots
    32 MiB, max 128 MiB (2 × 64 MiB)
    Memory Spec 168-pin, 5 V,
    60+ ns EDO or FPM DIMMs
    VRAM 2 MiB
    Video 12.1" Active Matrix
    800×600 or 640×480 @ up to 16-bits
    ATI 3D RAGE 2 chip set
    Ports Rear Ports:
    Variable Level Sound In
    Sound Out
    DB-25 SCSI
    TV Tuner
    FM Tuner
    Rear Side Ports:
    1 ADB
    2 DIN-8 GeoPorts
    DB-25 SCSI
    S-Video In
    Sound Line In
    Via Expansion Slots:
    1 Comm Slot 2
    PCI Slot
    Optical Drive 4× CD-ROM
    Hard Drive 2 GB IDE
    Floppy Drive Apple SuperDrive
    Initial OS System 7.6.1
    Final OS Mac OS 9.1
    Weight 6.8 kg (14.9 lb)
    Dimensions Metric - 438 × 419 × 254 mm
    Imperial - 17.25 × 16.5 × 10 in


    A 250Mhz cpu... hmmm, if the iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4 can run OS 9 it would probably still be faster (the iP4 is definitely going to be faster)
    800x600 display 16bit... my MacBook Pro 13" screen is 1280x800 32bit
    Max ram of TAM is 128mb, my MacBook Pro has 4gb, and i consider it slow when editing large video files (360p,480p,720p) or multiple RAW files on photoshop.

    TAM is around 14-15 years old since released date.

    Do you know that Apple didnt use Intel before 2005? They used PowerPC which was a different architecture.

    Anyways, you could buy them, then buy the actual computer, then run retro games and programs on it on OS 9.

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