What is this on Job's desk?

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  1. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    In this PPC era photo taken at Steve Jobs home office, he has a small G5 looking object sitting on his desk behind the Apple Cinema Display. What on earth is it? I would love to think it was some kinda cool prototype, but it's probably just some kind of hard drive?

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  2. tdbmoss macrumors regular

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    It's the ultra-secret Mac Mini G5 of course, it has four prototype IBM NanoG5 processors running at 2x4.0 GHz each (these chips were so revolutionary that the machine needed no fans at all) and was destined to be the future of the Mac until Intel rushed through a deal of their own and rest is history...

    ;)

    In all seriousness, I think it's some kind of model as the back looks too detailed with all the ports etc for it to be a hard drive enclosure, and there are no cables coming from it.
     
  3. rawweb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought that too, whatever it is, pretty cool!
     
  4. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I agree that it looks like some sort of engineering scaled model/mockup/prototype of a G5.

    I have some MacAlly HDD enclosures that borrow the "design language" of the G5/Mac Pro, but they actually look nothing like a miniature G5. They just look nice sitting next to one since they have the same overall shape and the cheese grater front.
     
  5. rawweb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    A prototype Mac Pro 6,1 ;)
     
  6. bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    Huu, that picture of Steve Jobs' office is just great!
    The same clutter like in my office/room at home.
    From now on, every time I'll enter I'm gonna feel the strike of genius ...
     
  7. jdasikainen macrumors 6502

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    probably y a g5 miniature scale
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    if you zooming you actually see the fans pie area and place for power chord far too small for the actual cord
     
  8. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    If you'll zoom-in enough it will fit.
     
  9. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Wikipedia has a photo comparing the backs. It has two fans, and the slots are in the top half of the case, so it's definitely more Powermac than Mac Pro. Besides, the photo predates the Mac Pro by more than a year.
     
  10. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Yeah, the two fans and bottom-mounted power cord are tell tales of a G5.

    You can also tell that it's not a late '05 G5 by the port arrangement and lack of the WiFi antenna on the side of the back.
     
  11. Orizence macrumors 6502

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    Apparently im a bit late to the party but that does look simply like a mini G5 model. Perhaps Jobs took up making models as a hobby? (You never know....)
     
  12. doug in albq Suspended

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    I would like to know what all those little bottles in the bookshelf behind Steve are. (Left side, 2nd shelf down).
     
  13. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    What is the box to the right of the G5 model?
     
  14. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Going by the name Genelec, probably a speaker.
     
  15. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    Indeed Genelec speakers. Genelec makes studio speakers, so that just shows how much Steve cared about audio quality.
     
  16. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    If this pic is from 2004, these are most likely some medications used in cancer treatment.
     
  17. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Although that is a possibility, I believe that they are some sort of skin oil, or a liquid substance, based upon the fact that there's a eye-dropper-like thing on the cap of each bottle.
     
  18. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    Unless it is cannabis oil, which is used to treat or at least make cancer more bearable. That comes in dripper bottles, and I'm pretty sure it would be legal in Cali.
     
  19. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    While we're at it-

    Tri-X for the win!(at least it looks like Tri-X to me, and I've used a lot of the stuff).
     
  20. rawweb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    And is that a Sony VX2000 on the floor in front of the bookshelf? Apparently, he was also cared about video.
     
  21. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    He liked Sony's products, heck, they even wanted to make Sony Vaio books run OS X at some point.
     

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