What is the difference between iMac PPC and iMac Intel?

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Last Modified: Mar 22, 2012 7:13 AM

PPC indicates a Mac using the PowerPC chip.  These include all Macs that were new from 1995 to 2005. 

Apple's iMac lineup that is PowerPC is identified on this article: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1463

 

If the issue you are having does not appear to change with operating system updates, and is system wide, please post to this forum, if the iMac is G3, G4, or G5:

 

https://discussions.apple.com/community/desktop_computers/imac_powerpc

 

If you have an Intel iMac, identifying them is taken care of by this article: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1758

 

If the issue you are having does not appear to change with operating system updates, and is system wide, please post to this forum, if the iMac is Intel:

 

https://discussions.apple.com/community/desktop_computers/imac_intel

 

All Macs that were announced new starting in 2006, had the Intel chip, though some leftover PowerPC Macs were sold in 2006.  Be sure to identify the Mac carefully in the article before choosing which forum to post in.  See this tip for more info