Imac 2008 Sierra

Apple iMac 24-Inch 'Core 2 Duo' 2.66 (Early 2009) Specs

List of Apple computers compatible with macOS High Sierra. MacBook (Late 2009 or newer) MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer) MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer) Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer) iMac (Late 2009 or newer) Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer) How to install. Here is a High Sierra download link. MacOS 10.12 Sierra. This is the first macOS version. The iMac 'Core 2 Duo' 2.0 20-Inch (Aluminum) features a 2.0 GHz Intel 'Core 2 Duo' processor (T7300), with two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip, a 4 MB shared level 2 cache, an 800 MHz system bus, 1 GB of RAM (667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, PC2-5300), a 250 GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA hard drive, a vertically-mounted slot-loading DVD+R. Includes BETA support for iMac and MacBook Pro systems with NVIDIA graphics Release Notes Archive: This driver update is for Mac Pro 5,1 (2010), Mac Pro 4,1 (2009) and Mac Pro 3,1 (2008) users. The MacBook Air was introduced in January 2008 with a 13.3-inch screen, and was promoted as the world's thinnest notebook, opening a laptop category known as the ultrabook family. Apple released a second generation MacBook Air in October 2010, with a redesigned tapered chassis, standard solid-state storage, and added a smaller 11.6-inch version.

Identifiers: Early 2009 - MB418LL/A - iMac9,1 - A1225 - 2267

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The iMac 'Core 2 Duo' 2.66 24-Inch Aluminum (Early 2009) features a 2.66 GHz Intel 'Core 2 Duo' processor, with two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip, a 6 MB shared level 2 cache, a 1066 MHz system bus, 4 GB of RAM (1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM), a 640 GB (7200 RPM) hard drive, a vertically-mounted slot-loading DVD±R DL 'SuperDrive', NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics with 256 MB of memory shared with the system, a built-in iSight video camera, and built-in stereo speakers underneath the 24' glossy TFT Active Matrix LCD (1920x1200 native) display.
Connectivity includes four USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire '800' port, built-in AirPort Extreme, and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as a Mini DisplayPort, which supports an external display in 'extended desktop' mode.
The iMac 'Core 2 Duo' (Early 2009) models are quite similar to the 'Early 2008' models that they replaced, with similar external cases -- varying only by a 'tapered foot' -- and likewise have the same glass cover that 'joins precisely to the aluminum enclosure creating a virtually seamless front surface'.
Although clockspeeds and configurations are similar as well, there are a few differences -- the Firewire '400' port on the Early 2008 models has been swapped for an additional USB 2.0 port on the Early 2009 models, Mini-DVI has been swapped for Mini DisplayPort, and the 2009 models also have DDR3 memory (rather than DDR2) with twice the official capacity, improved graphics on the higher-end configurations, and by default, shipped with a smaller keyboard that lacks the numerical keypad.
Also see:

  • What are the differences between the 'Early 2009' Aluminum iMac Core 2 Duo models?
  • How do the 'Early 2009' Aluminum iMac Core 2 Duo models compare to the 'Early 2008/Penryn' models that preceded them?

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Introduction Date:March 3, 2009 Discontinued Date:October 20, 2009
Details:The 'Introduction Date' refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The 'Discontinued Date' refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
Also see: All Macs introduced in 2009.
Details:Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
Details:Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the iMac9,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the iMac9,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the iMac9,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
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Details:These Geekbench 4 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 4 benchmarks are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 4 user submissions for Macs with the iMac9,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 4 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 5 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 5 benchmarks for the Mac are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 5 user submissions for Macs with the iMac9,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
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Processor Speed:2.66 GHz Processor Type:Core 2 Duo (E8135)
Details:All Intel 'Core 2 Duo' processors include two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip.
Regardless of speed, all Intel 'Core 2 Duo' processors include two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip.
Also see: How much faster are the 'Early 2009' Aluminum iMac Core 2 Duo models than the 'Early 2008' models?
Details:N/A
Details:Also see: Is it possible to upgrade the processor in the Aluminum iMac models?
System Bus Speed:1066 MHzCache Bus Speed:2.66 GHz (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type:EFIEFI Architecture:64-Bit
L1 Cache:32k/32kL2/L3 Cache:6 MB (on chip)
Details:Includes a 6 MB shared 'on chip' level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
Details:Supports 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SO-DIMMs (204-pin).
Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in this Aluminum iMac model? How much RAM does it actually support?

Imac 2008 Sierra 10.13

Details:By default, 4 GB of RAM is installed as two 2 GB SO-DIMM modules. No slots free.
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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Details:This model supports two 4 GB modules -- one in each slot for a maximum of 8 GB of memory.
Details:This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M that shares memory with the system.
Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the Aluminum iMac systems? Is it upgradable?
Details:Apple reports that 'memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs' and that the minimum graphics usage is 256 MB with this model.
Also see: How does the gaming performance of the 'Early 2009' Aluminum iMac Core 2 Duo models compare to earlier Aluminum iMac models? How much faster are the graphics?
Built-in Display:24.0' WidescreenNative Resolution:1920x1200
Details:This model has a 24.0' 'glossy' TFT widescreen active matrix display with a native resolution of 1920x1200. Apple also reports a 'typical' brightness of 385 cd/m2, contrast ratio of 750:1, and viewing angle of 178 degrees horizontal and 178 degrees vertical.
Also see: What are the differences between the displays used in the Intel-based 'Aluminum' and 'White' iMac models? What is the viewable angle and the brightness of each?
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2nd Display Support:Dual/Mirroring2nd Max. Resolution:2560x1600
Details:Apple reports that this model simultaneously supports the native resolution of the built-in display and up-to a 30-inch external display (2560x1600).
Standard Storage:640 GB HDDStd. Storage Speed:7200 RPM
Details:A 1 TB Serial ATA hard drive also was available by custom configuration for an additional US$100.
Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the Aluminum iMac models? What type of hard drive do they support? Can you swap the hard drive for an SSD?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this iMac.
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Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
Storage Dimensions:3.5' (26.10 mm)Storage Interface:Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
Imac 2008 Sierra
Details:This model holds a single 3.5' SATA II (3 Gb/s) hard drive or SSD.
Standard Optical:8X DL 'SuperDrive'Standard Disk:None
Details:Apple reports that the slot-loading 8X 'SuperDrive' with 4X double-layer burning (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) 'writes DVD+R DL discs at up to 4x speed, writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed, writes DVD-RW at up to 6x and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed, reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed, [and] reads CDs at up to 24x speed.'
Site sponsor Other World Computing offers a 'Data Doubler' mounting kit that may be of interest. It makes it simple to install a second hard drive or SSD in the optical drive bay of this iMac.
Standard Modem:NoneStandard Ethernet:10/100/1000Base-T
Details:External Apple USB Modem offered for US$49.
Standard AirPort:802.11a/b/g/nStandard Bluetooth:2.1+EDR
Details:AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.
Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
Details:Four USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire '800' port (7 watts). Apple advertises that this system has 'six' USB 2.0 ports, counting four on the system and two on the keyboard.
Details:In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of external expansion options and hand-picked accessories like external storage, stands, keyboards, cables, adapters, speakers, and more for this iMac.
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Incl. Keyboard:Apple Keyboard*Incl. Input:Mighty Mouse
Details:*By default, this model shipped with a small aluminum 'ultrathin, compact wired keyboard' that lacks the numerical keypad.
Also see: How does the 'ultra thin' keyboard provided with the 'Aluminum' iMac Core 2 Duo models compare to a more traditional desktop keyboard? How does it feel?
Details:The 'Early 2009' iMac 'Core 2 Duo' models use an all-in-one 'aluminum and glass' enclosure on an aluminum stand that is essentially the same as the previous 'Aluminum' iMac models, but the 'supporting foot' is tapered toward the front rather than squared off.
Apple Order No:MB418LL/AApple Subfamily:Early 2009
Details:The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
Details:Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1225 Model Number, the 2267 EMC Number, and the iMac9,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Details:N/A
Sierra
Pre-Installed MacOS:X 10.5.6 (9G2030)Maximum MacOS:X 10.11.x*
Details:*This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' and OS X 10.9 'Mavericks' except for Power Nap and AirPlay Mirroring functionality (which also requires an Apple TV 2nd Gen or later). It also supports the last viersion of OS X 10.10 'Yosemite' and OS X 10.11 'El Capitan' -- including Mac-to-Mac AirDrop capability -- but no other advanced features are supported, including Metal graphics acceleration. It is not capable of running macOS Sierra (10.12) or subsequent versions of the macOS at all.
Please note that OS X 'Lion' 10.7 and subsequent versions of OS X are not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as these operating systems do not support the 'Rosetta' environment. To run PowerPC applications on this Mac, it will be necessary to use Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard' or earlier.
Also see: Which Macs are compatible with OS X El Capitan (10.11)? What are the system requirements? Which Macs support which features?
Minimum Windows:XP SP2 (32-Bit)*Maximum Windows:7 (32-Bit)*
Details:*Apple's Boot Camp 4 formally supports the 32-bit versions of Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. However, the system does meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for Windows 8 and readers have reported successfully running the 32-bit version of this operating system with appropriate drivers.
MacOS 9 Support:NoneWindows Support:Boot/Virtualization
Details:Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
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For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions:20.5 x 22.4 x 8.1Avg. Weight:25.4 lbs. (11.5 kg)

Imac 2008 High Sierra

Details:In inches - height by width by depth, (52.0 cm, 56.9 cm, 20.7 cm).
Original Price (US):US$1499Est. Current Retail:US$200-US$300
Details:Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).
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Video (Monitor): 1 (Mini DisplayPort) Floppy (Ext.): None
Details:Supports external display in dual display and mirroring modes. Mini DisplayPort also supports DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI with optional adapters.
Details:N/A
Details:N/A
Details:Four USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire '800' port (7 watts). Apple advertises that this system has 'six' USB 2.0 ports, counting four on the system and two on the keyboard.
Details:No internal modem. External Apple USB modem offered for US$49. Gigabit Ethernet, AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.
Details:N/A
Details:Combined 'optical digital audio input/audio line in minijack.'
Details:Single shared 'headphone/optical digital audio output'.
Details:N/A
Details:100V-240V, 200W maximum for 20-Inch models, 280W maximum for 24-Inch models.

Global original prices for the iMac 24-Inch 'Core 2 Duo' 2.66 (Early 2009) in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North & South America

Mexico:N/A United States:US$1499

Original Prices - Europe

Denmark:N/AFinland:€1399
Ireland:€1399Italy:€1399
Norway:N/A Portugal:€1399
Switzerland:CHF 1'899 United Kingdom:£1199

Original Prices - Asia

Imac 2008 Sierra
India:N/A Indonesia:N/A
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Thailand:N/AVietnam:N/A

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