iMacThose of us involved in the tech world are probably familiar with Moore’s Law, which states that the number of processors that can be placed on an integrated circuit will double every two years. It’s pretty amazing that this is something that has held true since 1965, 45 years and still no signs of it running it’s course. Hooray for that, because I can’t wait for smaller and faster devices, and if to demonstrate what that has meant for devices over the past 10 years, here’s a comparison of a 2000 iMac to a 2010 iPhone (from’s forum):

Operating System – Mac OS 9.0.4
Processor – 500 MHz PowerPC G3 CPU, 128MB Memory
Graphics – ATI Rage 128 Pro, 8MB of memory (8 million triangles)
Screen – 786K pixels
Data Transfer Speeds – 1.3-12.5 MB/s (DVD-ROM-1/100 Ethernet)
Storage – 30GB Hard Drive
Dimensions – 15.0 x 15.0 x 17.1 inches
Weight – 34.7 pounds

iPhone 4
Operating System – iOS 4.0
Processor – 1 Ghz ARM A4 CPU, 512MB Memory
Graphics – PowerVR SGX 535, uses system memory (28 million triangles)
Screen – 614K pixels
Data Transfer Speeds – .04-20MB/s (3G-WiFi)
Storage – 32GB Flash Drive
Dimensions – 4.5 x 2.31 x .31 inches
Weight – 4.8 ounces

Faster processors, smaller devices, more storage…I can’t wait to see what we’ll have to play with in five let alone another ten years!

Photo credit: Flickr user Marcin Wichary via CC 2.0 license