|Apple has removed the Mezzanine port from the iMac 266. Techinfo article number 58210 says that the article was only used for developmental purposes and has been removed as it is no longer necessary. The Article in full reads:
iMac 266: No Mezzanine Connector
Article ID: 58210
Some third party companies have been advertising iMac expansion cards for the Mezzanine connector. Will these cards function in the iMac 266?
The Mezzanine connector was used during the development and manufacture of iMac. It is no longer needed and therefore has been removed from the iMac 266 logic board. Apple has never spoken of any product plans in conjunction with this connector and discouraged any developer planning to take advantage of it.
The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has long been known for not wanting 3rd party developers to mess with their creations. The fact is an iMac with expandability is much more attractive than an iMac without expandability. Micro Conversion's iMac 3Dfx card the Game Wizard, for instance, makes the iMac into a true gaming machine and a safer buy for a gamer to get.
3rd party vendors who braved Apple's wrath were certainly warned not to develop options that use this port, but there are over 800,000 iMac owners out there to sell to for those that did. It is our opinion however, that Apple should have kept the port on the board to make the machine more attractive to those who want to live closer to the technology edge.