20 years ago today, Apple released the iMac G3. It was a unique device, and very popular at the time. Let's look back at the changes the iMac has gone through.
Apple officially announced the iMac G3, a round, colourful computer on August 15th 1998, a desktop powerhouse that is still around to this day.
The G3, designed by Jony Ive, Apple's Chief Designer, had a plastic outer, with vibrant colours, allowing you to see the internals of the computer. When announcing it on stage, Steve Jobs said: "This is iMac. The whole thing is translucent. You can see into it. It's so cool".
Sold for $1,299 when launched, the G3 came with a 700MHz PowerPC 750 G3 processor, CD-ROM drive, 128 GB of storage, ATI graphics card and more specs that don't sound impressive now, but were top of the range back in the day. This was a powerful seller due to the design and specs combined.
Apple released the iMac G3 in many, many vibrant colours in the years after the inital launch.
The G3 was introduced at a time when Apple was struggling, however in 1999, Apple saw their profits more than triple, due to the G3 release. Tim Cook, the current CEO, celebrated the iMac announcement in May this year.
Since the G3, the iMac has evolved a lot. Until 2007, the design consisted of a plastic body, and by 2002, got much thinner than the original iMac. Then, in 2007, Apple drastically changed the design, by introducing an aluminum
body, which looked very sleek and was also thinner too.
The iMac has had this design up to today, but in late 2012, Apple introduced the ultra-thin Mac we have now, one of the thinnest computers still. The iMac Pro is one of the most powerful Macs ever created. The iMac is available in 21.5 and 27 inch variations, with 4K and 5K displays too. As well as hard drives, SSDs are now included.
By 2019, we should see a refreshed iMac design, with more screen and more spec improvements. It could even have Apple's new Face ID system embedded. The iMac has changed so much in 20 years, and still lives on.
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Bram B. and Ben W.