Thursday, August 16, 2018

Happy 20th Launch Anniversary, iMac

Juli Clover (via Jon Gales):

On August 15, 1998, Apple officially released the first iMac, the candy-colored gumdrop-shaped iMac G3, launching a desktop machine that has continued to be updated and revised over the years.


Apple’s first iMac, which sold for $1,299 at launch, came equipped with a 233 - 700MHz PowerPC 750 G3 processor, 4GB of storage, a 15-inch CRT, a CD-ROM drive, and an ATI graphics card, components that don’t sound impressive today but made for a powerful, well-rounded machine, that, in combination with the design, made the iMac a best seller.


Since the iMac G3’s 1998 debut, Apple has introduced several revisions to the desktop machine, launching design revisions in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2015.

See also: ATPM 4.08 and 4.09.

Update (2018-08-17): Samuel Axon:

Ars Technica first launched only a few months after the original iMac. We’ve covered the machine over the years in news, reviews, and analysis as it has evolved into numerous forms. The mantle of Apple computer reviewer has passed from person to person over the years—Eric Bangeman, Jacqui Cheng, Lee Hutchinson, Andrew Cunningham, myself, and others interspersed. Just like you, we’ve all had different takes on Apple’s priorities.

For a trip down memory lane, we’ve dug up a selection of reviews and photos from those reviews, ranging from the introduction of aluminum in 2007 to last year’s iMac Pro.

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