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The original iMac might make you feel old

Recognize these beasts?

 

 

 

If you do, this miiight make you feel old. Old and impressed though!

 

Today, TWENTY years ago, the first iMac was officially released. The ever-so-joyfully colored iMac G3.

 

The iMac has continued to exist in better and better (and greyer) forms over those twenty and has not only become waaaay more compact and sleek, but has also become waaaay more powerful.

 

Like you, right?

 

The computer was designed by Apple design chief Jony Ive, and was introduced by Steve Jobs in May 1998 as such:

 

“This is iMac. The whole thing is translucent. You can see into it. It’s so cool,” said Jobs when introducing the iMac G3.

 

It sold originally for $1299, and 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, all of which made the iMac a best seller. In fact, released just a year after Jobs returned to Apple, the iMac was thought to be behind 1999’s first quarter profits tripling.

 

Today, the iMac is available in 21.5 and 27-inch size options, with 4K and 5K Retina displays, Kaby Lake chips, AMD graphics, and super fast SSDs.
There is also an iMac Pro, for Apple’s more professional users with a Space Gray body, Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, Radeon Pro Vega graphics, and up to 4TB of SSD storage.

 

Happy Birthday, iMac. Although we may miss your large colorful body in our lives,  We appreciate you even more for what you’ve become.