“You already know how cool the new Apple iMac G5 looks, but you probably don’t know its evolutionary history. Apple has had a knack of paring their computers down to the barest basics from day one… For those who remember the first Apple Macintosh computer in 1984, it was a stunning achievement to squeeze a computer and 9-inch monitor into one cute vertical package,” Ian Tan writes for AsiaOne. “The compact Macintosh design was to survive for nine years – an eternity in the computing industry.”
“Unfortunately, between 1985 and 1997, when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was exiled from the company he set up, nothing earth-shaking happened. Even the most rabid Mac fanatic will acknowledge that most Apple computers in that period looked just a little better than IBM clone PCs. But within one year of Mr Job’s return in 1997, the next wave of Apple innovation was ignited by the first iMac,” Tan writes.
“In 2002, the next iMac dumped the CRT monitor for the flat panel LCD screen and people were bowled over by the desk-lamp design. However, it was not as successful. According to research firm IDC, Apple shipped as many as six million first-generation iMacs and just 2.7 million second-generation iMacs. Will the ‘3G’ iMac do as well as the first version? Will Windows users bite the iMac apple like they did with the iPod? Well, you’ll have to go down to the stores to check it out then. Just like the iPod and the iPod Mini, actually touching the real thing is a whole different experience from seeing it in print. The cheapest iMac G5 costs $2,488 (Singabucks: Singapore Dollars) – more expensive than a high-end gaming PC though less powerful. Still, its design may just buy you over,” Tan writes.
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MacDailyNews Take: The world, along with Mac users, trended towards laptops between the first iMac and the 2nd generation desk lamp iMac model. That (and the fact that it was out on the market for a shorter period of time) is why the second machine didn’t sell as many units as the first. The iMac G5, if it stays on the market long enough, still has the potential to outdo the original, even as computer buyers look more and more to laptops; the iMac G5 is that good. And, if desktop PC buyers take a hard look at the Windows virus/worm/spyware/adware issue and come to the logical Mac conclusion, Apple had better be ready with supply!