Will Apple Computer’s iMac G5 sell as well as the first version?

“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.

Full article here.

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!


  1. [QUOTE:] “From: bi11jon
    Sep 24, 04 | 1:53 pm
    “2nd generation desk lamp iMac model.”
    i wish people would stop dissing my iMac.”

    I don’t think they are Jon, they are just saying that the 2nd Generation iMac has done its time. It was a great machine, hail the next generation… It’s called progress! ( ^_- ) I guess PC users don’t really know that term…

  2. i wonder why i’m the only one that sees billjon in bi11jon? bill.jon. and i thought i was clever.

    calling my computer a lamp still feels like an insult. but damn if i don’t want a dual g5 tower.

  3. I think the comparison between iMac G3 and iMac G4 is unfair. The G3 iMac had all but saturated the market. Then the G4 was presented in a different price class, due to its TFT display. Then, for almost a year, the G3 was sold in parallel to be replaced by the eMac. Basically, the G4 sold as well as the G3 minus the schools.

  4. I’m not a hard core gamer, but wouldn’t a high end gaming PC cost more that the $1200 or $1700 iMac G5 (when you translate back into US dollars)? Especially if you were to put a decent LCD or even a decent CRT monitor with that gaming machine.

    With admittedly a somewhat weaker video card and lesser RAM, wouldn’t the iMac G5 still be decent competition to even a high end gaming machine?

  5. The Gen1 iMacs were cool, the Gen2 lamp-style (not saying that as a bad thing, promise!) iMacs were awesomely unique. I still love that design. The iMac G5 is just cool, not awesome or anything…well almost awesome its a nice design with a big bottom but cramming all that stuff in there is sweet! If I was gonna get a desktop Mac, I’d probly get an iMac, the PowerMac is a lil expensive for me and the eMac is still only a G4.

  6. i think due to the price the new imac will sell less than the g3 but more than the g4. maybe if apple can reduce the price later on it could catch up. if the imac g4 sold 2.7 million and the g3 sold 6 million i expect the g5 to sell 4-5 million

  7. Slightly off topic here, but the latest issue of Gov’t Computer News has a story about “Super PCs”, or “the fastest available microprocessor in a PC upgraded with as many top-of-the-line components as you can pack into a large tower” as described by author John McCormick. What’s interesting is that at the end of the article is a buyers guide for these systems, and believe it or not, the 2ghz G5 is listed, and not only that, but at $2,494 it’s the least expensive system on the list! The next closest is an MPC at $2,674, and after that it goes from $3,074 for a Solid Electric, Inc. to $16,901 to a MaxVision PC. So much for Macs being more expensive, huh?

  8. Our small business is all macs and one PC. I am buying a new iMac G5 for home and sending the iMac G4 to the front desk of the business because it is so cool looking. However most of the rest of the workstations are old G3 iMacs, because they run OSX and are still rock solid. That’s part of the reason that the iMac G4 didn’t repeat the sales of the original. Folks are still hanging on to the first one.

  9. I�m sure that it will sell alright. It�s getting good press and that�s gotta help. I would buy one if the graphics card were replaceable (w/o the motherboard that is). But then, I guess the iMac is not marketed for me.

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