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!

20 Comments

  1. I’m a Windows users. I have been using Windows since version 3.1. But, I have had it. Though I use a firewall, virus scanner, adaware/spybot and I don’t use IE (Mozilla and Mozilla Mail is what I use) I am still fed up with the viruses and spyware on the Windows platform. Windows was never designed to be in a networked environment and it shows as Microsoft tries to play clean-up. But it is too late for me. I have completed my software inventory and everything I need is on the Mac platform and **I will be buying an iMac G5** in February 2005. I will be switching off of Windows and onto the Mac.

    I am a Lotus Notes Administrator, developer and webmaster and have been working in the IT field for 17 years… and I love my iPod!

  2. On the topic of laptop sales versus the iMacG5, the new iMac appears to be a luggable computer, at roughly 18.5 and 25 pounds. I already have a PowerBook, but I can carry 25 pounds to a client or to the cottage. I consider the new IMac G5 to be superior to a laptop in portability because I already have to take the bluetooth keyboard along anyway. What I need now is a bag that takes the G5 (20″ on order) and the keyboard. My prediction is that as soon as people figure out that the G5 laptop is already here, albeit in a different form factor, this machine may well cut into G4 laptop sales for those who can live with a 16 x 16 bag, for example .

  3. they need to lower the price some, the original sold for as low as $799 and did not have to compete with the emac, they have to update often like before, and must offer different colors or Al enclosures or front designer covers to keep it fresh , along with 25ms and 160 degree or better viewing angles for the 17″ and upgradable cpu and 128-256MB BTO graphic, I just saw a 256MB 5200 ultra at walmart for a hundred bucks (great for core graphics) DVI in is needed for monitor sharing and dvi out for Apple cinema display purchases. along with 1 PC-Card slot in future revisions for expansion to keep it fresh and on the cutting edge in the future.

  4. I’m going to buy a 20″ iMac in the summer of ’05 … 2nd revision (with a better graphics card, I hope).

    But I’ll buy it whatever, because I love all Macs (with the exception of the badly-designed eMac which looks like a miscarriage of the G3)

    …. and the iMac is in my price class and covers my needs and the more you look at it, the better it looks – which is characteristic of good design.

    When you consider the massive discontent among the Windroids, the iPod ‘halo effect’, the excellent OS X (much better than the G3 iMac’s OS) … together with the cool design and reasonable price … then this computer could be a huge success – even overtaking the original iMac.

    Let’s hope so!

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