iMac G3 & iMac G4
Announced in July 2000, the iMac on the left(the
G3) was the lowest priced iMac yet. Essentially a
reissue of the Slot Loading iMac at a lower price point
(and without an AirPort slot), the iMac (Summer
2000) was priced to move at $799. It was available
only in indigo, and shipped with 64 MB of RAM a 56k
modem, and included Apple's new Pro Mouse.
Recently the iMac was discontinued.
Announced in January 2002, the G4 Flat Panel iMac was the first
completely redesigned iMac since the original. Based around a
15-inch LCD screen, this iMac also brought both the G4 processor
and the CD-RW/DVD-R "Super Drive" to the consumer space for
the first time.
The G4 Flat Panel iMac featured an entirely new case design, built
around the idea of a screen that could rotate and change angles
easily. The "desk lamp" design was mounted atop a semi-spherical
base, 10.6 inches in diameter, which housed the rest of the
computer. The machine had been developed over the course of two
years, and was the culmination of Apple's move away from CRT
displays. Steve Jobs proudly announced, when this new iMac was
released, that "The CRT is officially dead."
The G4 Flat Panel iMac shipped in three configurations. The
low-end model, with a 700Mhz G4 Processor, 128 MB of RAM, a
40 GB ATA-66 hard drive and a CD-RW drive, was $1299.
Another 700 Mhz model, with 256 MB of RAM, a 40 GB hard
drive, and a CD-RW/DVD-ROM "Combo Drive," was priced at
$1499. Finally, the 800 Mhz model, with 256 MB of RAM, a 60
GB hard drive, and the CD-RW/DVD-R "SuperDrive," was $1799.
The middle and high-end model shipped with Apple Pro Speakers,
and all models included a new White Pro Keyboard and Mouse.
Various price cuts were offered over the next year, and all
configurations were discontinued in January 2003.