Does my iMac G3 still Work in the Modern World?
Does my iMac G3 still Work in the Modern World? I dug out my old Apple iMac G3 computer today. Will it power up and can it be used on modern websites? Find out the answers to these exciting questions by pressing play on this video.
Links to sites mentioned in the video:
Terry Stewart’s (Tezza’s) Webzone for Classic Computers
A Sort Of Interesting Life
Two True Freaks!
The iMac G3 is a line of personal computers developed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Computer from 1998 to 2003. Noted for its innovative design via the use of translucent and brightly colored plastics, it was the first consumer-facing Apple product to debut under the recently returned interim CEO Steve Jobs. It was updated over time with new hardware and colors, until being supplanted by the iMac G4 and eMac in 2002.
The iMac G3, among other factors, was responsible for Apple’s turnaround from financial ruin in the late 1990s and revitalized the Apple brand as design-oriented and simple. It was, nevertheless, criticized for abandoning then-current technological standards like the floppy drive and the Apple Desktop Bus connector in favor of the emerging USB standard.
Steve Jobs reduced the company’s large product lines immediately upon becoming Apple’s interim CEO in 1997. Toward the end of the year, Apple trimmed its line of desktop Macs down to the beige Power Macintosh G3 series, which included the iMac’s immediate predecessor, the Power Macintosh G3 All In One, which featured nearly identical specifications and was sold only to the educational market. Having discontinued the consumer-targeted Performa series, Apple needed a replacement for the Performa’s price point. The company announced the iMac on May 6, 1998 and began shipping the iMac G3 on August 15, 1998.
Internally, the iMac was a combination of the MacNC project and Common Hardware Reference Platform (CHRP). Although the promise of CHRP has never been fully realized, the work that Apple had done on CHRP significantly helped in the designing of the iMac. The original iMac used a PowerPC G3 (PowerPC 750) processor, which also ran in Apple’s high-end Power Macintosh line at the time, though at higher speeds. It sold for US,299, and shipped with Mac OS 8.1, which was soon upgraded to Mac OS 8.5.
The iMac was continually updated after its initial release. Aside from increasing specifications (processor speed, video RAM and hard-disk capacity), Apple replaced Bondi Blue with new colors. Throughout its lifespan, the iMac was released in a total of thirteen colors.
A later hardware update created a sleeker design. This second-generation iMac featured a slot-loading optical drive, FireWire, “fanless” operation (through free convection cooling), a slightly updated shape, and the option of AirPort wireless networking. Apple continued to sell this line of iMacs until March 2003, mainly to customers who wanted the ability to run the older Mac OS 9 operating system. USB and FireWire support, and support for dial-up, Ethernet, and wireless networking (via 802.11b and Bluetooth) soon became standard across Apple’s entire product line. The addition of high-speed FireWire corrected the deficiencies of the earlier iMacs.
The iMac CRT model, now targeted at the education market, was renamed the iMac G3, and kept in production alongside its iMac G4 successor until the eMac was released. As Apple continued to release new versions of its computers, the term iMac continued to be used to refer to machines in its consumer desktop line.
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