iMac / Overview

The iMac G3 was the machine that announced to the world that Steve is back and Apple is once again, on track. It was so different from what we knew as the beige world of personal computing at the time. It was so different, amazingly uncomplicated and undoubtably funky. Everything you needed was right in front of you and it was something that accented the room rather than be an eyesore.

On a conceptual level, The machine had two major missions. The first was to be simple. It's one of those requirements that sounds so easy to achieve but in reality, it just a word that represents many things. Uncomplicated. Intuitive. Obvious. Those are a few words that come to mind. I believe apple succeeded as illustrated by having only two steps to set it up < link to commercial >. The second was to be accessible. People at the time had a fear of technology and Apple's use of design to alleviate that fear was brilliant. The use of candy colors and an organic form made it so different from it's peers that there was a curiosity that drew people in rather than just stare at it with fear. It essentially transformed the computer from this thing that only technically savvy people could use to something as simple as a microwave or a blender. As Steve joked in his keynote, "The back of our computer looks better than the front of anyone else’s."

The distinctive aesthetics were instantly recognizable on television, in films and in print. This increased Apple’s brand awareness, and embedded the iMac into popular culture. When you saw the iMac, there was no confusing it with any other computer and through repeated exposure, it became top of mind and eventually top of choice.

The iMac G3 was introduced in May of 1998 and sold for sold for $1,299.

+JT // 11.30.2008 / 08:16 PST

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January 11, 2005 September 12, 2006
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
D-Major STMP 3550 75 MHz
Details: Uses a 75 MHz SigmaTel D-Major STMP 3550 processor.
N/A 512 MB, 1 GB
Details: N/A
120, 240 None
Details: Apple reports that the iPod shuffle holds 120 or 240 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format" on the 512 MB and 1 GB version, respectively. It lacks a display and consequently does not support photo slideshows or video playback.
Sync & Charge None
Details: The iPod shuffle is capable of charging and syncing by USB using the integrated USB connector or an optional dock.
USB USB, Stereo Minijack
Details: The iPod shuffle offers connectivity via USB 1.1 and 2.0 using the integrated USB connector. It has only "USB connector and stereo minijack" ports.
Handheld iPod shuffle
Details: N/A
White Button*
Details: The iPod shuffle uses a white plastic case without a "ClickWheel" controlled by a clickpad and a slider.
None N/A
Details: The iPod shuffle does not have an integrated display.
Lithium Ion 12 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod shuffle provides "up to" 12 hours of music playback.

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Details: The iPod shuffle lacks a display and consequently does not support photo slideshows or video playback.
"About 4 Hours" M9724LL/A*
Details: M9724LL/A refers to the 512 MB model. The 1 GB model is M9725LL/A.
3.3 x 0.98 x 0.33 0.78 ounce
Details: In inches - height by width by depth.
MacOS X 10.2.8 Windows 2000/XP
Details: Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with a USB port [running] MacOS X 10.2.8 or MacOS X 10.3.4 and later (MacOS X 10.3.6 or later recommended for use with low-power USB ports).

It is compatible with a "PC with [a] USB port, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 [or later] or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 [or later]".
Apple reports that the iPod shuffle supports "MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), and WAV."
Shipped with "earbud headphones, lanyard, [and a] USB cap."
US$99, US$149 US$20-US$30
Details: 512 MB model (M9724LL/A) sold for US$99, the 1 GB model sold for US$149 (M9725LL/A).

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