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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|Introduction Date:||January 11, 2005||Discontinued Date:||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.|
|Processor Type:||D-Major STMP 3550||Processor Speed:||75 MHz|
|Details:||Uses a 75 MHz SigmaTel D-Major STMP 3550 processor.|
|Onboard RAM:||N/A||Storage Capacity:||512 MB, 1 GB|
|Song Capacity:||120, 240||Photo Capacity:||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.|
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge||Firewire Support:||None|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle is capable of charging and syncing by USB using the integrated USB connector or an optional dock.|
|Connectivity:||USB||Ports:||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.|
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||iPod shuffle|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle uses a white plastic case without a "ClickWheel" controlled by a clickpad and a slider.|
|Built-in Display:||None||Display Resolution:||N/A|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle does not have an integrated display.|
|Battery Type:||Lithium Ion||Battery Life (Music):||12 Hours|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod shuffle provides "up to" 12 hours of music playback.
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|Battery Life (Photos):||N/A||Battery Life (Video):||N/A|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle lacks a display and consequently does not support photo slideshows or video playback.|
|Full-Charge Time:||"About 4 Hours"||Model Number:||M9724LL/A*|
|Details:||M9724LL/A refers to the 512 MB model. The 1 GB model is M9725LL/A.|
|Dimensions:||3.3 x 0.98 x 0.33||Avg. Weight:||0.78 ounce|
|Details:||In inches - height by width by depth.|
|Mac Support:||MacOS X 10.2.8||Windows Support:||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]".
|Audio Support:||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."|
|Incl. Accessories:||Shipped with "earbud headphones, lanyard, [and a] USB cap."|
|Original Price:||US$99, US$149||Est. Current Retail:||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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