February 22, 2001: The
iMac Particular Version, sporting customized Flower Energy and Blue
Dalmatian designs, places a wacky face on the iMac G3 pc
that saved Apple’s bacon on the flip of the century.
A far cry from
the super-serious, aluminum-heavy industrial design that may
come to outline Apple, these colorfully patterned Macs are some
of probably the most irreverent computer systems Cupertino ever dreamed up
(c’mon, when was an actual Dalmatian blue?).
Underneath the consciously cheesy exterior hummed a fairly darn nice
Decide your shade, make your selection
Flower Energy and Blue Dalmatian iMacs have been the fruits of
an ultra-colorful vary that additionally included the unique
Bondi Blue iMac G3, in addition to Blueberry, Strawberry, Lime,
Tangerine, Grape, Graphite, Indigo, Ruby, Sage and Snow
Coming at a
time when your typical PC was an unsightly beige or grey field, the
colourful iMac vary proved revolutionary. It tapped into the
identical spirit of individualism that made “Suppose
Completely different” work as a catch phrase, as a result of the thought was
that everybody might select the colour Mac that greatest represented
advertising? Certain. An excellent transfer? Positively.
In some methods, the extra hippie-patterned iMacs have been a enjoyable nod to
Apple’s personal previous, in addition to what was occurring in popular culture
on the time. The 1990s and early 2000s have been stuffed with nostalgia
for the ’60s, very like at this time is full of 1980s-inspired
Steve Jobs all the time described himself, precisely or not, as
being closely impressed by ’60s counterculture — even when it’s
exhausting to think about him having a Flower Energy Mac in his workplace.
The response from common Mac followers was about what you’ll
count on. Not everybody was a fan of the brand new computer systems, however that
wasn’t the purpose. With an reasonably priced $1,199 to $1,499 price ticket
and respectable mid-level specs (500 or 600 MHz PowerPC G3
processor, 64 or 128 MB RAM, 256 KB Degree 2 cache, CD-RW drive
and 15-inch monitor), this was a Mac that would enchantment to the
Not everybody would desire a wacky patterned Mac, however some folks
iMac G3: A recreation changer
As I’ve written earlier than in “At present in Apple historical past,” the
iMac G3 was a recreation changer for Apple. In actual fact, you may make
the argument that it’s the second most vital product Apple
ever made, after the breakthrough
Apple II in 1977. The primary actual collaboration between Jobs
and Jony Ive, the G3 grew to become an enormous business hit at a time
when Apple actually wanted one.
If the iMac G3 had sunk like a stone, there presumably wouldn’t
have been an iPod, iPhone, iPad or any of the opposite
breakthrough Apple merchandise that adopted over the subsequent decade.
The Flower Energy and Blue Dalmatian iMacs in the end didn’t
grasp round for lengthy. They have been discontinued in July, making
means for the iMac
G4 — a private favourite of mine — which shipped in 2002.
What was your favourite shade (or sample) iMac G3? Did you personal
one again within the day? Depart your feedback under.