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May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: May 06, 2018 10:21AM


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May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3, the brightly colored, translucent computer that will help save Apple.

Ten months after Jobs’ new management team takes over, the iMac loudly announces that the days of Apple quietly fading into the background are over.


The iMac was a computer from a good planet
It’s difficult to overstate just how different the iMac looked when compared to other computers at the time. Next to the gray or beige boxes built by rivals, it really stood out.

“It looks like it’s from another planet,” Jobs said at the time. “A good planet. A planet with better designers.”


The designer responsible for the iMac G3 was Jony Ive, then just 31 years old. Ive had been at Apple for several years before Jobs’ return, but he was on the verge of quitting. Instead, he found so much in common with Jobs that his planned resignation turned into the pair developing a breakthrough new machine.






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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: tenders
Date: May 06, 2018 10:43AM
But there will never be any excuse for that stupid circular mouse. Hard to hold, awkward to use, contorted wrists in unpleasant ways over time. And the cord was subject to flex damage. I didn’t think much of the keyboard either.
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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: Rolando
Date: May 06, 2018 10:51AM
I think the mouse was counter-experience. It was meant to be held differently from how everybody had held mice previously.

But, Yeah, I hated it too! I got Wallstreet Powerbook a month before the iMac came out. (For the same price I could have gotten a TAM on closeout!!!)



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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: May 06, 2018 11:21AM
decommissioned my beige G3 a few years ago..only after the Linocolor/Heidelberg SCSI scanner it was driving bit the big one..all in all, that Beige box was a friggin amazing machine.
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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: Ammo
Date: May 06, 2018 01:32PM
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Kraniac
decommissioned my beige G3 a few years ago..only after the Linocolor/Heidelberg SCSI scanner it was driving bit the big one..all in all, that Beige box was a friggin amazing machine.

Mine is sitting in the basement. I copied a bunch of old files off the Zip drive a couple of months ago.



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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: sekker
Date: May 06, 2018 02:29PM
A compromise machine, but still important. Brought USB to the masses, eliminated ADB and SCSI.

Keyboard was poor, mouse one of the worst Apple products - ever - , and the iMac had no easy way to backup the internal drive (no SCSI or Firewire, included USB was pretty slow).

We waited until firewire was added, purchased plastic covers to make the mouse useful, and lived with the keyboard when version C was released.

My FIL still uses that an older G3 iMac to play Triple Yahtzee...



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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: May 06, 2018 03:15PM
Dang! I wanted one of those so bad when they came out! I couldn't swing it financially at the time, so I waited and snagged an eMac instead. It took that long before I could justify the expense, and the eMac had more bang for the buck by the time I could pull the trigger.

The eMac still resides in my wood shop, and boots faithfully whenever I fire it up.



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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: gabester
Date: May 06, 2018 03:52PM
I remember sitting in a university media lab watching the WWDC via satellite feed, through a 9500's AV card. An AV card which I used to capture some of said video feed, and post to our MUG (remember those - Mac Users Groups?) webserver, which was subsequently brought down by heavy traffic as I was apparently the first to post a picture of the iMac to the internet.

I remember the heady days a few months later when they shipped for users to pick up their iMacs first thing at midnight.
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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: May 06, 2018 04:07PM
I think I had mine by September that year. If only I'd purchased Apple stock instead....ughh. I did eventually get a Sharebuilder account and start buying AAPL, but if I'd started in '98 I'd be retired now.



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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: May 06, 2018 04:18PM
I was impressed by the machine, but torn between buying stock in Apple, or buying a computer made by Apple. I chose to drop $3000 on a computer, printer, scanner, and a nice set of speakers with a subwoofer for the computer. If I'd instead dropped $3000 on Apple stock and held on to those shares and reinvested the dividends...I'd have $518,599.87 today. No joke.

I'm not bitter. Over the years I've sold some of my shares for a home downpayment, I bought a car, I probably have about 1/4 of the shares I would otherwise have, but the value is less than you'd think because of when they were purchased.



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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: bhaveshp
Date: May 06, 2018 07:20PM
I waited and got an iMac DV (with DVD drive) in 1999.

Here it is hooked up to the stereo to play tunes for our Y2K party!

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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: mikebw
Date: May 07, 2018 02:06PM
Good old Bondi Blue!

I had a beige G3 desktop too, for YEARS. Tons of upgrades. Awesome machine.
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Re: May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3
Posted by: Robert M
Date: May 07, 2018 06:17PM
Hi everyone,

Can I be the first to say I despised the iMac as well as the keyboard and mouse Apple shipped with them? The EMac was bearable and good enough that I actually bought one when I found it for a fair price. IMac Never wanted one then and still wouldn't buy one under normal circumstances now. The only reason we have one at my office is that, dollar for dollar, it was the best bang for the buck at the time we needed the new machine.

Robert
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