With the new iMac, one could buy a true digital hub (to use Apples parlance) where software and hardware worked in concert to empower a computer user to an extent unseen since the launch of the original Mac in 1984. And you could only get that experience with a Mac.
A movable legacy
The iMac G4 sold very well, and it held the consumer desktop torch with style until the launch of the comparatively homely iMac G5 two years later. In the mean time, the G4 iMac received occasional speed and capacity boosts, as well as notable display size upgradesfirst with a widescreen 17-inch model and even a 20-inch edition that landed in late 2003.
Despite continued evolution of the iMac line in the past decade, a dedicated group of fans still swear by their iMac G4s to this day, and this author doesnt blame them. Somehow I suspect I am not the only iMac G4 owner who longs for an official, high-powered update in the shape of the iMac G4s endearing flower pot design. After all, its a design that still looks amazing and completely modern ten years later.
Benj Edwards is a freelance writer who specializes in computer and video game history. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to vintage technology.