iMac


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

iMac

Apple's primary desktop computer. The iMac is an "all-in-one" that houses the computer and drives within the flat panel monitor case. Since their debut in 1998, iMacs have been extremely popular.

Apple also makes two computers with stand-alone monitors: a mini desktop model (see Mac mini) and a high-end unit (see Mac Pro).

What, No Floppy?
In 1998, the iMac caused a stir as the first personal computer without a floppy drive. With everything contained in the CRT cabinet, the iMac debuted as a low-priced Internet-ready machine (the "i" in iMac). It also replaced the serial port and Apple's keyboard/mouse port (see ADB) in favor of USB.

A Thousand Times More RAM
The first iMac came with 32MB RAM, a 4GB hard disk, CD-ROM drive and dial-up modem. Only the RAM was upgradable. Sixteen years later, the 2014 iMac with Retina 5K display was configurable with up to a thousand times more RAM and 700 times more storage than the first iMac. It was also the first desktop computer with a 5K monitor. See Macintosh, iBook, MacBook and eMac.


The First iMac
Available in 13 colors, the first iMacs harked back to the original Mac that was completely housed in one cabinet. More than five million CRT-based iMacs were sold before Apple switched to LCD screens in 2001. Like all Mac models in that time frame, the first iMacs used PowerPC chips (see Mactel).







They Got Thinner
When LCD screens became affordable, the iMac shrunk considerably. Still going strong in 2014, this 2003 model had eight times the memory and 20 times the hard disk space of the first iMac.







Then Razor Thin
In late 2012, ultra-thin (at the edge) iMacs were introduced, and just as the first iMacs eliminated the floppy, the 2012 models dropped the CD/DVD drive.
References in periodicals archive ?
IMAC 07-001 16 Oct to 18 Dec 06 IMAC 07-002 26 Mar to 24 May 07 IMAC 07-003 09 Jul to 07 Sep 07 IMAC 08-001 15 Oct to 18 Dec 07 IMAC 08-002 24 Mar to 22 May 08 IMAC 08-003 14 Jul to 12 Sep 08
IMAC has partnered with their clients to protect people and property both during times of crisis and regular business operations.
In addition, among other distinguished members, the IMAC panel includes three former Chief Judges of the United States District Courts as well as the former Presiding Judge of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Four and the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.
Additionally, IMAC Consulting Group specialists have extensive experience in crisis-response planning and crisis management, specifically relating to weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
While this may be the prettiest all-in-one you can keep on the desk at your house or your cubicle or store (I see a lot of iMacs at small stores), it will actually be the display that you spend the most time looking at.
Because the new iMacs will be in Rizzardi's classroom instead of the campus computer lab, art students will have greater access to them, Dan said.
Poole makes a good point: The quad-core Mac Mini is not only faster than the 2012 iMacs running on Intel's i5 processor, but the (http://store.
This formed the basis of the mathematics enrichment classes now taught at IMACS centers.
While Apple describes the display of both the 24-inch and 20-inch iMacs as though they were interchangeable, the monitors in each are of radically different technology.
Days after the 2012 iMacs were unveiled, Tim Cook predicted this extensive manufacturing process would affect delivery times.
IMaCS is a division of Accuro Healthcare Solutions, a premier provider of business technology for healthcare.
Nasdaq:ZHNE), the first company dedicated to building total-delivery solutions for voice, data and content services worldwide, announced today the introduction of the IMACS 200 to its existing IMACS product line.