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iMac

Apple's primary desktop computer. The iMac is an "all-in-one," which houses the computer, drives and monitor in the same case. With up to 256GB of RAM and 4TB of storage, the iMacs are available with 21.5" 2K or 4K screens. In 2017, Apple debuted a high-end iMac (see iMac Pro).

Apple also makes two computers with separate monitors: a mini desktop (see Mac mini) and workstation (see Mac Pro).

A Thousand Times More RAM
Debuting in 1998, 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 a Retina 5K display was configurable with up to a thousand times more RAM and 700 times more storage. It was also the first desktop computer with a 5K monitor. See Mac computer, iBook, MacBook and eMac.


The First - Available in 13 Colors and No Floppy
iMacs caused a stir as the first personal computer without a floppy disk. At USD $1,299, it was featured as a low-priced Internet machine ("i" in iMac). All fitted in one case, it harked back to the first Mac in 1984 (see Mac computer). Also avant garde, the serial and Apple ports gave way to USB (see Apple Desktop Bus). Although it had a convenient carrying handle (top), the machine weighed 35 pounds. More than five million were sold before Apple switched to flat screens in 2001. Like all Macs of the era, iMacs used PowerPC chips (see PowerPC).


The First - Available in 13 Colors and No Floppy
iMacs caused a stir as the first personal computer without a floppy disk. At USD $1,299, it was featured as a low-priced Internet machine ("i" in iMac). All fitted in one case, it harked back to the first Mac in 1984 (see Mac computer). Also avant garde, the serial and Apple ports gave way to USB (see Apple Desktop Bus). Although it had a convenient carrying handle (top), the machine weighed 35 pounds. More than five million were sold before Apple switched to flat screens in 2001. Like all Macs of the era, iMacs used PowerPC chips (see PowerPC).







They Got Thinner
When LCD screens became affordable, the iMac shrunk considerably. Still running 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.
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