August 31, 2004: Apple announced the iMac G5, a white plastic computer like the world's largest iPod.
A new all-in-one machine is housed in a 2-inch housing reminiscent of Apple's cinema display, with the attractive plasticity of the iconic G3 iMac and the minimal form factor of today's ultra-thin aluminum desktop Fill the gap.
iMac G5: One large panel
Unlike a giant cathode ray monitor and a spherical iMac G3 packed all the internal parts into a sunflower inspired iMac G4 that was built into the base unit, the iMac G5 compressed everything into a single panel.
Today, we are accustomed to a Mac that incorporates a CPU, motherboard, drive, speaker into a monitor of an all-in-one computer. However, in 2004 I had not seen much of it before. (The package became more comprehensive when Apple added an iSight webcam integrated in the final version of iMac G5 the following year.)
Likewise, we have become accustomed to large real estate real estate. But I felt iMac G5's 17 or 20 inch widescreen display choice was incredibly fresh and rich. (It was not the first time for Apple as some iMac G4 models also contained similar 20 inch screens.)
The design inspired by the computer's iPod performed another important function. It consciously combined the new iMac G5 with Apple's most popular products at the time.
The first Apple computer speaks constantly with those who were iMac G5. Apple in 2004 has been a long way since the 1990s, but there were still a lot of people who have taken the first provisional steps to the Apple world.
By making a …