Next up in our #VintageComputers series is the iMac G4 from Apple Computers. An adjustable arm, mounted to a white hemisphere controlled the movement of the LCD screen. The computer also featured a full size tray loading optical drive and fourth-generation PowerPC G4 74xx-series processor. The hard drive, motherboard etc. were placed in the dome instead of the screen, as Apple does with current iMacs, because the internal parts at that time would have been too heavy.
The Apple iMac G4 was nicknamed the iLamp as the adjustable arm mimicked that of a desk lamp. The G4 or iLamp shared physical similarities with that of “Luxo Jr.” from Pixar, one of Job’s side projects. Commercials for the G4 included the computer’s adjustable arm reacting to pedestrians by following them as they passed, and when a man stuck out his tongue at the end, the G4 reacted by opening its optical drive.
The Apple iMac G4 came with the following specs:
- 700 MHz to 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4
- 128 MB to 256 MB SDRAM
- Up to 4× SuperDrive
- Up to 80 GB Hard Drive
- Up to nVidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM