Ode to the iMac G4


Just created a gallery over at Flickr in honor of my favorite Macintosh, the iMac G4.

Enjoy. I sure did.

[Image courtesy of Splorp: http://www.flickr.com/photos/splorp/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 He gets thumbnail-of-my-gallery honors.]


  1. When I worked as a Mac Genius the iMac G4 was my favorite machines to work on. So peculiar, so innovative so Apple. My fascination was all about the little things.

    -The 17lbs. of pressure Torx screws securing the bottom.
    – The split power supply that when removed we would hang around a Genius’ neck while he worked.
    – The five thin white plastic straws that concealed the cables from the neck. (One of them was actually hollow to preserve the illusion of a five spoked wheel design when viewed from above.)
    – The white sticker covering the hard drive manufacturing label so when a user looked down through the cooling vents all they saw was white. (Supposedly a remedy proposed so that Steve could not see the ugly hard drive label when he reviewed the product.)

    I definitely like the 15″ model best. It was the easiest to get the display apart. (It had the most screws and the least plastic snaps.) Apple would provide special styrofoam cradles to position the iMac G4 in while working on it. The 20″ model was so dis proportionate and it’s base was so heavy to balance the weight of the display.

    Oh the memories.

  2. Those are all great “little things.”

    My fascination started back in college. I remember when it came out, I thought, “Golly, there’s a computer I’d like to own.”

    That’s interesting about the 20″ model, because I was thinking about getting one. Maybe I’ll compromise and get the 17″.

  3. I thought you already owned one? I have a coupe if you are interested. I will have to check which ones work, and which don’t. Shipping is probably pricey, but that is all you would have to pay.

  4. I had one, but sold it to buy my new iMac. It was a 15″ 800 MHz model.

    And heck yeah, I’m interested. Let me know what you have.

  5. I have a 17″ and a 15″ model. I will have to check the specs. Both are in relatively good condition, but neet hard drive replacements that I can do. My friend keeps them as trophies above his desk. et me see what they are exactly and I will get back to you.

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