iMac G4 With Revolutionary Floating Display Announced 20 Years Ago Today

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Apple announcing the iMac G4. Unveiled on January 7, 2002, the iMac G4 featured a unique design with a flat-screen panel mounted on an adjustable arm and a hemisphere base housing the computer’s internal components.

Nicknamed the Lamp or Sunflower, the iMac G4 was innovative for its time as an all-in-one computer with a flat screen that can be moved around freely.

“The new iMac ushers in the age of flat-screen computing for everyone. The CRT display is now officially dead,” said Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs in a press release announcing the iMac G4. “And with its powerful G4 processor and SuperDrive, everyone can now affordably create and burn their own custom DVDs and CDs.”

Key features of the iMac G4 included a 15-inch flat-screen LCD, 700 MHz or 800 MHz PowerPC G4 processor options, a SuperDrive built into the base for CD/DVDs, up to a 60GB hard drive, up to 1GB of RAM, two FireWire ports, and five USB ports.

In his 2002 review of the iMac G4 for Macworld, longtime Apple reporter Jason Snell described the computer as “nothing short of a triumph.”

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Author: Joe Rossignol