G3 iMac Is Sticking Around Awhile

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Before MacWorld there was a lot of talk and speculation about what the future of the iMac would be. According to ThinkSecret.com and a number of other speculators, the G3 iMac was going to slowly make it's exit off Apple's catalogs and take it's place forever in the history books. Although it does seem like they're being set up for termination, the G3 iMac is going to be around for a pretty long time. Why? Because it fills the new nitche which Apple is trying to fit into. Business.

Apple made it known that it was trying to get into the office when it came out with the xserve. Then in the last MacWorld it was further enhanced when Steve boasted how wonderful iCal was and how you can check your work calendar against your home one online and have it all there anytime you need it. Of course that would probably work best if your work computer was a Mac. Apple is using business features like iCal, iSync, and Rendevous to make OSX look more attractive to prospective businesses looking for an easier IT solution than what windowns can provide. Add to all this Appleworks being redone to try and be an alternative to Microsoft Office. Afterall, where is the number one place where MS Office is used? Hint, it's the office.

So in comes the G3 iMac to the rescue. It doesn't have the power of some of it's bigger brothers, but then again, it doesn't need to. It's more than powerful enough to take care of administrative work and spreadsheets, inventory records and the like. It's also small enough to be able to fit comfortably onto the top of a desk and it's cheap enough for any company to afford. The eMac, while powerful and touting a larger screen, is too big for the desk. The new iMac is too expensive. And the powermacs are much too expensive and needlessly too powerful. So hopefully the company, after buying a dozen or so xserves with it's unlimited liscensing ability, will also pick up a couple dozen G3 iMacs.

And of course Apple has just given the old iMac a speed bump and a boost the HD. So the G3 iMac may just see life again, only this time in the office.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,227member
    yeah but it's still considered old tech.



    15' monitor

    slow g3 processor(by todays standards)



    the equiv PC box will be 2.4ghz.



    Perhaps they should expand the eMac to multiple models.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    brunobruinbrunobruin Posts: 552member
    [quote]And of course Apple has just given the old iMac a speed bump and a boost the HD.<hr></blockquote>



    Actually it got a speed DUMP when the G4 iMac was introduced; the top end used to be 700MHz and now (stupidly) it's 600. What they did at Macworld is take away the option of a CD-RW.



    Mind you, I agree -- Apple could probably find buyers for the G3 for a while. It's still a nice little machine. If Apple would bring back the 700MHz chip and replace the Rage with the same 16MB Radeon that's in the iBook (for Quartz Extreme)...
  • Reply 3 of 5
    jrcjrc Posts: 804member
    [quote]Originally posted by hmurchison:

    <strong>yeah but it's still considered old tech.



    15' monitor

    slow g3 processor(by todays standards)



    the equiv PC box will be 2.4ghz.



    Perhaps they should expand the eMac to multiple models.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    That's not a big deal. Our fortune 500 company is just upgrading from 350 and 400 mhz dells to a whopping 800 or 850 Mhz dells. Wow! In the era of 2.2 Ghz, I'd say that fast CPUs don't matter to a company that is very tech driven. And, some people have 15" and 17 " tubes on those PCs. Most people don't care about monitor size/res/quality when you pull up Remote Admin or other such software to check the status of a server. They just care that it WORKS.



    Must be doing something right. Our stock, until the recent slide, is running not too far from three times what it was about two years ago.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    If I were apple, I would let the price come down on the G3 iMacs, and sell them at 400-500 apeice for Cheap cheap cheap workstations. Maybe put gig-ethernet in eventually to sweeten the deal. Office admins would feel pretty good about installing a cube farm full of iMacs with Gig-E at 500 a pop, a couple Xserves in the back, and you've got one happy admin.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    brbr Posts: 8,395member
    [quote]Originally posted by JJester:

    <strong>The eMac, while powerful and touting a larger screen, is too big for the desk.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Wrong. It has the same footprint as the imac.
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