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iMac Revision C Information Page

 

The iMac is the first complete machine that is the result of the "2nd Coming of Jobs" era. Its unique all-in-one futuristic design, speedy processor, low price and excellent marketing has propelled it to become one of the best selling computers of its time. The revision C version of the iMac was released at the January 1999 Macworld in San Francisco, a short 6 months after the initial release of the original iMac. As of the release of version C, Apple has sold over 800,000 units of previous iMac versions. According to Apple 40% of purchasers have been first time computer purchasers and Wintel converts. Sales of the iMac are in large part responsible for the growth of Macintosh market share at this time.

The revision C iMac has a few modest technological improvements over the previous revision. There is a small processor performance boost (from 233Mhz to 266Mhz), a larger hard drive (6GB instead of 4) and the machine come with OS 8.5.1 installed which fixes some bugs in the original release of 8.5. The biggest change with revision C is in its looks. The iMac now comes in 5 Lifesaver colors; strawberry, lime, tangerine, grape and blueberry. In addition Apple dropped the price on the revision C iMacs 8% from the price for the previous version (see sidebar for feature comparison among revision releases). 

Apple is showing that it has really got on the ball again in marketing and generating interest in its products. The changes to the C version are really rather modest in terms of technology, but when combined with the cosmetic changes, the C versions have made quite a big splash. Apple's efforts show just the type of care and nurturing of its product line that had been woefully missing in previous years.

Revision C Software Bundle 

Major Technological Changes
iMac A

G3/233Mhz

ATI Rage IIc
Graphics Controller
2MB VRAM
 
 
 
 

OS 8.1

4GB Hard Drive

Mezzanine Slot

Infrared Port

iMac B

G3/233Mhz

ATI RAGE PRO TURBO 
accelerated 2D/3D 
graphics controller
6MB VRAM

OS 8.5

4GB Hard Drive

Mezzanine Slot

Infrared Port

iMac C

G3/266Mhz

ATI RAGE PRO TURBO 
accelerated 2D/3D 
graphics controller
6MB VRAM

OS 8.5.1

6GB Hard Drive

Mezzanine Slot -removed

Infrared Port - removed

  • AppleWorks 5 
  • FaxSTF from STF Technologies 
  • Quicken Deluxe '98 from Intuit 
  • MetaCreation's Kai's Photo Soap 
  • EdView Internet Safety Kit, Family Edition
  • World Book Macintosh Edition
  • Pangea Software's Nanosaur 
  • Williams & Sonoma Guide to Good Cooking from Broderbund 
  • Microsoft's Internet Explorer & Outlook Express
  • 4.01 Earthlink's, Total Access 2.01 
  • Adobe Pagemill v3.0 (Web Site Builder Software)

As with previous iMacs there is no floppy drive or high-speed SCSI port for connecting external drives. Instead the iMac comes with two, 12Mbps hot-pluggable USB ports and built in high speed 100BASE-T Ethernet. Also included is an internal 56Kbps modem. The iMac has a built-in handle on the back for easy transportation.

Geared for the consumer , school and business market the machine is capable of very little upgradability and is more appropriate for general computer use - it is not the kind of heavy duty machine required by graphics or publishing professionals. The machine comes with a substantial software bundle (see sidebar).



MacBench 5.0 Scores

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