All-in-One Macintosh Three Times As Fast As Current iMac And Costing $500 Forecast For 2nd Quarter Of 2000

By Mike Juhaus

First a little history......

A Family Tree Of Consumer Package and All-in-One Macintoshes

Performa 6300/100
Introduced September 1995
Discontinued October 1996
Price: $2,799
MacBench 4.0 Processor Score: 134
PowerMac 5500/225
Introduced February, 1997
Price: $1,899
Performance: 133% faster than the Performa 6300**

G3/233 All-in-One
Introduced: April 1998
Discontinued: September 1998
Price: $1,599
Performance: 138% faster than the PowerMac 5500/225**
iMac Revision "A" G3/233
Introduced: August, 1998
Discontinued: October, 1998
Price: $1,299
Performance: Same performance as All-in-One**
iMac G3/266 Revision "C"
Introduced: January, 1999
Discontinued: N/A
Price: $1,199
Performance: 15% faster than iMac G3/233**
iMac G4/500 Revision "E"
Forecast Introduction: May, 2000
Price: $500
Performance: 200% faster than the iMac G3/266**

Due to customer frustration at having to pick just one color
Apple returns to a traditional coloring scheme.

iMac "E" Coming Into Focus
2nd Quarter 2000

**Comparative performance is based on processor capability alone and does not take into account FPU, graphics or hard drive performance improvements which have and will continue to improve exponentially .

Now that we have dispensed with the history onto the crack analysis and forecasting ........



Mike is a freelance writer and writes occasional articles for MacSpeedZone

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