The iMac G3 Project

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In April 2016, I acquired every color of iMac G3. All 13: Bondi, Blueberry, Lime, Tangerine, Strawberry, Grape, Graphite, Sage, Ruby, Indigo, Snow, Blue Dalmation and Flower Power.1

(My Lime is missing its little port-covering door. Such is life.)

The iMac G3 is a fascinating computer. It was the tool Steve Jobs used to help bring Apple back from the brink. It defined a generation of consumer electronics.

Here’s a complete list here of what I’ve done with these machines:

General Information

All 13 colors of iMac G3 →
A short movie of me documenting my collection:

Photos from the shoot can be downloaded here. Additional images can be found in this post.

iMac G3 TV ads →
Apple loves a good TV ad, and the iMac G3 got a whole slew of them during its lifetime.

The iMac G3 Clones →
Two companies built all-in-one PCs so close to the iMac’s design that Apple sued.

To read a whole lot more about this very important little computer, check out my complete iMac G3 archive. If you want to know more about that time in Apple’s history, including the development of Mac OS X, check out my book on the subject, Aqua and Bondi.

History of the iMac G3

iMac G3 Family Tree →
An explainer video walking though the six generations of CRT-based iMacs:

April 1998: The Bondi Blue iMac →
A breakdown of the original iMac keynote. Don’t miss the product video.

January 1999: The Five Flavors →
A look at the second major generation of iMac G3, introduced in five fun colors.

October 1999: iMac, iMac DV, iMac DV Special Edition →
In the fall of 1999, Apple split the line into good/better/best models and introduced iMovie for the first time.

July 2000: The Splintering of the iMac G3 line →
Apple went from three to four iMac G3 models and everyone’s head exploded.

February 2001: The iMac G3 goes psychedelic →
Enter Blue Dalmatian and Flower Power.

Summer 2001: The Final iMac G3s →
The end of the line for an amazing family of computers.

Podcast Episodes

Simple Beep #39: The iMac G3 →
On this episode of the Simple Beep podcast, Ed, Brian and I get real deep into the detailed history of the various revisions Apple made to the iMac. Think of it as an extended version of that YouTube video above.

Upgrade #91: iMac Special →
On this special episode of Upgrade, I join Jason Snell and Myke Hurley to discuss the original iMac, and the world of tech in 1998.