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Apr 12, 2001

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. By the end of 2003, Apple had also released larger 17-inch and 20-inch display sizes.

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

Article Link: iMac G4 With Revolutionary Floating Display Announced 20 Years Ago Today
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macrumors regular
Jun 16, 2011
For a split second, I saw that picture, and thought "they're bringing that design back? Woooooo! Might just be the push I need to get a new Mac!"

Then I saw it was just a historical retrospective, and I turned to the side to look at the still-functional iMac G4 sitting on my bookshelf, and shook my head sadly.

That hovering display was REALLY ergonomic for me, the ability to move it up and down and side-to-side so effortlessly still can't be matched by modern all-in-one designs.


macrumors 68030
Jun 20, 2009
Lincoln, UK
It is a pity the ergonomics of the current iMac are not as good as the G4. The iMac G4 is my favourite computer ever, and was nearly my first Mac, but I got talked out of it by a Mac owner. I have since bought one and although it is slow now as a computer, it is a great music player.


macrumors 6502
Sep 21, 2019
To me it looks like a snow cone.
Apple could do this again, except for where to put the speakers.
EDIT: More specifically a Hostess Snowball.
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Nov 8, 2007
Ah the iLamp. It was my first Mac! I still have it and still works.

It was such a talking point back in the day. I kept it in my living room and used it as a sort of digital jukebox. It was the gateway drug to MacOS for me and the next computer I got was a PowerBook. Mind you, if I'd bought the stock instead of the products I'd long be retired!


Jan 16, 2002
Denver, CO
Still looking good. I'm pretty sure many of the MacRumors forum members are lucky enough to play around with it on here. Consider yourself lucky.

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I gave mine to my mom and she still has it up and running. Tho, 99% (if not 100%) of her digital activity has moved to her iPad. Still, the fact that machine's aesthetic still looks modern (as someone above me posted) is a testament to how forward it was 20 years ago. The iMac line continues to be quite the evolution...
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