Which Mac had the most Awe Factor at the time of release?

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  1. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Which Mac do you think had the most awe factor when it was released? I think it would be the first PowerMac G5. That was really, really cool when that big bad boy came out.

    I notice lots of people are saying iMac G4. I didn't know/care about Apple when that one was released, which is why I chose the PMG5, which is more recent.
     
  2. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    iMac...hands down. Probably the most important machine for Apple... and the rest of us.
     
  3. colocolo macrumors 6502

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    It would have to be the SE/30 for me... though it's obvious that it didn't have the massive impact that the iMac had (different times).
     
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    g4 iMac (the lamp!), I'm basing this on those uber cool pixar commercials. My first mac was gonna be a lamp, but then they released the butt ugly pizza box that is the current iMac design.

    Of course the cube is/was pretty sweet too.
     
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    The B&W G3. Towers had been beige for far too long!!
     
  8. jamdr macrumors 6502a

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    probably the cube

    but the iMac or B&W G3 are other possibilities. I was also pretty damned awed by the TiBook when it first came out just because it had such clean lines.
     
  9. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    i say titanium powerbook g4. a super computer that's only one inch thin! and jeff goldblum. gotta love him. :)
     
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    Personally: iMac G4. That thing was (is) a work of art.

    However, I remember when the Cube was released, even PC users were drooling over it.



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    These come to mind:
    - Mac SE
    - MacII
    - TAM
    - iMac G3
    - iMac G4
    - Titanium PB

    As for sales, I think that the iMac G3 was one of most popular.
     
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    I wasn't born yet then but it seems like the original Macintosh would have been since it was so different from anything else that had previously been available.
     
  13. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    another vote for the iMac G4. chalk it up on the big board.

    this is a good question for a poll.
     
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    i vote g4 imac as well. i remember news stories talking about its "radical" design when it was released. i still think they look neat...
     
  16. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    iMac G4, G4 Cube, and I really like the G3 iBook for some reason.. even over the G4 iBook and MacBook. Hmmmm...

    but yeah, we should just leave it at iMac G4 and lock the thread :p
     
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    For its impact on Apple, its use of unusual materials and its rejection of legacy ports, I reckon the original iMac has to be one of the most dramatic introductions.

    I'd include the IIfx as one of the most awe-inspiring at time of introduction though. Especially the price.
     
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    Original iMac G3, then PowerBook G4, iMac G4, then the PowerMac G5.

    In that order.
     
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    No one seems to be mentioning TangerineBooks and such. Now, I don't know how popular they were, but that sure was different than any other laptop ever made...
     
  21. Zwhaler thread starter macrumors 603

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    But those were released alongside the iMac G3's I think, which is why more people are sayinh those :)
     
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    Maybe it's just because I'm old enough to distinctly remember computing (from a student/hobbyist/professional use POV) for about ten years by that time, but the original 128K Mac was not just an awe factor, but a HOLY FREAKING S**T! factor.

    Keep in mind, we'd been staring at nothing but command line (which was a HUGE improvement over binary displays) on green or amber displays to that point. To see an all-in-one design in a form factor that nobody had imagined (with the case interior autographed, for cripes sake!), a greyscale display, the first practical GUI (up to then, X-Tree Gold was da bomb!), 3-1/2 inch floppies (which we all declared would doom the new machine, who on earth published on anything but 5-1/4 or cassette, anyway?), this funky little mouse, MacWrite, MacPaint, free OS, and more.

    This was a revolutionary machine, that defined everything else to follow. As great as they've gotten and as they will be, since then they're "still" just better Macs. Nothing as earth-shaking as that little putty-colored cube. That's why I still mourn the Newton, love the iPod, and can't wait for the iPhone.
     
  23. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

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    Definately the cube, it was soo small, it had no fan (perfectly quiet).
     
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    17" Powerbook with backlight display had people drooling in their seats.
     

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