In 20 years, from the launch of the iMac G3 to the launch of the iMac Pro, Apple’s flagship line of desktop computers has kept pace with the times, innovatively and in style.
Marketed from 1998 to 2003, the original iMac was a real revolution at its time with its impressive design, transparent, colorful and with rounded shapes, allowing all the components of the computer to be integrated in the same base as the screen. , and its technological choices (abandonment of the floppy drive, generalization of the USB, integration of a modem).
Radical change of design with the arrival, in 2002, of the iMac G4 qualified as “Sunflower” because of its flat notch (from 15 to 20 inches) easily adjustable via an articulated arm and which does not confuse henceforth any more the base of the 'computer. This new generation of all-in-one computer therefore slices with the previous one, with a more powerful processor (the PowerPC G4), more RAM (up to 256 MB of RAM) and a much larger hard drive (up to 80 GB).
Appeared in 2004, the iMac G5 (again named after the processor it ships) adopts a new look with this time an imposing flat screen of 17 20 inches barely 5 cm thick and in which all the computer components are new integrated, including the CD / DVD-Rom drive.
In 2006, it was a revolution since the iMac was equipped for the first time with an Intel chip (Core Duo then Core 2 Duo). Its appearance varies little from the iMac G5, with its white polycarbonate case and its 17 and 20 inch screen sizes.
Bigger, more stylish and always more powerful, the iMac Aluminum makes its debut in summer 2007. As the name suggests, the case of the iMac is now made of aluminum, with a glass slab to protect the screen which can now reach 24 inches. The computer gains in power with a new processor but also in storage space (from 250 GB) and in RAM (1 GB).
iMac 16: 9
Marketed in 2009, this new iMac is for the first time monohull (“Unibody”) and it adopts a notch in 16: 9 format, available in 21.5 or 27 inches.
In late 2012, Apple introduced a new iMac with much thinner edges but an overall appearance similar to the previous one. It is also the first iMac capable of hosting an SSD, faster and more resistant than a conventional hard drive.
In 2014, Apple offered a spectacular iMac Retina 5K (5,120 2,880 pixels) in a 27-inch version. A year later, a 21.5-inch iMac Retina 4K (3,840 2,160 pixels) will be released. These two new features are also an opportunity for Apple to integrate new AMD Radeon sign graphics cards in place of traditional nVidia chips.
It’s finally in 2017 that Apple announced the iMac Pro, "the most powerful Mac ever." If it differs from its predecessors by its darker color, it is above all its technical sheet which surprises with its 5K screen, an 8-core processor clocked at 3.2 GHz and the possibility of configuring it with up to 32 GB of RAM and a 4 TB SSD.