‘Then and Now’ Apple Comparison of the Original iMac to Today’s New Machines

Posted in Apple, Apple News, Mac on 13/10/2015 by Chris Hauk


Apple has posted a new “iMac – Then and Now” page on its website, comparing the original “gumdrop” iMac to the brand-new iMacs that debuted earlier today.

'Then and Now' Apple Comparison of the Original iMac to Today's New Machines


Scrolling through the page, Apple claims that its 2015 hardware can display 14 million more pixels, with graphics running a whopping 62,000 times faster. It’s also said to have 366 times more processing speed, 1,000 times more RAM, and 750 times the storage capacity.

Today’s base 21.5-inch iMac boasts a 3.1-gigahertz Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM, a 1-terabyte hard drive, and an integrated Intel Iris Pro 6200 graphics chip.

'Then and Now' Apple Comparison of the Original iMac to Today's New Machines

The original iMac’s stock configuration was made up of a 233MHz PowerPC 750 processor, a whopping 32 megabytes of RAM, a 4-gigabyte hard drive, (how would we ever fill that up?), and a 13.8-inch 1024×768 display, with graphics powered by a ATI Rage IIc sporting a huge 2 megabytes of memory.

The original iMac also boasted an Ethernet port and a 56K modem, it was also the first to adopt the USB standard, and also dropped the floppy drive in favor of an optical drive. Also of note, it was the first major Apple product released in the wake of Steve Jobs’ triumphant return to Apple.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

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