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With the release of the stunning new iMac, Apple has drawn up a timeline documenting the monumental computer’s rise to fame. It’s no secret that the Cupertino-based company was on the verge of going under before Steve Jobs came back on board in 1996. Today, Apple Inc. is the largest publicly-traded corporation in the world with an estimated value of $626 billion. The company owes this unprecedented growth to their line of iMac computers which allowed them to expand and focus on other markets such as consumer electronics.

Take a look below for a brief history of the iconic computer’s evolution over the years.

The first iMac, the iMac G3, was introduced in 1998 and was the first computer to  exclusively offer USB ports as standard. Originally released in Bondi blue, the line later developed another 12 colors bringing individuality to personal computing.

The next major redesign came in 2002 with the iMac G4 and featured a 15-inch LCD mounted on an adjustable arm above a hemisphere containing the computer’s essentials. A dramatic shift from the G3’s design, the G4 would hint at the future of contemporary computer design.

The next logical step, of course, was the iMac G5 in 2004 which managed to incorporate the PowerPC 970 into an all-in-one design with all of the main logic board and optical drive mounted directly behind the LCD panel.

Following a few more models over the years, all equally impressive upon their release, the newest iMac is unarguably their most stunning yet. Besides a phenomenal design, the new computer boasts third generation Intel quad-core processors, powerful NVIDIA graphics, and an innovative new storage option called Fusion Drive.

The company’s gift for design is undeniable as it seems impossible to design a computer more enjoyable to look and work on. We’re always looking forward to their next release but for now the new iMac is more than enough.


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Brock Cardiner is Highsnobiety's LA Editorial Director. He oversees Highsnobiety's editorial initiatives on the West Coast.