Windows remains the top OS among traditional PCs. The Mac remains a profitable niche platform. More smartphones and tablets are sold each year than PCs. 5,918 days ago, all the talk among PC folk and Apple’s diminishing number of faithful was… drum roll… the diminutive new iMac.
Fast forward 5,918 days from when the candy-coated translucent iMac was launched, and what’s all the talk about today? The new iMac. Specifically, the iMac Retina 5K display version, still an all-in-one, but far less diminutive than yesteryear’s model.
What’s remarkable about this new device beyond the 14.7-million pixel uber color display, is the price. If my memory serves me well, the original Mac came with a hamster-powered CPU, a floppy disk drive, a black and white 9-inch screen with just over 175-thousand pixels, and the whole package– with MacWrite and MacPaint– was priced at $2,495, $4 less than today’s hottest Mac.
Today’s iMac Retina 5K version comes with a 3.5GHz quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB fusion drive, a graphics GPU with 2GB of memory, and a humongous screen with more than 14.7-million pixels, not to mention Mail, Contacts, Calendar, FaceTime, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and much more.
$2,495 vs. $2,499.
The original iMac, though, had a 13.8-inch display (a whopping 786,432 pixels), 4GB hard disk drive, 384MB of RAM, and weighed in at just over 40-pounds, nearly double the weight of 2014 27-inch iMac Retina 5K display model.
My, how things have changed.
Personal computing today consists of desktop PCs, notebooks, smartphones, and tablets. And the most profitable and valuable technology company on planet earth is… drum roll… Apple. And we’re still talking about the Mac.