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Apple iMac G3 (Grape)

Apple iMac G3 (Grape)

Speed333 MHz
Memory32 MB
Hard Drive5.86  GB

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Release Date: 4/18/1999
Manufacturer: Apple
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$1,199.00
$1,718.46*
 
Donated By: John and Grace Sherratt
 
One of the newest computers in the museum, the iMac G3 runs at 333 MHz - easily 6 times faster than its closest competitor here, and over 300 times faster than the slowest machines. The standard model comes with 64 MB of RAM and a 6 GB Hard drive. Certainly small by today's standards, this machine can still run almost the latest version of Apple's Mac OSX (with some minor upgrades) and can surf the net easily and even play 3D games with its built in ATI graphics technology. This series of Mac's will be well remembered by the advertising campaign starring Jeff Goldblum.

Original price: $1199 USD.


User Comments
Katie Cadet on Friday, August 18, 2017
I have one of those iMacs, but in a different colour and a later release. Mine is an Indigo iMac G3 (2000, 350MHz), and the G3 iMacs are capable of running Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Mac OS 9 would be the best choice if you want to play some games prior to 2001. Mac OS X games such as StarFlyers Alien Space Chase, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego v4.0, Jazz Jackrabbit 2, Freeverse 3D Crazy Eights, and The Incredible Machine Even More Contraptions can also be played on Mac OS 9 because they are Carbonized. You can also run 68k based games such as Sailor Moon and her Sailor Scouts Computer Fun Set, Colours and Shapes with Hickory, and Science Shop with Monker because... well... a lot of them work on Mac OS 9 (but some require a little tweaking). Most of the iMac G3s are capable of playing QuickTime video (version 6.0.3 of QuickTime would probably be the best one out there!) without any dropouts or freezes if you max out the memory (I have my iMac G3 maxed out to 1 GB of RAM! Wow!). Other benefits of maxing out the memory on an iMac G3 is the ability to play certain 3D games better than ever such as Sierra/Papyrus' NASCAR Racing for Macintosh (you have the PC versions on display, right?). The slot-loading iMac G3s tend to have a buggy CD-ROM drive, so an external USB CD drive could be very handy! There are some other games and productivity software that work on Mac OS 9 flawlessly, some fat binary some Classic PowerPC-only, such as Mission Masters Math Grade 3, Sid Meier's Civilization II, Crosscountry Canada Platinum, Rebirth RB-338 v2.0, DiAMAR's Dragon in a Wagon and A Colour Clown Comes to Town, The Land Before Time Kindergarten Adventure, the list goes on! Using NativeChecker, a freeware utility for checking whether if the game or application is a 68k-only, PowerPC-only, or Fat Binary, will certainly do the trick, then I know which is which so that I can get backwards compatibility with my older Macintosh computers that I have in my collection. I know back in 2011, you decided to donate your various iMac G3s to children in your city, they liked it! But sadly, this is possibly one of the remaining iMac G3s you have, and that is the grape one, but the speed of the processors (333MHz compared to 350MHz) have a similarity between the 1999 and 2000 models. Steve Jobs thought up of those cool colourful All-in-One Desktops in 1998, and it's the first to have USB, the first to have Mac OS 8.1 bundled, the first to be the rebirth of Apple, and the first to have the infamous hockey puck mouse! Sadly, Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, but the iMac G3s are certainly a great piece of history of all Apple computers! And believe me, my cousin remembers having one of those colourful iMacs, and I bought one of those in April 2016! Wild, eh?
DrOmni on Sunday, February 09, 2014
Man I would love to get myself one of these... Too bad I don't live in Ontario
Richard McCrone on Thursday, January 19, 2012
I got one of these for free about a week ago, I am doing a reseach project on the computers from the 80's and decided to look up mine (which is this) now i see and i cant belive!
Josh on Thursday, January 10, 2008
Love The Original Imacs
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