Several sites during the day yesterday, at the time of the launch of the eMac, recalled that in the past Apple has already launched products specifically for the educational world. Few have remembered the G3 All In One, also called the G3 AIO which, due to its characteristics, market target and even design, is the true predecessor of the eMac.
The AIO, an "all in one" computer, was launched at the end of March 1998, a few weeks before the presentation of the iMac. Apple at that time was in a very heavy moment of crisis. Amelio had just left the company, ousted from the board of directors, worried about the confusion that reigned in the sales and product line as well as the precipitous drop in terms of market penetration. Apple was also losing in the educational sector, seriously pursued, for the first time in its history by the PC universe.
It was in light of these considerations that Steve Jobs, then formally only interim CEO but in fact already master of the situation, decided to impose a first turn on the car that was struggling to stay on the road. The tool was the launch only for the American market and only for the educational sector of the G3 All In One, known to the press, in fact, as AIO.
Its design closely resembled that of some Performa from which he inherited the screen and the basic idea. It was larger than its "cousins" aimed at the consumer market and much more equipped in terms of expandability and computing power. The motherboard was the Gossamer used in the G3 with 66 MHz system bus, the processor was just a G3 a 266 MHz, a real novelty since until then the chip was reserved only for Pro range products. With 32 MB of Ram, 24x Cd-ROM, 3 PCI slots, 4 GB disk, 512k second level cache, modem optional and 15-inch screen with resolution up to 1024 × 768, it was an almost dream machine for the educational market and also attractive for the consumer sector.
Apple never sold Artemis, this is the code name, on the traditional market on which the iMac would have debuted in a few months, whose success helped to wipe out the crisis.
The G3 AIO had a very short life. It went out of production in October 1998, seven months after its debut, but it helped to close a flaw while waiting for its successor, the iMac, to become that resounding success that then happened.
Now, with the launch of the eMac, one could almost see a historical nemesis of that dark ancestor of the iMac. AIO gener iMac, iMac generates the iMac LCD which in turn generates the eMac today. The clear relationship in the target market, in the structure, in the market philosophy, even in the design, albeit more modern. It is no coincidence that he who arranges and assembles these genes, the same who gave birth to his predecessor: Steve Jobs.
If in the wake of the philosophy that reads, behind the cold assembly of processors and accessories, a human face to the Mac, we wanted to feel a bit like in an obstetric department, we could not refrain from exclaiming how the eMac "looks like everything to his great-grandfather ”, Our AIO of good memory.