In early January 2002, Apple introduced a major design update to the iconic original iMac design. Previously the iMac was an all-in-one CRT-based design available in translucent and transparent colors and designs. The new 2002 design remained an all-in-one computer, but used a half-sphere white base, a chrome adjustable arm, and a “floating” flat-panel display.
Apple described the design in a press release:
“Apple today unveiled the all-new iMac, redesigned from the ground up around a stunning 15-inch LCD flat screen that floats in mid-air—allowing users to effortlessly adjust its height or angle with just a touch.”
The 2002 iMac was available in 15- and 17-inch models. This 24 x 36 inch poster depicts the 15-inch iMac on a white background and adds a reflection under the base. The text is printed in Apple Garamond, “The new iMac. Macworld San Francisco 2002.” and is followed by a gray Apple logo.
Also notable, this iMac has a screen showing Mac OS X. The icons in the Dock include Finder, Mail, Microsoft Internet Explorer, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, AppleWorks, Sherlock, QuickTime Player, System Preferences, and Trash. The inclusion of iMovie and iDVD underscored the addition of the SuperDrive “for playing and burning custom CDs and DVDs” as standard equipment on this iMac.
Although this poster (and the iMac itself) used the Apple Garamond font, later versions of this iMac design would switch to the Apple Myriad font.
Mac OS X Jaguar (version 10.2) was the third major release of Mac OS X, but it was arguably the first version that was intended for a wide audience.
Apple took the opportunity in this release to publicly acknowledge that “Jaguar” was the operating system’s code name and used the name in marketing. Further, the OS release artwork featured a detailed rendering of jaguar skin meant to highlight the enhanced graphics rendering technology built in to the architecture.
Jaguar was a paid upgrade for $129, except Apple offered a “X for Teachers” program that provided the OS for free to educators.
The box refers to the following “Featured technologies:”
My collection of Apple CD and DVD media includes operating systems, applications, software collections that shipped with devices, promotional media, diagnostic tools, and educational content. In general, Apple-branded CD or DVD examples in original packaging have been presented separately, while single discs or collections of discs are presented chronologically.
Apple CDs from 2002 include:
Mac OS X v10.2 Install Disc 2 (Version 10.2, 2Z691-3705-A, 2002)
Getting Started with Mac OS X version 10.2 Self-Paced & Practice Files (691-4118-A, 2002)
AppleWorks 6 Education Version [Mac OS 8.1 or later (built for Mac OS X) and Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP, Version 6.2.4, 691-3659-A, 2002]
Software Bundle (603-2348-A, iBook Media, 2002)
iBook Mac OS 9 Install (Mac OS version 9.2.2, CD version 2.1, 691-3996-A, 2002)
Software Bundle (603-2787-A, iBook Media, 2002)
eMac OS X Install Disc 1 (Mac OS version 10.3.3, CD version 1.0, 2Z691-4926-A, 2002)
eMac OS X Software Restore 9 of 9 (Mac OS X applications, Classic support, CD version 1.0, 2Z691-4933-A, 2002)
Software Bundle (603-5097, eMac Media, 2002)
Apple shipped CD bundles in cardboard envelope packages in 2002. Since each computer required a different number of CDs, various envelope sizes were used to accommodate the number of CDs. A white envelope with a light gray Apple logo is used in this example.
AppleCare is Apple’s name for extended warranty and technical support plans for its devices. In general, Apple hardware has included a one-year limited warranty and 90 days of technical support by telephone. For an additional cost, AppleCare extended warranty coverage and technical support extends the length and expands the coverage.
When introduced, AppleCare included this packaged CD containing hardware tests that might be used to help diagnose a problem during phone support. This version is from 2002 and matched the design of other boxed software Apple sold at the time.
The Power Macintosh G4/1.0 GHz was nicknamed “Quicksilver” because of its new silver color and its significant speed upgrades from the previous graphite G4 model. Internally, it included dual 1.0 GHz PowerPC 7450 (or 7455) G4 processors, 512 MB RAM, an 80 GB hard drive, and a wireless connection was available with the addition of an optional AirPort (802.11b) card. A few Quicksilver models were available with different levels of processors, drive capacities, and RAM options.
The front of the Power Macintosh G4 “Quicksilver” was opaque silver (replacing translucent plastics of previous designs). The top included spaces for two optical drives. This example includes a DVD-ROM drive in the top space and no device in the lower space. Below the optical drives was the power button, and two additional smaller buttons—reset and “interrupt” buttons—both used to recover from system-level issues. The bottom-center features a prominent chrome-finished speaker (without a protective grille).
The ports on the back included stacked headphone and line-out speaker 3.5 mm jacks; a modem (telephone) port; one ethernet port; two FireWire (400) ports; and two USB ports. Five slots were also available. This model included slot 1 with a standard VGA port and a proprietary ADC (Apple Display Connector) port, while slots 2–5 are unused.
The right side of the tower included a latch with a circular rubberized grip that allowed the entire side of the tower to be opened on a hinge, revealing and providing relatively easy access to all internal components. Plug-in slots (such as video, memory, and wireless) were attached to the hinged side, while components such as drives and fans remained attached to the internal metal frame of the tower.
The four corners of this tower serve as feet and/or handles. They are cast in crystal clear acrylic.
This Speaker Grille for the Power Mac G4 “mirrored drive doors” model was included to protect its single front speaker. The previous Power Mac G4 (“Quicksilver”) included a similar speaker design, but the speaker was located at the bottom-center of the tower and no grille was included. The Power Mac G4 “mirrored drive doors” design had four air vents across the bottom in the same position of the speaker on the “Quicksilver” design.
The manual references the speaker grill twice:
On page 11, “Don’t put anything in the recessed speaker opening except the optional speaker grille. Touching the speaker can damage it.”
And on page 15, “Speaker—Use the recessed internal speaker to hear sound from the computer. Take care not to let anything touch the fragile speaker mechanism. To protect the speaker from damage, a speaker grille is included with your computer. However, you’ll receive better sound quality without the grille.”
This magnetic poetry set was released along with Mac OS X version 10.2, Jaguar. Its magnetic words are a combination of Apple products and short words, punctuation-based emoji, and symbols. The outer Jaguar-fur-pattern frame can also serve as a magnetic photo frame.
The poetry magnet set measures 6.75×5.25 inches. I have seven of these in my collection (the poetry pieces remain unseparated).
Apple has offered a suite of online tools in various iterations over the years. Apple’s first online suite was called iTools (2000–2002), followed by .Mac (pronounced “dot Mac,” 2002–2008), MobileMe (2008–2012), and finally (for now) iCloud released on June 30, 2012.
When the .Mac service was released, it included an email service (with both POP and IMAP), a personal web hosting service called HomePage, an online file storage system called iDisk, and the iCards online greeting card service.
This t-shirt commemorates the release of .Mac (stylized as “.mac”). It is white with a .Mac logo in the left-pocket area and includes a black Apple logo in the back center. The t-shirt brand is Hanes Beefy-T in a size L.
This t-shirt was issued in 2002, Apple’s twenty-fifth year as a company, and its twenty-fifth year in the classroom. The shirt is light blue with a dark blue, red-orange, and white design. The brand of the shirt is Comfort Colors and its size is XL. My collection also includes a lapel pin with the same design in the same colors.
This lapel pin was issued in 2002, Apple’s twenty-fifth year as a company, and its twenty-fifth year in the classroom. The pin has yellowed with age, but was originally light blue with a dark blue, red-orange, and white design. The pin measures 25 x 18 mm. My collection also includes a t-shirt with the same design in the same colors.