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PowerMac Desktops

PowerMac desktop PCs were personal desktop computers produced and sold by Apple. Originally branded as the Power Macintosh, PowerMac PCs predated the Apple iMac and other more recent Apple PC products. Initially launched in March 1994, the range of PowerMac desktop computers underwent almost constant revision and evolution until being discontinued in August 2006. A short-lived addition to the line was the range of PowerMac HDD Apple desktops and all-in-ones.

PowerMac Processors

At the time of its initial release in 1994, the PowerMac made headlines as the first computer to be released by Apple to feature a PowerPC processor. During its 12-year lifespan, five generations of PowerPC processor chips were introduced and subsequently replaced. When the PowerMac was finally discontinued in 2006, it made way for the Mac Pro – the first Apple EC to feature an Intel processor.

The First PowerMac Desktops - The PowerMac 6100

The PowerMac 6100, originally branded as the Power Macintosh 6100, was the first of what would become a relatively long line of PowerMac desktop PCs. With an average cost of $1,700 at the time of release, the PowerMac 6100 featured optional AV configuration and was housed in a low-profile Centris 610 case. Months later, the PowerMac 6100 was superseded by the PowerMac 6100/66, which – as the name suggests – featured an upgraded 66 MHz processor. The PowerMac 6100 ceased production towards the end of 1995.

The Last PowerMac Desktops - The PowerMac G5

PowerPC G5 PowerMac Apple desktops and all-in-ones were the final generation of PowerMac computers. The PowerMac range had come a long way over its 12-year history, with the PowerMac G5 being housed in an aluminium casing and becoming the first 64-bit desktop computer to be released at the consumer level. Available in either a 1.8 GHz processor or the slightly lower-powered 1.6 GHz processor, users were given the option of upgrading to dual 2.0 GHz processors – levels of processing power that were simply unheard-of at the inception of the PowerMac desktop PC range. Today, collectors still track down these fascinating devices for their historical value.

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