PC and the i Mac Essay

This essay has a total of 804 words and 4 pages.

PC and the i Mac

Due to the competition between Mac and PC, inventions of computers has been more rapid
than at any other period of time. Microsoft’s Windows has monopolized the entire personal
computer industry with their operating system and that goes same for the Mac OS 8.5.
Since Mac couldn’t attract customers to buy their computer systems through their optimum
operating system they just put out another computer named iMac to help improve their sales
performance in the computer industry.

“Let's state the obvious: the iMac looks incredibly cool, is mindlessly easy to set up,
and at $1,299 doesn't cost an arm and leg. But what's not obvious about Apple's futuristic
design is that it leaves the past behind,” said my friend Illysa. You get no floppy drive,
no parallel port, no serial port, and no internal card slots (older types of connections
used to connect external peripherals). What you do get is a built-in K56flex modem, two
USB (universal serial bus) ports, a 10/100BaseT network connection, and an infrared port.
A universal serial bus is a new input connection that is trying to get rid off all the
other older connections. A 10/100BaseT network connection is a type of modem capable of
downloading up to 100 times faster then a regular modem.

So for all the hype about the iMac being the next big thing for home PC users, people are
left wondering how in the heck is someone going to print a page or swap a file with
another computer. You'll have to take your files to the Net, or else build a home-based
network to share data with other Macs and PCs--unless you have a PowerBook, since most
models can interact with the iMac via its infrared port. As for peripherals, such as
printers, it's USB or nothing, which keeps your options to a minimum, although there will
probably be adapters for certain traditional peripheral devices soon. And since there are
no internal slots, you can forget about adding anything like a video capture card

or an internal ISDN modem. Apple isn't kidding when it pronounces its mantra (slogan), "Think different."
On the upside, the all-in-one iMac can design grab most of the customers attention,
drawing curiosity seekers from all over world who wanted to see
something--anything--different than a beige tower or desktop box. The smooth, triangular
shape and translucent, aqua-colored top made everyone say oohs and aahs, while the
simplicity of the iMac's built-in 15-inch display (13.8-inch viewable area) and carrying
handle drew fond memories of the old Mac SE and Classic boxes. The included hockey
puck-like mouse also demands a double-take. However, you'll need time to get accustomed
to using it because of the new operating system and the mouse.

Everyone is impressed with Apple's flawless setup. Novices can consult the fold-out card
illustrating the six steps to get up and running (put on desk; plug in power, keyboard,
mouse, and modem; and turn it on). If only setup for all PCs could be this easy.

On the other hand, the iMac boasts a G3 pedigree, but it's the runt of an award-winning
Continues for 2 more pages >>