Australia Is Killing 1,300 iMac G4s After They Lasted A Full Decade

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Steve Jobs unveiling the iMac G4 at Macworld 2002

The 2002 iMac G4 is one of our favorite Apple products ever. It had a dramatic design that no one had ever tried by emulating the sunflowers growing in Steve Jobs’ backyard.

Apple discontinued the iMac G4 in 2004, but thanks to Apple’s solid build quality and engineering, a herd of over 1,300 iMac G4’s have lasted a full decade in the service of Australia’s Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) offices. Sadly, they’re getting thrown away and replaced by Acers.

Back in 2004, the RTA’s chief information officer Greg Carvouni made an unusual decision to implement the 1,300 iMac G4s in the RTA offices. The move was actually a pretty big story in Australian tech news because no one in Australia had gotten behind the Mac in such a major way.

Carvouni has since left his post as chief information officer, but the 1,300 iMacs have stuck around even after the RTA merged with the Roads and Maritime Authority.

New Acer terminals will replace the 1,300 aging iMacs because they’ve started to reach the end of their usefulness. We think they’re probably still more useful that a bunch of crappy Acer terminals, but if the RTA wants to send us a few beat up iMac G4s, we’ll be happy to take them off their hands and make them into something nice.

  • PY1TE

    Good luck with those Acer’s Australia. Over the next decade, you’d probably end up replacing them at least 2-3 times.

  • iSteve

    Instead of destroying theses pieces of art, why don’t they give them to Apple die hard fans like me…

  • TechBell

    That makes sense… instead of replacing a computer made by a company that builds quality products that last ten years; they’re going for a low-end product that will last 2-3… at best. Smart.

  • oBigDaddyo

    If the displays are still good, why not slip a Mac Mini in the base and you’re good to go for another decade!

  • Bob Smogango

    That makes sense… instead of replacing a computer made by a company that builds quality products that last ten years; they’re going for a low-end product that will last 2-3… at best. Smart.

    And then they’ll realize that it’s a much worse nightmare supporting the Acer’s and then they’ll realize that they should have just bought some new iMacs.

  • lwdesign1

    Oh you silly humans. The big problem here, of course, is that the guy who originally bought the Macs is now gone, and you can bet the person that took his place is a Windows nerd who has been chafing for years to remove all those X#$&^%(! Macs! Moving to a Windows workflow will upset the entire group for many months as new software needs to be installed and learned, and then of course technical support will skyrocket, so there will be much more downtime and extra people will need to be brought on to handle the support workload. Then there will have to be replacements for units that go defective within weeks or months after installation — but hey, Acers are SO MUCH CHEAPER THAN MACS.

    I predict a major problem with Australia’s roads and signage for the next 2 years while they sort everything out, at a cost of billions of $Aus to the taxpayer. But think how much money they’re saving on the purchase of those Acers. Wow, what a bargain.

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