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Transparent Mac SE/20 vs iMac Graphite

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This is what may have happened if Jonathan Ive from Summer 2001—who designed the iMac graphite on the right—had a time machine to travel back and design the Mac SE/20 in 1987.

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Illustration for article titled Transparent Mac SE/20 vs iMac Graphite

The machine was a limited run of ten models, done before the final run to see how everything fitted inside. Charlie Springer—the owner of this transparent SE—removed the metal plates on the side, which were necessary to meet FCC specifications on electromagnetic emissions. As you can notice, the 2001 iMac doesn't have any plates, probably meaning that the components like the CRT tube were shielded directly on their surfaces. [Regnirps via Gadget Lab]

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I believe on the iMac, the polycarbonate was sprayed with some kind of shielding.