Biggest Moments in Macintosh Computer History: The Apple iMac
It’s not an understatement to say the Macintosh computer turns 30 today largely because of the Apple iMac. After a decade of declining sales and a confusing product line, the company was in real danger of going under. Then came a turning point in Apple Mac history: The iMac was released in 1998.
The Apple iMac was a much-needed hit and not only marked the beginning of Apple’s turnaround, but showed how the company’s industrial design shone when Steve Jobs (newly returned to Apple) and Jonathan Ive collaborated.
This iconic all-in-one computer has gone through multiple iterations, from the egg-shaped translucent plastic original to the “desk lamp” version with an LCD panel mounted to a base with a swivelling arm, and eventually to the sleek aluminum and glass iMac we know today.
As the best-selling Apple desktop of all time, the iMac is where many of Apple’s PC innovations were pushed into the mainstream: the switch to Intel (INTC) processors, the use of LED displays instead of CRTs, the elimination of the floppy drive and OSX to name a few. That was a huge development in Macintosh computer history.