The original Apple iMac G3 was introduced by Steve Jobs on August 15th, 1998 and it stood out because of its unique egg-shaped look, with a CRT monitor that was enclosed in a Bondi Blue colored translucent plastic case. The slot-loaded optical drive was innovative for its time, as many computers still had the front-loading version, and there was also no floppy drive in sight. Later, it was offered in a total of thirteen different colors, including Strawberry, Blueberry, Lime and more. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Mac fans were originally disappointed with Apple’s drastic changes to the Macintosh hardware and consumers at the time were increasingly opted for Wintel (Windows PCs) machines instead of Apple’s Performa models. Many wanted Apple to start selling computers with a custom interface built on top of one or more potential operating system bases, such as Taligent, Solaris, or Windows 98, but the iMac took off and never looked back.
Who created the original iMac case design? None other than Jonathan Ive, who recently left Apple to form his own design company. The iMac G3’s successor, the iMac G4, ditched the egg-shape for a hemispherical base containing all the main components and an LCD monitor on a freely moving arm attached to it.