The iMac's design revolutionized the personal computer industry with its colorful and curved design, breaking away from the traditional beige or gray metal boxes.
The "i" in iMac originally stood for "internet," and its success led to the ubiquitous use of the lowercase "i" prefix in many Apple products and accessories, eventually taking on different meanings such as puns and empowering first-person pronouns.
Apple's iMac was marketed as an easy way to connect to the internet, allowing it to stand out from other computers and become a top consumer PC in the mid-1990s.
The iMac's exclusive use of USB caused compatibility issues with old peripherals, but also drove the widespread adoption of the interface and the release of transparent blue-green USB accessories.
The iMac's colorful translucent plastic housing became a common staple in consumer products thanks to chief designer Jonathan Ive's influence.
Apple made a bold statement by omitting the floppy drive from the iMac, declaring that the future of file transfer is through the internet and local networks, and despite initial skepticism, they were right.
The success of the iMac, Steve Jobs' brainchild, marked his return to Apple and his ability to inspire the company to create incredible products, solidifying his position as CEO and winning back the loyalty of Apple's customers.
The iMac's launch in 1998 not only brought financial success but also marked a symbolic victory for Apple, demonstrating the company's innovative spirit and paving the way for its continued profitability and success.