Happy 25th Birthday, iMac!
The original iMac circa 1998.

The iMac celebrates its 25th birthday!

The Apple iMac was released on this date in 1998. I remember it well. I was working at Hitmakers Magazine as VP/Sr. Director of Production. The publisher Barry Fiedel asked me if the iMac would benefit the production of the magazine. I responded “yes” and explained why. We ordered five of them. There were some complaints from staff that it didn’t have a floppy drive, only a CD-Rom drive. Who knew the iMac would keep evolving today and still be the best desktop all-in-one computer.

Excerpts from Apple’s original press release:

CUPERTINO, California — May 6, 1998 — In a major move in to the consumer market, Apple Computer, Inc. today unveiled iMac — the “Internet-age computer for the rest of us.” iMac features a striking design, easy Internet access and Pentium-toasting PowerPC G3 performance for US$1299.

“We designed iMac to deliver the things consumers care about most – the excitement of the Internet and the simplicity of the Mac,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s Interim CEO. “iMac is next year’s computer for $1299; not last year’s computer for $999.”

“Today we brought romance and innovation back into the industry,” added Jobs. “iMac reminds everyone of what Apple stands for.”

Watch Steve Jobs’ iMac unveiling on May 6, 1998