The Mac’s 30 years haven’t all been smooth sailing. Without the iMac it’s unlikely that Apple as we know it would still be in business. Before Apple’s success with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, Steve Jobs saved Apple with a couple of key products: OS X and the first iMac.
The iMac swiftly became both a runaway succes and a design classic. In a world of beige Windows boxes that were complicated and unreliable, the cute iMac looked and worked like something everyday folks wanted. It was phenomenally successful, with 800,000 units sold in just 139 days.
The iMac made Apple a profitable company again, and it cemented Steve Jobs as the undisputed leader of Apple, which in turn allowed him to push on with product development. Love your iPad? It couldn’t have happened without the iMac.