It was 10 years ago – on May 6, 1998 – that Apple unveiled the computer that revolutionised the company and marked the end of the beige box computer forever. Happy 10th birthday, iMac.
Announced in at Macword Expo in January 2002, the iMac (Flat Panel) or iMac G4 was the first completely redesigned iMac since the original.
While its screen was still a 15in model it was a flat LCD display rather than bulky CRT – which heralded another brave new design, nicknamed the Desk Lamp or Anglepoise. Apple CEO Steve Jobs proudly announced that "the CRT is officially dead".
The screen could rotate and change angles easily as it was mounted on a semi-spherical base that housed the rest of the computer. 17in and 20in models were later introduced.