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.
Looking back at Apple iMac history
Apple wasn't slow to bring out a portable version of the iMac. Announced in July 1999 at Macworld Expo New York, the iBook followed suit in dramatically redesigning the laptop.
The iBook included a handle – which led commentators to wonder why it had taken so long for computer manufacturers to realise that such a feature would be useful. It didn't carry forward to the next iBook range, however, or any other proper laptops, for that matter.
Another first was AirPort, a wireless networking system that allowed up to ten iBooks to connect to a single base-station plugged into an ethernet network or a standard phone line.
Despite the unpopularity of the Lime and Tangerine iMacs, two of the three colours chosen for the iBook were Tangerine and Lime.