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.
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.