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Visual tour: Apple's greatest hits under Steve Jobs

12 noteworthy Apple innovations in Jobs' reign

We look at 12 noteworthy innovations rolled out under Jobs' leadership at Apple

The iMac

The iMac was the first Macintosh released after Steve Jobs returned as CEO in 1997. Similar to the original Mac released in 1984, the iMac was an all-in-one unit, with the computer built into the monitor. The iMac touted instant connectivity with the emerging internet and was the first Mac to include a USB port, exclude a floppy disk drive and come in multiple colours, making it a functional and aesthetic hit.

(Photo courtesy Masashige Motoe, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0.)

A work of art: Power Mac G4 Cube

The Power Mac G4 Cube, released in 2000, was not a commercial success. Marketed as a small, affordable Mac, it was nonetheless more expensive and less expandable than equivalent desktop models and lacked the inbuilt monitor of the iMac. These limitations were compounded by flaws in its manufacturing that led to cracks in the case.

Nonetheless, the G4 Cube was an essential step toward development of the Mac mini. It also represents Apple's focus on revolutionary design: a G4 Cube resides in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

(Photo courtesy Steve Shaner, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0.)

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