5th September 1998 – the first day the very first iMac was available in the UK. I’m not sure anyone then would have imagined iMac would be a machine that would help save Apple’s fortunes (more on recent Mac successes, the original iMac launch keynote), but the £999 machine with a 233MHz G3 processor that my parents purchased for me on its very first day of UK release at John Lewis in Bristol was an ideal computer to take away with me to university.
Now 3543 days later the iMac is still around and I have bought myself the latest one – the scarily large 24″ LCD screen version with a 3.06MHz Core 2 Duo processor, and it cost me £1389. Replacing my not-so-swift Powerbook G4 as my everyday computer, the new iMac is true to the original spirit – extremely smart design, seamless integration with the operating system. A joy to use.