On 6th May 1998, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iMac, and ushered in an era of Apple (as well as many other companies) adding the letter ‘i’ to just about every product it makes. What did the ‘i’ stand for? Jobs explained the name ‘iMac’ as representing “the marriage of the excitement of the Internet with the simplicity of Macintosh.” A slide from Jobs’ presentation also showed that the ‘i’ stood for “individual, instruct, inform and inspire.”
The rst iMac also marked the beginning of Apple’s renaissance. In the three months between its announcement and its eventual release on 15th August 1998, the iMac received an unprecedented 150,000 pre-orders.