May 6, 1998: The Original iMac Is Unveiled to Mixed Reaction
No floppy drive, no ADB port, no printer port and a 33.6 Kbps internal modem. Wrap all that up in a bondi blue case designed by Jonathan you've got…not exactly what most Mac users thought they wanted.
Long-time users were outraged that they'd be forced to buy new peripherals and couldn't back up the 4 GB hard drive with a waist-high pile of diskettes. They also wondered about the wisdom of using USB ports, ports that weren't yet widely accepted by the industry.
The truth was that fewer and fewer peripherals were Mac-friendly and by using a connection (in this case USB) friendly to both platforms, Apple ensured greater industry support. The users’ screams of protest were listened to in one case: when the iMac actually shipped, the modem had been bumped to 56.6 Mbps. Mac users first glimpsed Apple's all-in-one gumdrop on May 6, 1998.