Reactions to the iMac »

Jason Snell, writing at Macworld, about how the Mac community responded to the announcement of the iMac 20 years ago:

From the perspective of 2018, the iMac is history, and history is written by the victors. But in 1998, the iMac was controversial, especially among the sorts of dedicated Mac users who subscribed to Macworld. It ditched the floppy drive that had been on every single Mac to that date, as well as several ports—SCSI, serial, and ADB—that had been on basically every Mac since the Mac SE. Imagine Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, multiplied by four. Literally every Mac accessory ever made was no longer compatible without an adapter.

I also dug out the issue of Macworld that featured letters responding to the release of the iMac, and that was really entertaining.