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Entries in iMac (2)

The Flote. An elegant iPad stand that even Jonathan Ive would approve of

The 2002 iMac G4 is one of Jonathan Ives' most daring and beautiful designs. Though the extra expense involved in manufacturing the elegant anglepoise inspired neck meant that the design didn't remain in Apple's portfolio for too long, there was no denying however that it was an attractive and highly useful solution.

The Flote, a floor stand for tablet devices, reminds us in many ways of the elegant simplicity of the iMac G4.

Being able to freely position your iPad to almost any usable height and angle will surely appeal to musicians and artists alike. We can also see the Flote becoming an essential item for many disabled iPad users. The video above - which is a labour of love in its own right - contains many more use cases.

Head on over to the Flote Kickstarter page for more information and to show your support for the project.

1998: Steve Jobs introduces the iMac

As I sit typing this post, just behind me is an original Bondi Blue iMac. It looks as gorgeous today as it did back in 1998. The launch of the iMac marked the beginning of the spectacular rebirth of Apple under the guidance Steve Jobs. Within months of the iMac going on sale it began to appear in primetime TV shows and blockbuster movies. People simply could not get enough of the iMac's spectacular curves, it was everywhere!

The iMac era was an exciting time to be an Apple fan, here was a computer that didn't have the appearance of an office hand-me-down, here was a computer that was fun, colourful and simple to use. Almost everything you needed to get onto the Internet came in the box.

The iMac was Steve's idea. Focusing on what truly matters to people and having the strength to push those insights through from inception to shipping is a primary skill of Steve Jobs. Will anyone else in the firm have his focus and determination?

Further Reading: Steve Jobs