Originally Posted by jragosta
The iMac was released in August, 1998. Apple bought NeXT in late 1996 - which is when Jobs came back to Apple. His role increased over time and he became CEO in Sept 1997.
Unless you believe that developing the iMac took years, it clearly has Jobs' fingerprints all over it.
This is hilarious. It's funny when the losers attempt to rewrite history.
First, look at the timeline. If the iMac was really Amelio's baby, why did it take more than a year from Amelio's departure to the release of the iMac? Furthermore, look at everything released under Amelio's watch and everything Amelio did and try to claim that the iMac was his doing. Amelio was all about cheap beige boxes. His efforts with cloning, for example. And all the products that were released under his watch. More than any other time in history, Macs released during his time were generic looking boxes (with a very few exceptions). He was big on proprietary things like NuBus and ADB. His idea of style was to lump a few beige rectangles together (look at the PowerMac 9600).
The iMac looks nothing like what Amelio stood for - entirely new design, showy aesthetics, use of industry standards like USB.
In all likelihood, Amelio is claiming that he was responsible for AIOs because models like the Performa 5400 came out during his time (http://lowendmac.com/ppc/power-macintosh-5400.html
) were his 'invention' and the iMac was really nothing new. I don't think Amelio ever understood how different the iMac was.
We were very close to Apple (7/10 of a mile) and an Apple reseller between 1978-1989. We saw the gestation of the floppy disk, various Apple//x follow-on models, the Apple///, Lisa. Mac, Mac II, LaserWriter.
Being close to Apple, being the best Apple dealer in Silicon Valley (with customers worldwide), the fact one of our 3 partners was Woz's younger brother Mark... and finally the fact that we were located next to a fantastic Chinese restaurant...
Apple people, from (whatever) president on down regularly came into our store. Often a middle manger, say someone like John Couch (not saying it was John Couch -- just someone like him) would come in to pick our brains or use us for a sounding board.
The conversation would normally start something like this:
Apple Employee or Middle Manager: "You probably already know this, so.... blah, blah, company jewels, blah, blah...".
My point is that in those days, it took a few years to get from drawing board to released product, when Apple was at the top of its game.
Later, when Steve returned things were a lot different -- the Apple business was depressed. We had left the business and moved away -- so my access to "inside information" was lost.
But, I suspect that the iMac could, easily, have taken 3 years to develop... and that would mean that it was started under Amelio's watch.
Certainly, Steve added his "own" to the product that was actually released -- I suspect, no floppy and USB may have been two of those. Let's blame Amelio for the hockey-puck mouse.
I may be mistaken, but Ive may have been working with/for Apple under Amelio's watch.
I have know proof, but I can imagine Steve looking at Apple's products in development, and seeing very little he'd want to use/make/sell. Then, seeing the iMac concept...
Kinda' like what happened with Jef Raskin's little project.