Top 10 Mac Failures: An interesting look at Apple miscues. Among them, the Flower Power/Blue Dalmation iMac and my personal choice of unforgiveable design, the round mouse.
Users were not universally pleased with the new mouse. It was now totally symmetrical, preventing many users from easily telling which way is up. Also, the smaller design made it difficult for large handed users to use it comfortably.
Man, I hate those round mice.
You know what’s not in here? The Newton, which supports my theory of a few weeks ago.
As for the patterned iMac, the whole colored-machine thing was flawed from the beginning. I worked at Best Buy in 1998 when the iMac hit the market. Best Buy was apparently told that they couldn’t order more or less of one color — they could only place an order for a set number of iMacs, and they’d get an equal division of each color in the shipment.
Consequently, one of the biggest electronic retailers in the country dropped the iMac from its shelves, and it’s never returned (not that it hurt Apple much…). The colors should have been snap-on shells, so you could swap them out if you ever got sick of them.
But, in the end, the color served its purpose. Think back to the original iMac and what do you remember? All-in-one design, no floppy, and colored cases. The last item on that list was what got all the press. Would the iMac be where it is today if they had all been in beige cases? Not a chance.