"iMac" Computer

Designed by Jonathan Ive, British, born 1967, and Apple Industrial Design Team, Cupertino, California. Made by Apple Computer Inc., Cupertino, California, 1976 - present.

Made in United States, North and Central America

Designed 1998

Polycarbonate, steel

15 x 15 x 17 inches (38.1 x 38.1 x 43.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Collab: The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1999

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Jonathan Ive and the Apple Industrial Design Team wanted to design a product that was inviting and easy to understand, yet sophisticated enough in appearance to suggest serious performance. The curved, polycarbonate, translucent case, which changes its appearance according to the light of its setting, gives the computer an expressive personality not normally associated with a machine. "With the iMac," said Ive, "a primary objective was to create something accessible . . . almost familiar . . . (and) to combine the familiar with something from tomorrow."