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Steve Jobs reduced the company's large product lines immediately upon becoming Apple's interim CEO in 1997.
Toward the end of the year, Apple trimmed its line of desktop Macs down from ten distinct models to four models of the Power Macintosh G3, which included the i Mac's immediate predecessor, an educational market exclusive called the Power Macintosh G3 All-In-One.
At the time of i Mac's introduction, third-party manufacturers offered external USB floppy disk drives, often in translucent plastic to match the i Mac's enclosure.
Apple had initially announced the internal modem in the i Mac would operate at only 33.6 kbit/s rather than the new 56 kbit/s speed, but was forced by consumer pressure to adopt the faster standard.
The keyboard and mouse were redesigned for the i Mac with translucent plastics and a Bondi Blue trim.
The Apple USB Keyboard was smaller than Apple's previous keyboards, with white characters on black keys, both features that attracted debate.
Components such as the front-mounted Ir DA port and the tray-loading CD-ROM drive were borrowed from the Apple laptops.
Although the i Mac did not officially have an expansion slot, the first versions had a slot dubbed the "mezzanine slot".
Apple argued that recordable CDs, the Internet, and office networks were quickly making diskettes obsolete, however, Apple's omission generated controversy.Eventually, a new capsule-shaped optical mouse, known as the Apple Mouse (formerly "Apple Pro Mouse"), replaced the round mouse across all of Apple's hardware offerings.Apple updated the i Mac over time to feature different colors.The addition of high-speed Fire Wire corrected the deficiencies of the earlier i Macs.The i Mac CRT model, now targeted at the education market, was renamed the i Mac G3, and kept in production alongside its i Mac G4 successor until the e Mac was released.