Aqua and Bondi by Stephen Hackett

Aqua and Bondi

By Stephen Hackett

  • Release Date: 2016-11-29
  • Genre: Computers
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The Bondi Blue iMac G3 — and the family of colorful computers that came after it — brought some much-needed clarity and excitement to the Mac line. It also bought Apple time to integrate NeXT's technology and build Mac OS X from the ashes of the aging Mac OS. This book is about those products, and how Apple pulled itself back on track after the disastrous years of the 1990s.


  • Disappointing - no real insight

    By AG_Bear
    Disappointing - no real insight, just information you could find on Wikipedia (or better yet, John Siracusa's old Ars Technica reviews). Hackett devotes more time to discussing the processor and port changes than the human factor of the iMac. I would have loved to know more reactions from publications and people who were there at the time, rather than a link to a podcast with Jason Snell. (A lot of the side points are hyperlinked, giving the book the feel of an extended blog rather than a standalone work, and it's not great for maintaining the historical record either.) The iBooks formatting isn't very good: it forces you to read in tiny landscape text, with no option to resize except in 'scrolling mode', which then means you can't see any of the pictures.
  • Small but perfectly formed

    By KiltedGreen
    I've loved Apple's stuff since my first Macintosh in '84 but there were rocky times ahead for the company. This book gives a detailed and fascinating look at the flailing legs under the water while Apple were sailing (fairly well) on top back in the 90s. Despite reading a lot about Apple I learnt plenty of fascinating tidbits. Great photos too. Recommended.