24 years after original iMac, there’s still big demand for floppies

The iMac was the first mass-produced computer to ditch the 3.5-inch floppy disk, and the rest of the industry followed soon after — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for them.

While the floppy disk reigned supreme for nearly 40 years, Apple chose to abandon the format in 1998, when it introduced the iMac G3. The company believed that user-writeable CDs, high-speed networking, and the internet would render the disks obsolete.And, to a degree, that’s true. By 2006, the 3.5-inch floppy disk was decidedly legacy. By 2015, it was nearly extinct.

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