In the age of the iPad and Apple’s revolutionary approach to changing how technology is used in the classroom, it’s easy to forget where it all started: the eMac (or, education Mac).

Originally designed as an affordable iMac option for teachers and classrooms, the eMac eventually became available to the masses due to high demand before Apple discontinued it in July of 2006.

Now, ten years after the original eMac was shelved, the concept designers over at Curved Labs developed a new eMac concept that bridges the distinctive teardrop shape of the eMac with more recent Apple design features:

Says the designers:

“We at Curved/labs asked ourselves: What if Apple once again – aside from the iPad – focused on the educational market with a desktop computer? And what might such a computer look like in the year 2016? The result: the eMac (2016)”

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Of course, for a company that prides itself on minimalism and conservative material usage, the concept has a significantly large footprint – but it’s still an interesting revisit to an old icon nonetheless.

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.