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All About the Apple Computers from 1976-2008

  • Steve Wozniak designed the first Apple known as the Apple I computer in 1976.

    Steve Wozniak designed the first Apple known as the Apple I computer in 1976.
    The Apple 1 is the first Apple computer and originally sold for $666.66. The computer kit was developed by Steve Wozniak in 1976 and contained a 6502 8-bit processor and 4 kb of memory, which was expandable to 8 or 48 kb using expansion cards. Although the Apple I had a fully assembled circuit board the kit still required a power supply, display, keyboard, and case to be operational.
  • Apple II

    Apple II
    Apple II – 1977
    1977 saw the invention of both the Apple II and the famous rainbow Apple logo. Steve Jobs added the colours to the logo to reflect the Apple II’s superior colour output. Colour graphics set the Apple II apart from its rivals on the market.
  • Apple III

    Apple III
    Apple III – 1980
    This next iteration of the Apple computer for business was created primarily to compete with business computing companies like IBM.
  • Apple IIe

    Apple IIe
    Apple IIe – 1983
    The Apple IIe keyboard was built in to the computer and did away with the numeric keypad.
  • Lisa/Macintosh XL

    Lisa/Macintosh XL
    Lisa/Macintosh XL – 1983
    While Lisa won the legendary race between itself and the Macintosh by being the first desktop computer to market with an intuitive GUI, it flopped with the public due to sticker shock at its $10,000 price tag and a lack of software titles.
  • Apple IIc

    Apple IIc
    Apple IIc – 1984
    The Apple IIc represented Apple’s first attempt at both a portable computer and “out-of-the-box” functionality. The only problem with classifying the IIc as a “portable” computer is the fact that it lacked a portable power supply.
  • The Macintosh

    The Macintosh
    Macintosh – 1984
    The Macintosh, for most of us, was the computer that started it all. In the first demonstration of the product at MacWorld, Steve Jobs pulled the very first Macintosh out of the bag and demonstrated product features that most of us take for granted now.
  • Apple IIGS

    Apple IIGS
    Apple IIGS – 1986
    The first 50,000 of these came with Steve Wozniak’s signature silkscreened on the front.
  • Macintosh Plus

    Macintosh Plus
    Macintosh Plus – 1986
    The Plus version of the Macintosh originally featured the same beige colour as the original Macintosh, but in 1987 was changed to the warm gray Platinum colour that would characterize Apple computers for years to come.
  • Macintosh SE

    Macintosh SE
    Macintosh SE – 1987
    Space for an internal hard disk and advanced SCSI support were some of the selling features of the SE.
  • Macintosh II

    Macintosh II
    Macintosh II – 1987
    This was the first “modular” design computer that Apple put out. All of the rest preceding it had been “all-in-one” models. Image: Wikipedia
  • Apple IIc Plus

    Apple IIc Plus
    Apple IIc Plus – 1988
    With this model, Apple did away with the 5.25″ floppy in the Apple II line and switched over completely to the 3.5″ floppy.
  • Macintosh IIx

    Macintosh IIx
    Macintosh IIx – 1988
    This was simply an update to the Macintosh II. One of its code names was “Spock”.
  • Macintosh SE/30

    Macintosh SE/30
    Macintosh SE/30 – 1989
    The SE/30 sported the capacity for expandable RAM and a 1.44mb floppy disk drive as standard.
  • Macintosh Portable

    Macintosh Portable
    The Macintosh Portable represented Apple’s first computer with a portable power supply and an active matrix LCD screen which sported a clearer picture than many desktop monitors of the time. Image: Wikipedia
  • Macintosh Classic

    Macintosh Classic
    Macintosh Classic – 1990
    The Classic was an adaptation of Terry Oyama’s and Jerry Oyama’s Macintosh 128K industrial design.
  • Macintosh IIfx

    Macintosh IIfx
    Macintosh IIfx – 1990
    This computer was introduced as the “fastest Mac” and was dubbed “Wicked Fast” by the then Product Manager, Frank Casanova.
  • Macintosh Classic II

    Macintosh Classic II
    Macintosh Classic II – 1991
    Two cases actually came out for the Classic II. The pictured one has a speaker cutout on the left side for better sound.
  • Quadra 700

    Quadra 700
    Quadra 700 – 1991
    Introduced with the Quadra 900 as the first Apple systems to feature Ethernet networking.
  • Powerbook 100

    Powerbook 100
    PowerBook 100 – 1991
    The PowerBook 100 was a result of a collaboration between Sony and Apple – Sony miniaturized the parts for Apple for the 100. The 140 and the 170 are the first PowerBooks completely designed by Apple. Mobile PC magazine named the PowerBook 100 as its “#1 gadget of all time” in a 2005 article.
  • Power Book Duo

    Power Book Duo
    PowerBook Duo – 1992
    This precursor to the MacBook Air was a subnotebook that interfaced with larger storage media either through a docking port or through cables. Image: Wikipedia
  • Macintosh Color Classic

    Macintosh Color Classic
    Macintosh Color Classic – 1993
    This was the first colour compact Macintosh computer.
  • Apple Macintosh LC 500

    Apple Macintosh LC 500
    Apple Macintosh LC 500 – 1993
    The Apple MacIntosh LC series were sold as Apple’s upper low end computers for the mid 1990’s.
  • Quadra 800

    Quadra 800
    Quadra 800 – 1993
    The case on this was smaller and not as accessible as others, earning it the “worst case of all time” title at Low End Mac.
  • PowerBook 180c

    PowerBook 180c
    PowerBook 180c – 1993
    First PowerBook to display 640×480 resolution and 256 colours.
  • Quadra 630

    Quadra 630
    Quadra 630 – 1994
    This last entry in the Quadra line featured an IDE drive, a slower yet cheaper replacement for the standard SCSI drives that earlier Quadras contained. This was the last in the Quadra line.
  • PowerBook 540c

    PowerBook 540c
    PowerBook 540c – 1994
    The trackpad replaced the trackball with this model.
  • Macintosh Performa 5200

    Macintosh Performa 5200
    Macintosh Performa 5200 – 1995
    This was one of Apple’s lower moments, featuring severely compromised hardware design.
  • PowerBook 1400

    PowerBook 1400
    PowerBook 1400 – 1996
    This entry-level notebook came in a number of different configurations.
  • Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM)

    Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM)
    Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM) – 1997
    12,000 of these were produced. Apple broke the moulds and didn’t make any more in order to make the product seem more “exclusive”, a strategy that did not help the TAM’s sales numbers.
  • Power Macintosh G3

    Power Macintosh G3
    Power Macintosh G3 – 1997
    The PowerMac G3 was tested and proven to be the fastest desktop computer of its time by Byte Magazine.
  • eMate 300

    eMate 300
    eMate 300 – 1997
    Personal digital assistant designed for classroom use and based on the Newton engine.
  • PowerBook G3

    PowerBook G3
    PowerBook G3 – 1997
    The Wallstreet model, pictured above, marked the last use of the rainbow-coloured Apple logo. The PowerBook G3 was a built-to-order laptop which allowed users to customize what they wanted on the machine. Image: Wikipedia
  • PowerMac G3 All-in-one

    PowerMac G3 All-in-one
    PowerMac G3 All-In-One – 1998
    These were sold to the educational market only.
  • iMac G3 Tray-Loading,Bondi Blue

    iMac G3 Tray-Loading,Bondi Blue
    iMac G3 Tray-Loading, Bondi Blue – 1998
    In doing away with the tower and keeping the computing power, Apple completely revolutionized the desktop computer industry. The iMac G3′s were available in a bouquet of various colours. Johnathan Ive, the designer who was later the mastermind of the Cube, designed the iMac G3.
  • iMac "Flavours" 1998-2003

    iMac "Flavours" 1998-2003
    iMac “Flavours” – 1998-2003
    Different colours were eventually added to the original Bondi Blue
  • PowerMac G3 Blue and White

    PowerMac G3 Blue and White
    PowerMac G3 Blue and White – 1999
    This shared the hardware with its predecessor but little else. The case was redesigned to bring it in line with the new iMac.
  • Power Mac G4

    Power Mac G4
    Power Mac G4 – 1999
    This line was sold by Apple between 1994 and 2006. While the hardware varied between models, they all adhered to the same basic design principles.
  • iBook

    iBook – 1999
    The first generation of the iBook featured a clamshell design and wireless networking.
  • iMac G3 Slot-Loading Indigo

    iMac G3 Slot-Loading Indigo
    iMac G3 Slot-Loading Indigo – 1999
    The above model set the standard for the rest of the iMac G3′s with a slot-loading CD ROM rather than a tray-loading model.
  • Power Mac G4 Cube

    Power Mac G4 Cube
    PowerMac G4 Cube – 2000
    This 8″ cube garnered a lot of kudos in the short time that it was in production. The designer of the Cube, Jonathan Ive, won several international awards for its design.
  • iBook G3 Dual USB

    iBook G3 Dual USB
    iBook G3 Dual USB – 2001
    Many design advances were incorporated into this complete redesign, including the L-Shaped hinge for the screen and a slim-line design.
  • PowerBook G4

    PowerBook G4
    PowerBook G4 – 2001
    The titanium-skinned PowerBook G4 was the precursor to the MacBook Pro.
  • eMac

    eMac – 2002
    The eMac was made available as a cheaper option to the educational market than the iMac.
  • The iMac G4

    The iMac G4
    iMac G4 – 2002
    The iMac G4 was produced from 2000-2004 and represents the first iteration of Apple’s desire to “slim down” the components necessary for an out of the box personal computer experience. It was nicknamed the iLamp because of its swiveling monitor.
  • Power Mac G5

    Power Mac G5
    Power Mac G5 – 2003
    At the time of its launch the Power Mac G5 was touted as the fastest computer ever built
  • PowerBook G4- Aluminum

    PowerBook G4- Aluminum
    PowerBook G4 – Aluminum – 2003
    Aluminum was used for the first time in this incarnation of the PowerBook. Johnathan Ive, the same award-winning product designer responsible for the Cube, designed this PowerBook.
  • iBook G4

    iBook G4
    iBook G4 – 2004
    A slot loading drive and a lack of translucent design characterized this release of the iBook
  • iMac G5

    iMac G5
    iMac G5 – 2005
    The G5 lacked the swivel functionality of the G4 but introduced the “behind-the-screen” component design principle which characterized future iMac designs.
  • Mac Mini

    Mac Mini
    Mac Mini – 2005
    This diminutive computer only measured 6.5″ by 2″. It weighed in at 2.5 pounds.
  • Mac Pro

    Mac Pro
    Mac Pro – 2006
    This machine integrated Intel’s 5400 chipset with Xeon microprocessors for a lightning fast processing speed.
  • MacBook

    MacBook – 2006
    2006 saw the introduction of the MacBook with now-standard features like the magnetic latch, the glossy display and the sunken keyboard.
  • MAcBook Pro

    MAcBook Pro
    MacBook Pro – 2006
    The aluminum standard by which all others are measured. In the case of the current MacBrook Pro, each case is constructed out of a single block of aluminum.
  • iMAc (Intel Based) -Aluminum

    iMAc (Intel Based) -Aluminum
    iMac (Intel Based) – Aluminum – 2007
    The current iMac models pack all of the components necessary to the operation of a computer behind the monitor in a perfect realization of “slim design”.
  • MacBookAir

    MacBook Air – 2008
    The MacBook Air was launched with a famous commercial that involved it being packaged up and shipped in an envelope.
  • MacBook

    MacBook – 2008
    The latest version of the MacBook brings the aluminum case previously reserved for the Pro line into the regular MacBook.
  • MacBookPro

    MacBook Pro – 2008
    The most recent Pro design is available in a 15″ or 17″ model