15 Unforgettable Mac Computers: Old is Gold


10. Macintosh Color Classic (1993)

Macintosh Color Classic

Release date February 10, 1993, October 01, 1993 (CC II)
Introductory price 1400
Discontinued May 16, 1994, May 16, 1995 (CC II)
Operating system System 7.1, System 7.1.1-Mac OS 7.6.1
CPU Motorola 68030 @ 16 MHz, 33 MHz (CC II)
Memory 4 MB, expandable to 10 MB/36 MB (CC II) (80 ns 72-pin SIMM)

The Macintosh Color Classic was the first color compact Apple Macintosh computer. It was essentially a Macintosh LC II with an integrated 10″ Sony Trinitron color display with the same 512×384 pixel resolution as an LC II with the Macintosh 12” RGB monitor. This integrated unit resembled the original Mac series, albeit slightly expanded. The combination of the low-cost color Macintosh and Apple IIe compatibility was intended to encourage the education market’s transition from Apple II models to Macintoshes.

11. Power Mac (1994)

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Release Date 1994
Introductory Price variable in series
Discontinued 2006
Operating System Mac OS
CPU PowerPC
Memory variable in series

Power Macintosh , later Power Mac , was a line of Apple Macintosh workstation-class personal computers based on various models of PowerPC microprocessors that was developed, marketed, and supported by Apple Inc. from March 1994 until August 2006. The first models were the Power Macintosh 6100, 7100, and 8100, which offered speeds ranging from 60 to 110 MHz. These machines replaced Apple’s Quadra series of personal computers, and were housed in cases very similar to systems sold by Apple up to that point.

The Power Macintosh 6100 was Apple Computer’s first computer to use the new PowerPC RISC type processor created by IBM and Motorola. It came in the Centris 610’s “pizza box” low-profile case, and superseded the Quadra series that used Motorola’s 68040 processor, Apple’s previous high end workstation line. The Power Mac went on to become the mainstay of Apple’s top-end offerings for twelve years, through a succession of case designs, four major generations of PowerPC chips, and a great deal of press coverage, design accolades, and technical controversy. In August 2006, the Power Mac’s retirement was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference by Steve Jobs and Phil Schiller, making way for its replacement, the Mac Pro.

12. Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh “TAM” (1997)

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Release Date March 20, 1997
Introductory Price US$7,499
Discontinued March 14, 1998
Operating System Mac OS
CPU PowerPC 603e
Memory 2 slots: 32 MiB, max 128 MiB (2 × 64 MiB)

The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh was a limited-edition home computer produced by Apple Computer, Inc., in 1997 in celebration of its 20th anniversary. While the machine is often regarded as a stylistic landmark, it was met with lukewarm sales, and was derided for its price and for championing form over function.

13. iMac (1998)

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Release date August 15, 1998 (iMac G3)
Discontinued March 18, 2003
Operating system Mac OS 8, Mac OS 9, Mac OS X
CPU PowerPC 750, 233 MHz – 700 MHz (SE)

The iMac G3 was the first model of the iMac line of personal computers made by Apple Inc. (formerly Apple Computer, Inc.). The iMac G3 is an all-in-one personal computer, encompassing both the monitor and the system unit in a single enclosure. Originally released in striking bondi blue and later a range of other brightly colored, translucent plastic casings, the iMac shipped with a keyboard and mouse in matching tints. Aesthetically, the iMac was dramatically different from any other mainstream computer ever released. The iMac was the first computer to exclusively offer USB ports as standard. A radical step was to abandon the 3½-inch diskette drive (which had been present in every Mac since the first one in 1984). Apple argued that recordable CDs, the internet, and office networks were quickly making diskettes obsolete.

14. iBook (1999)

Clamshell

Release date July 21, 1999
Discontinued May 1, 2000
CPU PowerPC G3, 300–466 MHz

The iBook was another of Jonathan Ive’s babies. Although ridiculed as a Hello Kitty toilet seat, Apple’s first portable computer brought Wi-Fi to the masses with its optional AirPort wireless networking.  The line was targeted at the consumer and education markets, with lower specifications and prices than the PowerBook, Apple’s higher-end line of laptop computers. Three distinct designs of the iBook were introduced during its lifetime. The first design, known as the “Clamshell”, was a significant departure from portable computer designs at the time due to its shape, bright colors, incorporation of a handle, and wireless networking. Two years later, a second line abandoned the original form factor in favor of a more conventional rectangular design. In October 2003, the third design added a PowerPC G4 chip and a slot-loading drive.Apple replaced the iBook line with the MacBook in May 2006 during Apple’s transition to Intel processors.

15. G4 Cube (2001)

G4 Cube

Introductory price $1599
Discontinued July 2001
CPU PowerPC G4, 450–500 MHz

The Power Mac G4 Cube demonstrated that Apple was capable of a mental meltdown. The 8-inch cube looked cool, and it got a chilly reception. Sure, it had radical industrial design, but it was too expensive, underpowered and hard to upgrade. The diminutive 8″ x 8″ x 8″ cube, suspended in a 10″ tall Acrylic (PMMA) enclosure, housed a PowerPC G4 processor running at 450 or 500 megahertz, and had an unconventional vertical slot-loading DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive. A separate monitor — with either an ADC or VGA connection — was required for the Cube, in contrast to the all-in-one iMac series. Also unlike the iMacs, it had an upgradeable video card in a standard AGP slot. However, there was not enough space for full-length cards. The Cube also featured two FireWire ports and two USB ports for connecting peripherals. Sound was provided by an external USB amplifier and a pair of Harman Kardon speakers. Although the USB amplifier had a standard mini-plug headphone output, it lacked any audio input. The Cube also used a silent, fanless, convection-based cooling system like the iMacs of the time.

Bonus:

Apple 1 – Apple’s First Product (1976)

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Apple was established on April 1, 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, to sell the Apple I personal computer kit. They were hand-built by Wozniak and first shown to the public at the Homebrew Computer Club. The Apple I was sold as a motherboard (with CPU, RAM, and basic textual-video chips)—less than what is today considered a complete personal computer. The Apple I went on sale in July 1976 and was market-priced at $666.66. “The first Apple was just a culmination of my whole life.” Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder Apple Computers. On April Fool’s Day, 1976, they released the Apple I computer and started Apple Computers. The Apple I was the first single circuit board computer. It came with a video interface, 8k of RAM and a keyboard. The system incorporated some economical components, including the 6502 processor (designed by Rockwell and produced by MOS Technologies) and dynamic RAM. Just to add, until 1984, Apple was non-macintosh.

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