Thirty-five years ago, on January 24, 1984, at the Flint center of the De Anza College in Cupertino, California, Steve Jobs introduced the first Macintosh. The Mac was not like anything before. It was the first computer machine with a graphical user interface and a mouse.
Since then, Mac has been the center of a personal computer revolution that has changed the way we work and create content. With Mac turning 35, let's take a look at some of the best Macs that changed personal computing forever.
The original Macintosh: 1984
On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs released the Macintosh that turned the entire computer industry upside down. This was the first computer that took advantage of the GUI (Graphical User Interface). The machine had a price of $ 2495 when it was introduced in 1984.
The computer has a Motorola MC68000 CPU of 8MHz and 128 Kb of RAM. The original Macintosh was the first personal computer that came with a floppy, keyboard and mouse. He is also credited with being the first computer that could be set up without any technical knowledge.
Apple announced to a large extent the Macintosh and even created a TVC that was directed by Ridley Scott. It's still the most impressive commercial you ever created.
Macintosh SE: 1987
Already in 1987, Apple created Mac more efficient in black and white. It was fast, very fast. The Macintosh SE is sent with a 6-MHz 16-MHz processor, 40 MB or 80 MB hard drive, and 1 MB or 4 MB RAM. The $ 3700 SE Macintosh had a plugin for a mouse and keyboard. And yes, it was the first Mac with a cooling fan.
Macintosh portable: 1989
It was not a great product, but Apple's incursion began in the portable computer space. Although it had some impressive specs (a 16 MHz processor, an active matrix screen and a trackball), the machine was not portable enough. He measured 4 inches thick and weighed 15.8 pounds. Even the price of the Macintosh laptop was very high at $ 6500. All these reasons worked against Macintosh Portable.
20th anniversary Macintosh: 1997
On March 20, 1997, Apple introduced the 20th anniversary Macintosh, a special edition of Mac aimed at consuming multimedia content. The machine was the first flat screen of Mac, and it came with leather club debris, a TV tuner card, S-video input and a custom sound designed by Bose.
I used to sell for at least $ 9,000 at the time, and this price made the machine also made. It is said that Apple delivered the 20th anniversary macros in the homes of buyers through the limo, and a man with tuxedos set up the expensive computer.
Unfortunately, Apple only managed to sell a handful of units. Apple reduced the price of the 20th anniversary of Macintosh to $ 2000, before discontinuing the product in 1998.
Although the 20th anniversary of Macintosh was seen as a great flop at that time, it is a collecting item in the news. An average Macintosh price for the 20th anniversary is $ 1800 (depending on the condition) on eBay in the U.S..
iMac G3: 1998
On May 6, 1998, Steve Jobs made the scene and announced the iMac G3, a computer that saved Apple from bankruptcy. It was the first computer after Jobs returned to Apple and established Jony Ive as a master designer.
The Mac G3 is still one of the best designed Macs. In a certain sense, the way we look at computers changed. When computers at that time were boring and, to a large extent, not very impressive, the Mac G3 had a translucent back that allowed users to see the internal operation of the computer and reach "Bondi blue."
But it was not simply beautiful. The Mac G3 introduced a number of new features, including a built-in phone modem, a hidden cable management compartment and the use of USB ports instead of Apple's older proprietary connections.
Later, in 1999, Apple had upgraded the iMac G3 with a faster 266 MHz G3 chip, the price was reduced to $ 100 and the machine was made available in a range of options color The iMac G3 is made up of Jony Ive's design creations.
Electronic book: 1999
Launched in 1999, Apple's iBook made laptops cool and trendy. The university students considered the iBook for one reason: the design. It imitates the design of the iMac G3 and reached the housing of translucent plastic. It was a good design product and had reasonable specifications.
It had a PowerPC 750 chipset of 300Mhz and 32Mb or 64MB of RAM (depending on the model). The iBook was the first Mac that was launched with graphs based on AGP and UMA (Unified Motherboard Architecture). And that was not all. It was also the first Mac that was sold with integrated wireless internet. The iBook was sold for $ 1599.
Power Mac G4 Cube: 2000
The Power Mac G4 Cube continues to fascinate designers, enthusiasts and collectors. It was not successful from a commercial point of view, but it will always be remembered for its provocative design. Launched at the Macworld Expo in July 2000 in New York, the G4 Cube was more an attempt to showcase the design skill of Apple than the interns of the product.
The machine that was looking for the future was essentially the G4 equipment packed in an 8-inch cube, which was later suspended in a crystalline case. Perhaps the highlight of the G4 Cube was the possibility of easily accessing their interiors through the bottom of the machine. Other features include an air convection cooling system and a touch-sensitive power button.
The G4 Cube, however, had a high cost. It was launched at a price of $ 1799, which not many people considered it was logical to pay a low power machine. However, the most important reasons why the Power Mac G4 Cube failed to a large extent because the machine faced several technical problems such as overheating and cracks in the polycarbonate cap. As a result, Apple had to suspend the G4 Cube in July 2001.
iMac G4: 2002
Released in 2002, the design of Apple iMac G4 was really advanced in its time. Still today, the Mac G4 looks amazing. His design was different from any other computer available at that time.
The Mac G4 came with a 15-inch LCD screen mounted on an adjustable metal arm above the mid-dome base, where all the interiors, ports and connectivity were hosted. Since the metallic arms rotate and move very similar to a sunflower, it allows the user to adjust the height of the screen up or down and turn to the side.
The all-in-one iMac G4 explains a lot about the companies of Jony Ive and Steve Jobs and their common vision to create beautiful and functional products. Even now, iMac G4 is in many desktops, including mine, and in perfect condition.
Mac Mini: 2005
Released in 2005, Mac Mini was the attempt of Apple to enter the low-end market for the PC. To keep the price low, Apple sent the Mac Mini without a monitor, keyboard or any additional peripheral. The idea was that users could buy a Mac Mini for as low as $ 500.
And Apple delivered its promise. The machine has a PowerPC G4 processor and up to 1GB of RAM on board. It also came with a 40GB or 80GB hard drive; decent for regular users. Later iterations came with an Intel processor and good hardware specifications.
Apple still sells a Mac Mini, although the company no longer sells the product at $ 499. Instead of that, the new model starts at $ 799, $ 300 more than the initial model of Mac Mini from the previous generation. The foundation of the price rise is due to the improvement of internal standards, and, above all, the new Mac Mini is now geared towards advanced users and creative professionals.
MacBook Pro: 2006
With the 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple looked at a top-level computing experience with the $ 1999 laptop. Launched in 2006, it was the first portable Mac that came with an Intel processor.
The MacBook Pro offers a completely new design language; The notebook was robust and slim but very powerful. The base model is supplied with a dual core processor and a 80 GB hard drive. In 2006, Apple released a 17-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple MacBook Pro was the most powerful portable Macintosh of its time. To some extent, it changed the way people see a high-end notebook. Unlike the notebooks of the previous generation of the company, the new MacBook Pro was aimed at advanced users and creative professionals.
Twelve years later, the main philosophy behind the MacBook Pro has not changed. The MacBook Pro continues to be marketed in multitasking and creative professionals.
MacBook Air: 2008
The crowd encouraged when Steve Jobs grabbed a handlebar envelope and pulled out the MacBook Air during Macworld 2008. It was not an ordinary laptop; MacBook Air was the thinnest laptop in the world at that time. However, the thin laptop came at a high cost and, of course, Apple was targeting it. At that time, some called him a piece of technology too expensive; others called it the future of computer science.
However, it was not a perfect notebook. The Air was the first notebook of the company without a CD / DVD drive, no upgradeable RAM, a single USB port and any removable battery. Of course, there were many sacrifices made to make the laptop slim and thin. But the fact is that Apple had the opportunity to create a laptop that belongs to the future.
For a decade, most notebooks seem ridiculously thin and slim like the MacBook Air. Could Apple have heard the future in 2008? Absolutely. There is no popular notebook that Apple MacBook Air even today, and it's a fact.
Mac Pro: 2013
"I can not innovate anymore, my ass". These were comments by Phil Schiller when he announced the new Mac Pro during the World Conference on Developers (WWDC) in 2013. The new Mac Pro marked a redesign for the computer class of the # 39 ; company
Directed to pro-users and creative professionals, the Mac cylinder shape recalled something from a science fiction movie. The Apple cylindrical computer turned on the spotlight because everything was piled up in a small chassis, which only Apple could have removed. The desktop computer had an Intel Xenon processor, a couple of two AMD FirePro GPUs, up to 64 GB of DDR3 ECD memory and up to 6 GB of RAM RAM of GDD5.
Now that Apple is launching the new Mac Pro this year, the second generation Mac Pro will always be remembered for its unconventional design.
PowerMac G5: 2005
Already in October 2005, Apple launched the PowerMac G5. It was a computer designed to keep users happy, thanks to its dual-core PowerPC G5 processor. It was the last Mac to use PowerPC processors, since Apple went to Intel core processors. The PowerMac G5 was also launched as the world's first PC with 64-bit architecture. It was the fastest personal computer that Apple had sent over time.
Introduced in May 2006, the MacBook of $ 1099 quickly became popular among students, thanks to its affordable price. The MacBook had everything an average consumer was looking for in the notebook. It was elegant, although wrapped in white plastic; and it became available in black or white. The base model included an Intel Core 2 Duo dual-core processor, a MagSafe current adapter and the Apple iSight front camera.