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Macintosh k Thirty years ago, Apple released the Macintosh, and the company was never the same. The model pictured here is actually the Macintosh k, which nearly identical to the original Macintosh introduced in Januarybut with an increase in memory from the K shipped on the original model, earning it the nickname "Fat Mac.
Note the color change on this particular model from the Macintosh k's beige to gray. The Macintosh Portable came out in weighing in at almost 16 pounds. This is the LC II, which ushered in an era of smaller chassis for Apple and would eventually be replicated under the Performa brand later in the decade.
One notable feature on this Quadra was the introduction of an Ethernet jack, which would come to be the standard for cable networking. This model, the PowerBookwas the high-end version of Apple's first PowerBook models introduced in lateand much easier to tote than the Macintosh Portable at around 7 pounds.
These notebooks weighed just 4 pounds and used docking stations in order to eliminate as many ports as possible from the notebooks themselves. Former Apple employee and current blogger Chuq Van Rospach called this model one of his favorite Macs of all time.
It didn't work out so well after being introduced in October which, coincidentally or not, was around the time Apple's market share started to head south for a decade.
It was designed as a high-end desktop to replace the Quadra and set the stage for a decade of computers designed around the PowerPC architecture. Apple eventually dropped the price more in line with the rest of the Macintosh lineup and sales picked up, but this computer appeared to be more about design than profit.
The multicolored design, introduction of USB ports, and emphasis on simplicity brought a lot of buzz back to Apple, and this model set the stage for the company's desktop computing design strategy that persists today.
Courtesy of Apple Computer 13 of 24 Power Macintosh G3 Blue and White Jobs' design influence was clearly being felt as the s came to a close, with this Power Macintosh G3 Blue and White replacing a very drab model of the same name as Apple's high-end desktop product.
The side of this machine swung down for easy access to the innards of the system. It resembles later student-laptop designs such as the XO Laptop and Intel's Classmate PC and came with integrated wireless networking, which would eventually become ubiquitous but was a rare thing in It had a huge following among many Mac fans but was plagued by faint lines on the exterior that some felt were cracks and others felt were blemishes.
Apple discontinued the Cube in after noting that buyers seemed to prefer the slightly cheaper Power Mac G4 minitower. Various metals were introduced as the basis for the chassis, with the titanium PowerBook arriving first, followed by this aluminum model.
This model also introduced the concept of a flat-panel display atop a flexible arm and base, which held the electronics. That design was required, however, because of the significant heat thrown off by the G5 processor.
The Mac Mini has never been a huge seller, but it is a favorite of Mac hobbyists who like to modify their machines or use them as home-entertainment servers.Hansen Hsu is Curator of the Center for Software History at the Computer History Museum, a former Apple Cocoa software engineer, and Cornell STS Ph.D.
graduate. Thanks to the Computer History Museum, Apple buffs can delve into company history with the first business plan and IPO. The Computer History Museum has announced plans to release an open source version of the operating system for Apple's Lisa computer.
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