Five Iconic Macintosh Computers to Remember Since 1984

Last week, the Mac celebrated its third decade since it was first revealed to the world. This is quite a milestone, as 30 years in the tech industry is quite the achievement. Steve Jobs is primarily responsible for this; his genius and instinct for what customers will find attractive are quite admirable. These show in the products that Apple are quite famous for today. From the iconic iPod to the popular iPhone, Apple shows no signs of stopping from producing such groundbreaking gadgets.

Mac is the Greatest of All Apples

Apple’s line of smartphones and tablets may be the company’s most well-known gizmos right now, but it’s the Mac that started Apple’s reign as one of the greatest tech leaders. The desktop computer devices are the master tools, as they are the ultimate functional gadget for everyone.

It has just the right screen for videos and entertainment, a keyboard for working anywhere, and the hardware that can handle loads of useful programs. Many may declare that the desktop is dying, but they couldn’t be more wrong. It is, in fact, evolving to fit the needs of today’s consumers better, which shows in the way Mac is changing.

Macs Past and Present

Today’s Macs wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the Lisa. This prototype has a Graphical User Interface that allowed users to point and click objects in a screen with a mouse. Although a revolutionary product, the experiment with Lisa turned out to be a grand failure. However, it paved the way for the following line of iconic Macs:

1. Macintosh 128k

Apple Macintosh 128k

Named as such because its memory only has 128KB capacity, this Macintosh followed the release of the Lisa. With only one year apart, the Macintosh garnered admiration when Jobs first introduced it in 1984.

Awesome as this computer was, the Macintosh 128k is too slow to handle different programs smoothly however. It soon became infamous among its users until many of them looked to other manufacturers for computer choices.

2. Macintosh II

Apple Macintosh II

The first Macintosh to feature a color display in 1987, the Macintosh II line served to provide consumers with a useful workstation they can rely on. It was the first modular model of Macintosh due to uniform look that combined an all-in-one design with a CRT.

It also had 1 MB of RAM, which was expandable to 20 MB, allowing for more efficient operations. Other specs included drive bays for an internal hard disk with an option to place a second floppy disk drive.

3. Powerbook 100-Series

Apple Powerbook 170

Although not a brainchild by Jobs, the Powerbook still has its own fame due to its compact look that belies its various functions. Released in 1991, this portable subnotebook had 2-8 MB of memory, a monochrome Liquid Crystal Display, and Motorola 68000, a comparatively powerful processor then at 16 MHz.

One thing missing, though, was the built-in floppy disk drive. This has caused problems, as people rely then on the floppy drive to view and transfer documents on different devices. Still, the Powerbook 100 has been awarded many times as one of the greatest gadgets of all time, due to its innovative design.

4. iMac G3

Apple iMac G3

Breaking away from the beige boxed look, the iMac G3 made a splash in 1998 with its translucent plastic design. It did away with the floppy disk drives once again and featured a recordable CD drive instead. USB ports were also present, making them a handy device to have around.

The iMac also adapted a new name and has dropped the ‘-kintosh’ to make way for the new line of desktops.

5. Mac Mini

Apple Mac Mini 2005 edition

Marketed as an entry-level small-form computer, the Mac Mini in 2005 was a square device powered by laptop components. Users had to attach their own monitor, keyboard, mouse, and other computer accessories for it to work.

It had some problems, though, as it wasn’t as fast or or had as much storage as other desktop computers. The 2011 upgrade solved these issues, making it compete more with other brands.

Macs of the Future

These great gadgets have been the forerunners for the Macs currently on offer today. MacBook Pro in 2006 has come and gone, with the MacBook Air, the world’s thinnest laptop at the time of its launch. Such inspiring offerings from Apple are just some of the innovations we can expect. This makes us wait in bated breath for the next Apple product. If the Mac Pro just this 2013 looks like a stylish ‘trash can,’ we can only wonder at the marvels Apple will uncover when it comes to its desktops.



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