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MacBytes
Jan 28, 2008, 12:00 AM
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Category: Mac Websites
Link: Apple’s website, circa 1997 (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20080128010025)
Description:: We thought we’d take you back to a simpler time in Apple’s web history… a time when the Macworld Expo was held in Boston, “Leopard” was called “OS 8″, and vertical scrolling was allowed on its home page. Behold Apple.com circa 1997.

(Say what you will about Apple’s environmental policies, but there’s no question that Apple’s PR department has been “recycling” that "World's Fastest Computer" line for over 11 years!).

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Quillz
Jan 28, 2008, 12:59 AM
Looked pretty awful, like most sites back in the 90s.

4God
Jan 28, 2008, 01:01 AM
Now there's a different kind of "Time Machine". That totally was how sites looked back then. What a trip to see how far the net has come.

Yvan256
Jan 28, 2008, 07:52 AM
One of the link in the comments (and much more interesting):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kernelpanic/sets/283374/

mainstreetmark
Jan 28, 2008, 08:16 AM
Why not look at them all ...

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.apple.com

..or even our beloved ...

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.macrumors.com

which, oddly, had it's squat page archived for a few months.

sunfast
Jan 28, 2008, 08:42 AM
The flickr link is fascinating, thanks for pointing that out. I've visited apple.com via the the archive.org way back machine before though that's a much easier way of doing it!

JML42691
Jan 28, 2008, 08:51 AM
Does anybody know the date when their website took the biggest change to looking like it does today? I know it probably morphed slowly over time, but there had to be some major jump to how it looks today. Like when it took a jump from the 97 type site to when it began to have the tabs at the top and such.

EDIT: Never minds, just saw mainstreetmark's post. It appears that it changed somewhere between 11/99 and 2/00, so my guess is that it changed for the new millennium.

EvilDoc
Jan 28, 2008, 09:48 AM
Its funny to see the Apple advertisements really haven't change in almost 10 + years. I guess you stick with what works.

AdeFowler
Jan 28, 2008, 09:52 AM
Some things never change :eek:

nagromme
Jan 28, 2008, 02:07 PM
For a REAL look at Apple.com bizarreness, I want to see a shot that has iCards as one of the top main buttons! Seriously... email greeting cards getting permanent top billing! (And what do you know? They're still available, tucked away in .Mac but apparently free without needing .Mac?)

Here we go! (And iReview? I don't even know what that is!)

http://ka-yue.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/apple-97-98.gif

Bonus points if anyone can dig up a shot of Apple.com showing iCards at the top and featuring the Flower Power iMac in the middle... if that ever happened...

twoodcc
Jan 28, 2008, 02:43 PM
Looked pretty awful, like most sites back in the 90s.

yeah it did. they've come a long way

millap
Jan 28, 2008, 03:04 PM
(And iReview? I don't even know what that is!)


Back in the days when .mac was called iTools, iReview was a section for reviews on web sites, which worked a bit like the reviews section on the iTunes store.

There was also an interesting spin on parental controls for blocking offensive websites. They introduced a technology called KidSafe, which worked by blocking ALL internet websites, except for ones that had been certified as "safe" by registered school teachers and librarians. That way, a kid could type "SEX" into a search engine, and instead of getting the kind of stuff you would imagine, they got websites on things like the human reproductive system etc...

and all these tools were... £Free

thesdx
Jan 28, 2008, 03:17 PM
Bonus points if anyone can dig up a shot of Apple.com showing iCards at the top and featuring the Flower Power iMac in the middle... if that ever happened...

Those were the days. :)

thesdx
Jan 28, 2008, 03:25 PM
These were fun to see:

http://web.archive.org/web/20010608091755/www.apple.com/macosx/theater/

Videos of Mac OS X when it first started shipping.

JDR
Jan 28, 2008, 03:48 PM
That Flickr link was great...quite nostalgic! I can clearly remember seeing some of those when they were up on the website, but others I have no recollection!

-JDR

skyrider007
Jan 28, 2008, 04:13 PM
vintage websites are so adorable :)

Burnsey
Jan 28, 2008, 04:49 PM
http://thoughtdifferent.com/

MacsRgr8
Jan 29, 2008, 05:47 AM
http://thoughtdifferent.com/

That's cool!

Tnx for that :)

zzcoop
Jan 29, 2008, 01:21 PM
It appears that it changed somewhere between 11/99 and 2/00, so my guess is that it changed for the new millennium.

Albeit a year too early. ;)

Lord Sam
Jan 29, 2008, 01:37 PM
Wow. Crap. What a huge difference!

gkarris
Jan 29, 2008, 01:49 PM
http://thoughtdifferent.com/

Now that is a cool site....


(keeps clicking on the Bondi-Blu iMac....)

Much Ado
Jan 29, 2008, 01:53 PM
One of the link in the comments (and much more interesting):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kernelpanic/sets/283374/

Wow, superb link.

Eidorian
Jan 29, 2008, 01:59 PM
Those were the days...

Mac gaming news on Page 1...

Lord Sam
Jan 31, 2008, 01:15 PM
And by that rate, 10 years from now, Apple's website will contain the iTeleporter (revolutionizing the travel industry) the iHouse, the iKitchen, (revolutionizing the living industry) and last but not least, iEternalLife, so Steve Jobs can live forever and stay with the company just as long.:D

BlueZombie
Jan 31, 2008, 10:36 PM
Apple has come a long way since then :D

Lord Sam
Feb 1, 2008, 03:56 PM
And by that rate, 10 years from now, Apple's website will contain the iTeleporter (revolutionizing the travel industry) the iHouse, the iKitchen, (revolutionizing the living industry) and last but not least, iEternalLife, so Steve Jobs can live forever and stay with the company just as long.:D Oh, and the iPolutionDestroyer (to keep Green Peace happy)