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nagromme
Sep 29, 2004, 02:27 AM
Haven't seen one of these evolution threads updated for the new G5, so here you go :) Some great designs... some not so great...


Apple Lisa and Mac XL:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_mac_xl.jpg

Macintosh:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_mac_128k.gif

Mac SE:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_mac_se.jpg

Mac Classic:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_mac_classic.jpg

Color Classic:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_mac_colorclassic.jpg

LC 520:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_performa_500.gif

Mac TV:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_mac_tv.jpg

Power Mac 5200:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_powermac_5200.gif

20th Anniversary Mac:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_20th_mac.jpg

Power Mac G3 All-In-One:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_powermac_g3aio.jpg

iMac:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_imac.jpg

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_imac_colors.jpg

Revised:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_imac_bluedalmation.gif

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_imac_snow.gif

eMac:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_emac.jpg

iMac G4:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_imac_fp_17.jpg

iMac G5:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_imac_g5.jpg


See:
http://everymac.com
http://www.apple-history.com
http://www.lowendmac.com

munkle
Sep 29, 2004, 02:51 AM
Thanks for the pics, a nice trip down memory lane. :)

Mr. Anderson
Sep 29, 2004, 08:14 AM
What always gets me thinking when I see these is what would the original designers of the first all in one Mac say if they saw the latest one....

And its also interesting to realize that Apple has been the most successful in providing an all in one computer from the very beginning.....there aren't that many others out there, and none that have last as long.

D

Chip NoVaMac
Sep 29, 2004, 08:21 AM
Thanks for the memories.

It does show how Apple has been able to keep the idea alive and well as the technology changes.

NusuniAdmin
Sep 29, 2004, 09:34 AM
ah smudge my messege before if you saw it


anyways cool pics

virividox
Sep 29, 2004, 09:38 AM
nice!!!

solvs
Sep 29, 2004, 12:04 PM
And people say All-in-ones won't sell. Well... for PCs, I guess. Some people like the ease of use. That's why they use Macs. :D

nagromme
Sep 29, 2004, 01:05 PM
I think they only real cringes are the LC520 and, of course, Flower Power :)

Note that the iMac wasn't Apple's first use of translucency, or even Bondi blue. Aside from the translucent eMate (Newton) subnotebook, that PowerMac G3 All-In-One is half beige and half translucent white (the whole top and back). And the beige PowerMac G3 towers used a translucent Bondi blue triangular blob on top that you pressed to open the case. Well before the first iMac. I always thought the big blob of toothpaste seemed out of place...

http://everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac/media/easytower_movie.html

jackieonasses
Sep 29, 2004, 01:09 PM
that reminds me...i need to be looking for myself a Mac Classic. i really want one~! and sweet pictures man.

Xenious
Sep 29, 2004, 01:18 PM
It seems like the Mac started out cool, had some ugly years and then had a nice renascence with the iMacs. I still like the classic Mac design. It brings back memories of working on English papers in college oh and playing oregon trail! ahah

t300
Sep 29, 2004, 01:28 PM
I think they only real cringes are the LC520 and, of course, Flower Power :)

Note that the iMac wasn't Apple's first use of translucency, or even Bondi blue. Aside from the translucent eMate (Newton) subnotebook, that PowerMac G3 All-In-One is half beige and half translucent white (the whole top and back). And the beige PowerMac G3 towers used a translucent Bondi blue triangular blob on top that you pressed to open the case. Well before the first iMac. I always thought the big blob of toothpaste seemed out of place...

http://everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac/media/easytower_movie.html

Oh, come on...The LC520 is not that bad. Compared to Flower Power it is awesome. Good timeline. I love All-In-One's and to me, Apple is the ONLY one that can make them...

And how could post this thread without including any mention of this little creation...

http://www.bandardesigns.com/images/eone_ad.jpg

Roger1
Sep 29, 2004, 01:46 PM
Take the pic's and turn them into an avatar :D That would be cool!

wdlove
Sep 29, 2004, 02:13 PM
Oh, come on...The LC520 is not that bad. Compared to Flower Power it is awesome. Good timeline. I love All-In-One's and to me, Apple is the ONLY one that can make them...

And how could post this thread without including any mention of this little creation...

http://www.bandardesigns.com/images/eone_ad.jpg

That LC520 is just way too boxy. No wonder why it didn't last.

The Mac down memory lane photo's are awesome, thank you.

LadyCat
Sep 29, 2004, 02:24 PM
Nice job nagromme! It's history-in-one post! Remind me there is a bunch of these "antique" sitting somewhere in the company storage too...

nagromme
Sep 29, 2004, 03:30 PM
I still run into people using PRE-SE original Macs sometimes. Just for word processing and basic office stuff on a LAN. It's amazing how long Macs keep on going.

Doctor Q
Sep 29, 2004, 04:08 PM
We got an LC 520 at school when they first came out. It was the first Macintosh on campus and the whole school shared that one computer!

Mr. Anderson
Sep 29, 2004, 04:45 PM
But its interesting to see that the PowerMac 5200 was Black :D

It would be nice to see some others that color once in a while.


D

wowser
Sep 29, 2004, 05:15 PM
Of the more recent ones, i still prefer the Snow iMac (G3)

The color classic and original Mac looks awesome, too. I'm still not totally sold on the new iMac - it's nice, but i didn't have the same feeling of 'want' as i did the g4 one

Macmaniac
Sep 29, 2004, 06:21 PM
I'll never forget when Gateway did their rip off series, I was so mad at them :mad:

nagromme
Sep 29, 2004, 08:45 PM
Actually, the Mac TV was the black one. I bet we'll see more black Macs some day in the distant future. White, silver, clear, chrome and black are about the only simple, minimalist colors that fit with Apple's general approach. So some day, when Apple is ready for a big shift, I bet black will show up in desktops. Probably around the time that PCs finally start going mostly white :D (And if colors come back to Mac, maybe primaries. I think the new iMac would look great in primary red, yellow, etc., painted behind the clear plastic the way the white ones are for that super-glossy effect.)

I also think it's ironic that people (including me) used to call Macs "white," starting with the Mac SE. Biege computers back then were often either a hideous yellow (like the original Mac) or a nasty gray-brown. So by comparison, when Macs came out in Apple's lighter-beige "platinum" (SE through G3), it seemed like white or light grey!

Then PCs started to copy the Mac's color and to this day, Mac "platinum" is still the standard color for PCs. But Mac abandoned that color and now we see it for what it was all along... just another beige. Macs are at last TRULY white. Or silver as the case may be...

wowser
Sep 29, 2004, 08:56 PM
that reminds me...i need to be looking for myself a Mac Classic. i really want one~! and sweet pictures man.

they go for cheap prices, too! I'm looking to get an eMate :)

mymemory
Sep 29, 2004, 09:48 PM
What always gets me thinking when I see these is what would the original designers of the first all in one Mac say if they saw the latest one....D

I can tell you:

we wouldn't design something so ugly

homerjward
Sep 29, 2004, 10:24 PM
that lisa sure was big :eek: imo the best looking of the lot is the emac but that's just me...

----Bowie----
Sep 29, 2004, 10:29 PM
And how could post this thread without including any mention of this little creation...

http://www.bandardesigns.com/images/eone_ad.jpg

Haha, I have one of those! It's the worst computer ever!!! I can't get it working at all. I think its time to drop it off my roof! :) :cool: :p

macaddictann
Sep 29, 2004, 11:47 PM
The app Mactracker (http://www.mactracker.ca/) is great for memory lane trips, too. Pictures, history, start-up and death chimes, the whole deal. :)

My assistant director has an SE/30 in her office. She didn't want me to toss all the old manuals and stuff because hey, she might still need it one day. Man... And you should see her office. It's nothing short of a clinical disorder.

Brettla
Sep 29, 2004, 11:53 PM
As much as most people didn't like the look of the Flower Power iMac, I really think it looks cool, I don't think the designs look that much like flowers, but more like a funky tie-dye job. I've been watching a few used Mac sites to try to find one, to put a bigger hard drive in and use as a file server.

phreakout13
Sep 30, 2004, 01:02 AM
As much as most people didn't like the look of the Flower Power iMac, I really think it looks cool, I don't think the designs look that much like flowers, but more like a funky tie-dye job. I've been watching a few used Mac sites to try to find one, to put a bigger hard drive in and use as a file server.I agree with you. Why does everyone hate them? Cold industrial computers suck, ideas like flower power are what make Apple cool :)

Counterfit
Sep 30, 2004, 02:23 AM
What's with all the hatin' on the LC520? :(
Ours is still going almost 11 years on. Sure, the HD died after a few years, and we've gone through several external APS drives ( :mad: ), but we could still use it to type a paper in ClarisWorks 5 and print it out on our StyleWriter II!


That is, if it was plugged in... :rolleyes:

matthew24
Sep 30, 2004, 08:46 AM
Actually I never knew there had been something like: Power Mac G3 All-In-One!!! :confused:

zelmo
Sep 30, 2004, 08:59 AM
I have an SE/30 at home that I fired up just last month - still works like new. My wife occasionally asks me when I'm going to throw it out - makes me wonder if she even knows who I am.

oingoboingo
Sep 30, 2004, 09:12 AM
What always gets me thinking when I see these is what would the original designers of the first all in one Mac say if they saw the latest one....

Probably something like "A 64MB GeForce FX 5200?!?! How the hell am I going to be able to play UT2004 on THAT?!??!"

Couldn't resist :)

wwooden
Oct 2, 2004, 10:54 AM
In the picture he shows the 10th anniversary Mac (you know, the one with the bose sound system), but he labeled it as the 20th anniversary Mac. Am I wrong? I thought this year was the 20th anniversary of the Mac, and i Haven't seen any computer like that come out. Just thought i would point that out, I'm sure it's just a type. Either way, it's a really good picture. :)

EminenceGrise
Oct 2, 2004, 02:28 PM
In the picture he shows the 10th anniversary Mac (you know, the one with the bose sound system), but he labeled it as the 20th anniversary Mac. Am I wrong? I thought this year was the 20th anniversary of the Mac, and i Haven't seen any computer like that come out. Just thought i would point that out, I'm sure it's just a type. Either way, it's a really good picture. :)

The TAM was for the 20th Anniversary of Apple, the company - not the Macintosh proper. Apple, of course, started off making the Apple I, ][, etc. a number of years before the Macintosh came out in 1984. The TAM == 20th Anniversary Macintosh.

themadchemist
Oct 2, 2004, 03:08 PM
What always gets me thinking when I see these is what would the original designers of the first all in one Mac say if they saw the latest one....


The time course of development has been short enough that most of the people who developed the original all-in-one Mac are probably still around here somewhere. I'm sure there are comments from some of them and at least one is floating around google--It's just a question of patience. But I agree, would be interesting to hear.


And its also interesting to realize that Apple has been the most successful in providing an all in one computer from the very beginning.....there aren't that many others out there, and none that have last as long.

D

That's a very good point about which I had not thought.

gooddog
Oct 2, 2004, 03:37 PM
That's a very good point about which I had not thought.[/QUOTE]
**********************************

That is the kind of twisted sentence structure up with which I am fed :)

---gooddog

cslewis
Oct 2, 2004, 04:28 PM
Seeing the mac OSes over history is fun. It's fascinating to see not only how the physical computer evolved, but also the user interface.

Link (http://www.aci.com.pl/mwichary/guidebook/interfaces/macos)

The site can also be found in my signature. It's the GUIde.

wowser
Oct 2, 2004, 04:43 PM
Seeing the mac OSes over history is fun. It's fascinating to see not only how the physical computer evolved, but also the user interface.

Link (http://www.aci.com.pl/mwichary/guidebook/interfaces/macos)

The site can also be found in my signature. It's the GUIde.

thanks! i have been lookinf for a site like this

solvs
Oct 2, 2004, 05:39 PM
As much as most people didn't like the look of the Flower Power iMac, I really think it looks cool, I don't think the designs look that much like flowers, but more like a funky tie-dye job. I've been watching a few used Mac sites to try to find one, to put a bigger hard drive in and use as a file server.
PowerMax and SmallDog are good places to start.

themadchemist
Oct 2, 2004, 06:22 PM
That's a very good point about which I had not thought.
**********************************

That is the kind of twisted sentence structure up with which I am fed :)

---gooddog[/QUOTE]

LOL. I just really hate to end sentences with prepositions, especially in writing.

wowser
Oct 2, 2004, 06:25 PM
maybe it's that old school jewish way of talking. Like when Bobby Hill started talking like that on King of the Hill

themadchemist
Oct 2, 2004, 06:40 PM
maybe it's that old school jewish way of talking. Like when Bobby Hill started talking like that on King of the Hill

that jewish way of talking? I doubt that.

Maybe just a stuck-up, anal retentive way of talking.

nagromme
Oct 2, 2004, 09:40 PM
As much as most people didn't like the look of the Flower Power iMac, I really think it looks cool
I don't like it for myself, but I do like it just as a weird and unusual option. Kinda like how I'd never put a bunch of lights in a PC with a clear case, but I can see the fun in it all the same.


What's with all the hatin' on the LC520? :(
I do think the LC520 is pretty ugly--like several different blocks of mismatched things jammed together. And yet... the Performa version of that was the first Mac I (reluctantly) recommended to someone... back in my Mac-hating days when someone who was dead set on a Mac wanted my help choosing the best model. (Even then I secretly lusted after a Duo... but that model didn't make sense in this case.)


Actually I never knew there had been something like: Power Mac G3 All-In-One!!! :confused:
I knew it existed, but until I saw one in person I didn't realize just how rounded--and translucent--it was. It even had a giant clear Apple logo on each side and came in a colorful cube box like the iMac (and now eMac) came in. It was truly the first iMac, in everything but name. But it was an edu-only model like the eMac was at first.

It's weird but I like it. Built-in Zip, floppy, and optical. Even dual headphone jacks--NOT an iMac first. It had a 15" screen with swivel stand, and could mirror to an external display.

And unlike an iMac it hadn optional composite/S-video IN and OUT! And THREE PCI slots.

From: http://www.wap.org/journal/molarmac/default.html

http://www.wap.org/journal/molarmac/aiofront.jpeg

http://www.wap.org/journal/molarmac/aioback.jpeg

http://pointmac.free.fr/images/images_modeles/g_artemis.jpg

http://www1.linkclub.or.jp/~akama2/5-g3-allinone.gif

Translucent and beige styles combined. Weird!

I think it was Mac the Knife that called it Tommy the Tooth :D Molar Mac is fitting too. The top even has 4 "cusps" and a low spot in the middle like a tooth.

And my own ranking for looks: The iMac G5 is the best design ever, followed by my very own eMac, with the iMac G4 taking bronze (plus bonus points for the slick mechanism). Then the TAM below--another Mac I secretly wanted even while hating Macs on principle. The original iMac would be next--Snow, Sage and Ruby are my color preferences :)

And if I'm not limited to AIOs, the PRE-Mirrored PowerMac G4 (with the thick clear handles but no "speed holes") has to be the coolest desktop ever, viewed purely as art. The current Apple laptops are among the nicest-looking computers ever, too (especially when the iBooks still had the clear, glassy finish), and the current PowerMac should get honorable mention. It does fit Apple's current style better than the G4 towers did. I really like the looks/shape of Apple's clear mouse, too. (But don't go there!)

http://tam.axon.net/images/399.jpg

If you want more images of any of these, Google Images is your friend.

Counterfit
Oct 3, 2004, 02:02 AM
And if I'm not limited to AIOs, the PRE-Mirrored PowerMac G4 (with the thick clear handles but no "speed holes") has to be the coolest desktop ever, viewed purely as art. That would be the Quicksilver.

There is/was a neat AIO G3 hack on Applefritter, but thanks to the redesign, I can't find it.

ijimk
Oct 3, 2004, 08:12 AM
All in one macs are kool, but i think from my expierence with them I personally am better off getting a tower an monitor. Those were some kool pics tho. :)

nagromme
Jan 25, 2006, 11:58 AM
I can't edit my original post due to the new image limit (10 per post), but here's how the story ends today :)


eMac:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_emac.jpg

iMac G4:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_imac_fp_17.jpg

iMac G5:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_imac_g5.jpg

Core Duo iMac:

http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_imac_g5_isight.jpg


See http://everymac.com for more.

bartelby
Jan 25, 2006, 12:12 PM
I'm beginning to think that I'm the only person in the world who liked the Flower Power iMac.

pknz
Jan 25, 2006, 12:57 PM
Where are the Performa's?

ziwi
Jan 25, 2006, 01:04 PM
What about the one I have at home that still works - the Mac Plus ;)

aquajet
Jan 25, 2006, 01:24 PM
I'm beginning to think that I'm the only person in the world who liked the Flower Power iMac.

I like them too, along with the Blue Dalmation. They didn't sell too well, and interestingly enough, they demand a price premium on ebay.

bartelby
Jan 25, 2006, 01:28 PM
I like them too, along with the Blue Dalmation. They didn't sell too well, and interestingly enough, they demand a price premium on ebay.


Yeah, I just had a look on ebay, there's only 2 in the UK and one has a Buy Now price of 300.

maestro55
Jan 25, 2006, 04:04 PM
http://everymac.com/images/cpu_pictures/apple_imac_colors.jpg

Yum.

Nice thread! I remember using the Classic, that is how far back I go in my mac experience. I also remember going down to Apple in Austin with my dad with the new iMacs came out with the 'Yum" theme. Since then my dream has been to work for Apple. I don't think that is going to happen since I will be going into computer networking and basing my knowledge around Unix, but maybe one of these days Apple will need a networking guy and I will get to use Macintosh OS X (or whatever they have then) server.

Anyhow.. the "Yum" photo brought back a lot of memories...

Tangerine, Lime, Strawberry, Blueberry, Grape.. :)

Doctor Q
Jan 25, 2006, 04:10 PM
I collected some of those Yum posters when I had the chance, and gave them to teachers at school. Some of them ended up on classroom walls, there they subtly influenced young minds with the "Apple... Apple... Apple..." message ever since. Sneaky subliminal advertising.