View Full Version : What is Apple's best product of all time?

Oct 9, 2004, 09:09 PM
So I got tired or reading http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=27216 and thought I would try a diferent tack.

My favorit are the Apple II+ and my 17" PowerBook.

So what is yours?

Oct 9, 2004, 09:20 PM
the iPod (duh)
and those new cinama displays holy cow those r niiiiiice (espically with a G5 next to them ;) )

Oct 9, 2004, 09:25 PM
Pismo for me

Oct 9, 2004, 09:26 PM
i'd have to say the original iMac's, for without them, we might not be on this site today... :eek:


Oct 9, 2004, 09:39 PM
Pismo for me
I agree. I loves me some Pismo.

Also the cube. (although it was hardly the best from a business perspective. Innovative design though.)

The whole iMac line, from a design standpoint (G3-G5)

...sorry, was I only supposed to pick one?

Oct 9, 2004, 09:40 PM
Pismo for me

i agree, pismo was a beautiful machine.

The newton also, at maturity it did everything i wanted in a pda and more. splendid. (note i do not think apple should make a pda, though I would love to see them foray into the phone/pda market)

sometimes i cannot believe how long it is taking for a decent phone with pda capabilities to come to market... =P

Oct 9, 2004, 09:54 PM
the iPod orginal iMac are the two best why because they saved Apple and put it on the map again

Oct 9, 2004, 09:55 PM
From a design standpoint, its a three way tie between the new iMac G5 (i may not think so in the future) the cube (the most innovative still) and the original iMac (the first designer computer). From a technological standpoint, I say the G5 shook up some stuff upon release, as did the iPod.

Oct 9, 2004, 10:03 PM
Oh that's an easy one! The ballpoint pens they used to send when you registered Apple products are amazing. They seem have a magical property that makes them impossible to lose* or break. I think that mine will outlive me.

* "Borrowed" for lengths of time, but eventually returned.

Oct 9, 2004, 10:07 PM
original imac.

Oct 9, 2004, 10:11 PM
If your question is for fun then it's the iPod. If it is serious then obviously it's the 128K Macintosh (1984), no question about it. Without it we might still be in a DOS world without even a mouse to click with.

hello world
Oct 9, 2004, 10:28 PM
Hands down the 15" aluminum pb.

Oct 9, 2004, 10:47 PM
The Power Mac G5. This is by far the best computer I've ever owned, it is a total pleasure to own and use.

Oct 9, 2004, 10:56 PM
iMac G4s were really nice. Those were Cube tech, but better marketing.

I love my PowerBook G4 12"...

Oct 9, 2004, 10:59 PM
Design wise, I would go with the Cube, though most of the recent Macs are also beautiful, thanks to Apple's great design team. In terms of overall success, it's hard to argue with either the original iMacs or the iPods.

Oct 9, 2004, 11:02 PM
G4 Cube.

Like others have said, Best. Mac. Ever.

Oct 9, 2004, 11:19 PM
Apple Extended Keyboard II

Oct 9, 2004, 11:22 PM
tie for three; sorry im indecisive:
lisa 1 (without it there would be no macintosh--a flop but it paved the way for g5's and everything we know and love about apple), the original ibook (cmiw one of the first consumer laptops, had airport which exploded into an industry standard and is present in just about any modern laptop worth it's weight in plastic), and last but not least: the newton messagepad (among the first pda's, had handwriting recognition, several years ahead of it's time). these products may not have been incredible but they showed apple innovation and paved the way for a lot of the modern computing products we use today.

Oct 10, 2004, 07:39 AM
The Duos!!

In 1992 most laptops weighted 5kg, and the 2.2 kg Powerbook Duo came!!!! The ultimate portable and with a Duo Dock at home you had a nice desktop too!!

The duo is almost the same size that the powerbook 12-inch, but a bit thicker and a little shorter..

Blue Velvet
Oct 10, 2004, 07:58 AM

Dont Hurt Me
Oct 10, 2004, 08:46 AM
Candy color Imacs. this was the best seller and saved the company but what did apple learn with this product? nothing,everything that made it great they walked away from. It was the biggest success of all time and everything that made it so great they have ignored. oh well so much for a imac thats a tick away from powermac performance. Now we get waterdowned imacs with not even the fastest cpu from last years powermac. Apple learned ( 0 ) in what made the original the best.

Oct 10, 2004, 09:53 AM
I love the iPod Mini. It's just amazing.

Although the original iPod got the ball rolling, however a few improvements have made it that much better.

Oct 10, 2004, 11:14 AM
Personally I'd have to go with my Mac Classic II. It was my first Mac, and it still runs today.

But in the bigger picture, I'd have to say the iMac. It truly did save Apple in so many ways.

Oct 10, 2004, 11:23 AM
the one button mouse, of course :)

Oct 10, 2004, 11:41 AM
the one button mouse, of course :)

ohh man i can't stand the one button mouse. i had to go out and buy a m$ mouse just to suit my needs

Oct 10, 2004, 12:02 PM
OS X, hands down. Hands down.

Next up, Exposé.

Oct 10, 2004, 12:06 PM
It's difficult for me to have a fair judgement on this, because I joined Apple very late in its history (I do remember some English lessons where we used a Macintosh Classic though) and the 12" PowerBook is the only Mac that I've spent much time with.

So I'd have to say the 12" PowerBook! Best product though? I think, other than the original Macintosh, we'd have to say that Apple's best products have happened since Jobbs came back, i.e. the last 5-6 years. I think the iPod is up there (innovation - why didn't anyone else think of it?). Hmmm, let me think... I guess the Power Mac G5 is good too because it shows Apple's glorious future. And then Mac OS X has to be one of their best products too. Too hard to say.

My favourite: 12" PowerBook
Most innovative: G4 Cube? iPod, AirPort Express?

Oct 10, 2004, 12:21 PM
All imacs, I am more partial myself to the G4 and to a lesser point G5 imacs. But the original saved apple computers.

Oct 10, 2004, 12:22 PM
the one button mouse, of course :)

I agree I could not live with out a scroll wheel..

Oct 10, 2004, 01:13 PM
By far, the iMac G4. An outstanding computer with a revolutionary way of holding the display. Sadly, the G4 is being replaced, which makes this beauty a gonner. Not that I'm dissing the iMac G5. ;)

Oct 10, 2004, 01:31 PM
Pismo or Cube...
freakin frankenmacs is what they are.

IJ Reilly
Oct 10, 2004, 04:35 PM
The G4 Cube, an engineering marvel.

If software is eligible, I'd nominate OpenDoc.

Oct 11, 2004, 07:19 AM
Boy the Cube is getting high praise in this thread and hamerend in the "Worst" thread. I would never have guese the Cube as such a dividing product.

Oct 11, 2004, 08:12 AM
The one button mouse and the 17" Powerbook.

Oct 11, 2004, 08:14 AM
G4 Cube, without a doubt.

When you take the actual cube bit out of the plastic case you can see how totally awesome the engineering is.

I really miss mine :(

the future
Oct 11, 2004, 08:22 AM
TiBook. When it first came out, looks and specs were just sensational. Often copied, never matched. (And thinner than the AluBooks! :D)

Oct 11, 2004, 08:28 AM
The original Macintosh. Without a doubt. The first affordable computer with a GUI.

Oct 11, 2004, 10:05 PM
I love my 1st Gen TiBook.

I miss my Cube.

I want a 17" Albook.

Ooh and the iPod is nice too.

And the 30" Cinema display...

Ooh and the G5!

And the iMac generations...

and.. er.

*looks around*

er.. this is a hard question... Which is nice to know. /props Apple :D

Oct 11, 2004, 10:51 PM
God so many.
Classics of course in the MacIntosh Plus - longest selling Mac product in the name "Mac" lineup to date. Also I personally fell in love with Apple with the IIc design another model was the one with the wrap-around sreen with tilt-control (back in the days with 5 1/4" Floppies -no color screen though).

But My first BEST Apple product I'd have to say its a toss up between the 20th Anniversay Mac - pure innovation first personal home computer to have panel speakers & LCD screen! 2nd toss up is the PowerBook G4 Titanium Original - don't get me wrong I'm after the 12" 1 Ghz AlBook but that baby had every man, his daddy, grandpa and his grandma droooling for one!!!! It sent "/" (yes Backslashes!) to PC laptop manufacturers....so badly to Sony that it took them 3 yrs to finally come up with something thinner.

Although the PowerMac G5 deserves an honorable mention.

Oct 11, 2004, 11:15 PM
Best design: Cube hands down

Best size: 12 " Powerbook

Best Processor: G5

Best CEO of apple: Steve Jobs(no duh)

Best thing that has ever happened to apple: The return of Jobs

Best Apple saving product: iPod (unless you count the 2nd feature of the iMac G3).

Best Apple product: Cube

Oct 12, 2004, 05:52 PM
Software-wise, either OSX or the iMovie - iDVD combo. The former is just too cool, and the latter did for video editing what the word processor did for text. Easy, clean, fun, and produces a truly professional looking product.

Hardware-wise, it's a toss up for me between the Apple //c (boy, those were fun), the Cube (I never owned one, but every time I see one I marvel at it), and the iMac line--all of them.

I say the entire iMac line because I had just been thinking about its progression through the years:

With the original iMac, Apple changed the computer from a utilitarian box into something friendly, cute, and personal.

Then, with the slot-loading design, they increased the transparency and made the two upgradeable parts (RAM and Airport) really easy to get to, demystifying the guts of the computer a bit--it said "Yes, I'm technology, but don't be afraid".

With the G4 iMac, it shed the traditional shape of the computer entirely, introducing people to a computer that doesn't look like a computer at all.

Finally, with the G5 iMac, all that comes together--it doesn't much look like a computer at all, now more of a minimalist piece of furniture, and its design is such that anybody can pop the back off and do maintenance on it. It is simultaneously invisible as a computer while allowing even novice users to perform fairly heavy-duty maintenance on their own system.

More technical and less technological, all at the same time. Neat.

Oct 12, 2004, 07:44 PM
os x hands down,

a lot of us mac users wouldn't be mac users, including myself, had it not been for os x.

and i'm talking about 10.0~10.1 here. it didn't take jaguar to get me hooked.

Oct 12, 2004, 08:37 PM
I would have to say OS X, Cause at the time, It shows a totally different side of apple.

And right behind that would be the cube. I still have mine, and i will never get rid of it. Awsome machine

Oct 12, 2004, 08:43 PM
The sheer variety of different responses to this post says something amazing about Apple. It's a testament to their desire to innovate with good design.

Oct 13, 2004, 10:13 AM
I agree the 20th aniversary is really cool and was way ahead of its time in '97


Oct 13, 2004, 12:32 PM
1st place: The Apple I, it started this whole industry.

2nd place: The CD ROM drive.

Oct 13, 2004, 12:51 PM


Oct 13, 2004, 01:03 PM

I was at CompUSA last night and a 16 or 17 year old kid was playing with a G5. Then I heard "Whoa! When did the Mac OS get UNIX?!" Coming from someone so young the comment sort of surprised me. Hehe. OS X is a beautiful thing :eek:

Oct 13, 2004, 02:09 PM