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Old Dec 28, 2012, 02:41 PM   #26
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These pictures can all be found in the out-of-print book, AppleDesign.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 04:20 PM   #27
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I want to know what wireless technology they would've used for the mouse and keyboard all the way back then. It's not like wifi and Bluetooth were things yet, much less commonplace.
Well Tesla was doing wireless remote control of boats in the early 20th century. It's nothing new.
Though given the commodity hardware at the time of that design I would guess for IR over RF wireless.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 04:50 PM   #28
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But are they thinner and lighter????
That's the obvious intention, throttled by practical limits of the technology at the time. Heck, the first model shown is an embryonic iPhone!
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 05:05 PM   #29
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Those designs look very modern, especially for that time..
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 05:06 PM   #30
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These pictures can all be found in the out-of-print book, AppleDesign.
EDIT: Nope, not it.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 05:28 PM   #31
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 05:49 PM   #32
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EDIT: Nope, not it.
Hm? The same machines are in there, I have the book myself.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 05:58 PM   #33
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Hm? The same machines are in there, I have the book myself.
Sorry - I thought I found a copy of the book but it turned out to be another one with the same name ("Apple Design"). This one.

That book isn't the one you're referring to according to one Amazon.com review (which is what I meant by "Nope, not it"):

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To be perfectly honest, I returned it the day I received it. I was thoroughly underwhelmed by this book.

What made an older book, AppleDesign, much better, was the numerous photographs of prototype products. This book lacked any insider access to prototypes, and therefore is composed of facts and images I am already familiar with. Why bother keeping this book? You can easily get the same information and images found in this book on Wikipedia.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 08:22 PM   #34
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this guy looks like Lincoln.
Well...He looks the way Lincoln would have looked if Lincoln had dodged Booths bullet. (Older Lincoln)
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 11:22 PM   #35
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i knew i saw it on here earlier:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...3#post16514923

interesting story. i hope ive will give us a similar peek in the future.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 11:40 PM   #36
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None of those devices would have been working prototypes. Frog Design would have purely been for concept output. Throw them at the apple engineers to see if they could actually build them (to a budget) and hence why we never actually saw them released at the time due to the lack of tech available - so, being that apple had contracted Frog to come up with concepts, apple therefore owned the concepts and sat on them until the tech was available in the late nineties, which also coincided with Jobs return where he decided to streamline the companies many models/options into the revolutionary line up that now resides.

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Old Dec 29, 2012, 01:56 AM   #37
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the baby mac looks cute ^^
Ya I hadn't seen that before. Looks very modern and minimal, especially for the time! Nice design
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 03:12 AM   #38
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Designboom has a full range of pictures of 10 different conceptual product designs available, along with a few excerpts of text from the book.

Design Forward, Esslinger's Book will be released on January 16, 2013.

Article Link: Frog Design's Hartmut Esslinger Reveals Early Apple Designs in New Book
In their day, these designs were so far ahead of their time! They still look functional as well as beautiful, by today's standards.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 06:33 AM   #39
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I don't see any preparation for VESA mounts
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 09:50 AM   #40
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The baby Mac looks a lot like the 1999 iMac. Despite the size, I think the prototype looks even better! Though, in a world dominated by grey boxes the iMac did look refreshing.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 05:50 PM   #41
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Wow how cool. An early iPhone (MacPhone) and that Baby Mac would've been an awesome evolution of the original Mac Plus.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 08:56 PM   #42
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The baby Mac looks a lot like the 1999 iMac. Despite the size, I think the prototype looks even better! Though, in a world dominated by grey boxes the iMac did look refreshing.
Actually it really looks like the Apple //c's monitor with a slot loading media drive. Not even the first iMac had a slot loading drive (although it looks more like a 3.5" floppy drive). You could probably make one by getting a small LCD screen, mount it inside the case for the //c monitor and stick a mac mini inside it! The mini's bluetooth will take care of the wireless features.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 02:11 PM   #43
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I actually really like the Americana designs.
Whats up with the yellow disk drive?
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 07:05 PM   #44
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It probably would've used Infrared technology like that used in TV remotes.
Not IR...it would have been wireless tech similar to the frequencies cordless phones run on. It's easy to forget that the first "wireless" mice weren't infrared (which often requires line-of-sight), but were instead 'wireless banded radio'.

Apple had chose to abandon wireless radio on most of their developments and instead opted for the current "WiFi" technology we see today (which back then was rare).
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Love some of those designs!
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that mac phone looks so useless. Glad they moved on from it.
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I think the iPhone would get jealous of the Mac Phone
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I love the Macphone!
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MacPhone looks really cool!
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Not sure I would call the Macintosh Studies a 'space age' design
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