Apple’s website, circa 1997

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    Category: Mac Websites
    Link: Apple’s website, circa 1997
    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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    Looked pretty awful, like most sites back in the 90s.
     
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    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.
     
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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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    Its funny to see the Apple advertisements really haven't change in almost 10 + years. I guess you stick with what works.
     
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    Some things never change :eek:
     

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    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!)

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    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...
     
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    yeah it did. they've come a long way
     
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    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
     
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    Those were the days. :)
     

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    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
     
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    vintage websites are so adorable :)
     
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    Albeit a year too early. ;)
     
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    Lord Sam

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    Wow. Crap. What a huge difference!
     
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    Those were the days...

    Mac gaming news on Page 1...
     

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    Looking Ahead

    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
     
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    Apple has come a long way since then :D
     

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