Apple Prorotypes

blakespot

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A recent discussion on DALnet's #macintosh IRC channel revealed to me an interesting site with info (in French) and pictures of a number of Apple prototypes that for the most part have not appered in the better known Apple history books/sites, such as AppleDesign. A particularly interesting unit is the "Bookcase SE." Have a look at an English translation (thanks Google) of the page.
 

theranch

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sooo old

Those photo's were so old. They are NOT new or even "interesting". The bookcase one looks like the 20th aniversary mac. Look at the size of the damn mouse and the chunky keyboard.
 

blakespot

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Re: sooo old

Originally posted by theranch
Those photo's were so old. They are NOT new or even "interesting". The bookcase one looks like the 20th aniversary mac. Look at the size of the damn mouse and the chunky keyboard.
True they are not new. As to whether or not they are interesting, well that's subjective. The "Bookcase SE" does look somewhat like the TAM, but it is not a TAM.

This page seems to have angered you. Curious.



blakespot
 

eyelikeart

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since some of u guys can view it...

how about sending the pics over to me so I can take a look?

or better yet....if anyone has that app that captures entire web pages....

I'd really love to look at this but it simply won't load up for me :(
 

teabgs

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Jan 18, 2002
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WONT LOAD

It wont load for me either. Im using Netscape 4.75, don't know if thats got anything to do with it or not...
 

guillaumegete

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Mar 15, 2002
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Hi guys,

I am the Webmaster of Gete.Net'Book, the web site you are all chatting about right now :)

It seems that some of you had troubles to see the pages. Well, the server went down tonight at 8 PM (GMT+1). Things are ok right now, and the page should be available.

So, just to say thanks for your support, and I hope you enjoyed these few pictures.

BTW, note for theranch : of course, these pics are not really new, but they are not so easy to find, especially stuff like PowerBop, which was a French-only product to connect to a remote network wireless, in 1994... Yeap, AirPort was not the first ;-)

Thanks again and have fun,

Guillaume
 

Rower_CPU

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Originally posted by guillaumegete
Hi guys,

I am the Webmaster of Gete.Net'Book, the web site you are all chatting about right now :)

It seems that some of you had troubles to see the pages. Well, the server went down tonight at 8 PM (GMT+1). Things are ok right now, and the page should be available.

So, just to say thanks for your support, and I hope you enjoyed these few pictures.

BTW, note for theranch : of course, these pics are not really new, but they are not so easy to find, especially stuff like PowerBop, which was a French-only product to connect to a remote network wireless, in 1994... Yeap, AirPort was not the first ;-)

Thanks again and have fun,

Guillaume
Guillaume,
Bienvenu a notre petit comunauté. Merci d'avoir organisé et fait disponible tous ces photos intéressants.
 

teabgs

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Works now

Well i guess the server being down is the reason. I've gotten it to work. Yes I did say "gotten". Deal with it.
 

Schep

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Feb 5, 2002
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The Bookcase SE is a slimmer Mac SE & if you don't know What a Mac SE is you should learn some mac history
 

shacker

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bookcase SE is not a prototype, its commercially available...

Hi Guys/Gals,

although I can't dig up the link for the life of me, the Bookcase SE is actually a conversion kit that you can buy up in Japan. Being in Hong Kong, I used to head up to Japan about 2-3 times a year to investigate and buy 'goodies' and I saw the Bookcase SE about 1-2 years ago....so it's nothing new, but it's nice to have the option of turning the blocky original into something a little climmer and sleeker..........

Basically, you can either buy the kit and do it yourself (remove your logic board etc) or a number of small service shops do it for you - so it's not a prototype at all, its just a conversion kit........

Here's another interesting piece of trivia. In 1998, I bought the first Sony Vaio, the 505 up there. I returned, showed it to a friend, who also bought one, and then headed off to buy one himself. he flew to SF on business and hooked up with Jonathan Ive who took him on a tour of the ID dept. (NDA's and all....). When those guys got a look at the Vaio 505 (remember this is 1998 - there was NO other laptop like this anywhere, and it was available in Asia about 1-2 years before it came Stateside) they all flipped out. Was later told that 3-4 Vaio's were shipped to Cupertino to be 'examined'.....you have to wonder tho, it took Apple almost 4 years to get a 'ultra-slim' machine onto the market. True, it's a G4 and damn nice, but that's a pretty horrendous lead time! :)
 

Wry Cooter

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The Bookcase SE was a case that fit around an open powerbook. Thats all.

Open the powerbook flat, shove it in a piece of plastic so it can stand on its end, and attach a keyboard.

It was that way to aid presentation to others ergonomically, so a client did not have to peek over someones shoulders, or a video projector did not need to be set up when one was needed.
 

digiyoto

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Oct 24, 2001
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decent pics french fry...

my question is this: how hard is it to take a clear photo or to deal with .jpgs?

sorry for the disssss..... Sympathetic nerve, not?

A case Teapot, the famous design "limps with pizza pie"
 

Wry Cooter

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Re: decent pics french fry...

Originally posted by digiyoto
my question is this: how hard is it to take a clear photo or to deal with .jpgs?

When you are sneaking them on the sly? Apparently more difficult than you think.

By the way, looks like these were only top secret back in the days of Gil Amelio or even earlier. I wouldn't be surprised if they came by way of Gaseee, back when the quicktake was a hot digital camera.