Apple Prototype Articles Thread

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  1. gkarris macrumors 604

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  2. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Great find
    Phone%20Mac%20-%20Studie%20mit%20AT%20&%20T%20(1984)%20-%20(3).JPG
    This phone is sweet

    Mac%20Professional%20Workbench%20(1983)%20Konzipiert%20mit%20kabellosen%20Interfaces%20(1).JPG
    WTF!? Imagine typing on that:eek:.


    MacBook%20Prototyp%20(1985)%20.jpg
    I wonder if this was an alternative to the portable or a protoype powerbook. Perhaps it was an actual Apple laptop and not a Macintosh.

    Edit: if those are the pictures years listed in their hyperlinks then these designs were way ahead of their time and most are indeed Macs/Protomacs I just wished that 80's iMac was used instead of the 128K/Classic/SE designs.
     
  3. iHerzeleid macrumors 6502a

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    The last one looks like the \\c with the lcd thing add on majig
     
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    That's what I thought but if you look closely at the screen their is a finder menu. What is so amazing to me is that any laptops in that time (looking at the hyperlink 1985) would have been 16+ lbs monsters and that portable does not look very big. Although I do not know if laptops existed yet or if they came a couple of years later. However what I do not understand is if that was from 1985 then why did Apple not make something like that rather than the Apple Portable in 1989?
     
  5. ClassicMac247 macrumors 6502

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    Theres this one website I found with almost every Mac prototype ever created, even designs that never made it off the drawing boards. I can't remember the name but I'm sure a quick search on google would result in finding it, good luck, and I myself love apple prototypes, especially the newer designs from early 2000's-present that didn't make the cut.
     
  6. ihabime macrumors 6502

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    I think the photos are more like mockups than prototypes, so they're not as constrained by reality. Nice find though.
     
  7. jodelli macrumors 65816

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    ^^^ GUIs were adapted for 8 bit computers by the late 80s so a IIc could conceivably have a finder, although as you say just painting a look-alike on the screen would be easier.
    The base unit looks like a IIc+, with a different keyboard and a 3 1/2 drive hidden away on the right side. The screen doesn't look like anything I remember, the IIc LCD being a squat little thing mounted partway down near the top of the keyboard instead of hinged at the back of the unit.
     
  8. kbfr08 macrumors 6502

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    Actually, the mac team got a finder working on an apple II, with the mouse card.

    http://www.folklore.org/StoryView.p...pple_II_Mouse_Card.txt&sortOrder=Sort by Date
     
  9. ihabime macrumors 6502

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    That design was called the babymac, sort of an original mac in a case similar to the //c monitor. The keyboard is the cassie(snow white) forerunner of the IIGS keyboard. I love how minimal it is, no sides just keys.

    There's a bit more info here :
    http://www.applefritter.com/node/294
     

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  11. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    (drools...) :eek:

    I've always admired the beauty of Apple Keyboards...
     
  12. mucup macrumors newbie

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    This is the most beautiful machine in the world. If they made them today I would most assuredly buy one. It 'just works' which is one of many amazing aspects about it.
     

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