What do you think is/was the prettiest Apple Mac ever?

Spanky Deluxe

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I did a quick search to see if a thread like this had been done before but didn't find anything immediately.

Anyway, what do you think is the prettiest mac in order of looks?

I think the following:

1) iBook 12" (Ice)
2) PowerMac G5
3) PowerBook 15" (Alu)
4) iBook 14"
5) PowerBook 12"
6) PowerBook 17"
7) iMac G4
8) Mini
9) Last Gen PowerMac G4
10) PowerMac G4 Quicksilver
11) G4 Cube
12) iMac G5
13) eMac
14) PowerBook 15" (Ti)
15) PowerMac G4 AGP
16) PowerMac G3
17) Anniversary Mac
18) iMac G3
19) PowerBook G3
20) iBook 12" (Clamshell)
21) Any Beige Box

Note: The PowerMac G4 AGP is only that low now because I think it looks dated but at the time when it came out I thought it was the hottest thing on the planet. These reflect in order what I think of the looks as of now not what I thought of them when they came out.
 

Spanky Deluxe

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Edit: Haha, no worries!! :) You had be worried there since I always try to stick to decent forum etiquette and people that don't irritate me!! :)
 

mad jew

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Well I think this is a good idea for a thread.

1 iBook G4
2 iMac G4
3 iMac G5
4 Cube
5 Mac mini
6 Power Mac G4 MDD
7 PowerBook G4 (Alu)
8 eMac
9 iMac G3
10 Power Mac G5
11 Beige boxes
 

law guy

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No Apple anniversary Mac?

I really liked the IIfx and IIci (I had the little-brother si)- they were ultra-exotics in the $10,000 range - sure, boxes, but they were the uber Macs and the mystique gives them a bit of sexy.

The jet-black G3 powerbooks.

The quadra cases through to the PM 9600 cases. I wasn't thrilled when the PMs went to the clear-plastic / blue look. I felt like it made them seem a little more like toys and less like professional machines. By the time we got to the G4 MMD and FW800, I liked them fine, but I still liked the last of the kahki cases. I like it more than the g5 as well (just a little too box fan for me).

Current PBs look good, but don't give me that timeless feel like the ones above.

Edit: My favorite is still my first: The beautiful IIsi!! Pic added. This model had the wonderful new rounded mouse that was heavy and substantial in feel and the WONDERFUL Apple extended keyboard - both used with other macs subsequently.
 

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Spanky Deluxe

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I updated my list to include the anniversary mac. Its pretty low down I admit but that's just what I think of its looks now. Back in the day it was amazing, groundbreaking in fact. But these days its not quite up there. Hmmm... in fact I think its better looking than the iMac G3. I like the look of the iMac G3 less and less every time I look at one... and I've got one at home!! :-S
 

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Spanky Deluxe said:
I did a quick search to see if a thread like this had been done before but didn't find anything immediately.

Anyway, what do you think is the prettiest mac in order of looks?

I think the following:

1) iBook 12" (Ice)
2) PowerMac G5
3) PowerBook 12"
4) iBook 14"
5) PowerBook 15" (Alu)
6) PowerBook 17"
7) iMac G4
8) Mini
9) Last Gen PowerMac G4
10) PowerMac G4 Quicksilver
11) iMac G5
12) eMac
13) PowerBook 15" (Ti)
14) PowerMac G4 AGP
15) PowerMac G3
16) Anniversary Mac
17) iMac G3
18) PowerBook G3
19) iBook 12" (Clamshell)
20) Any Beige Box

Note: The PowerMac G4 AGP is only that low now because I think it looks dated but at the time when it came out I thought it was the hottest thing on the planet. These reflect in order what I think of the looks as of now not what I thought of them when they came out.
number 13 and 17 blew me away and totally changed my perception of how cool a laptop and a desktop could be

the tibook was ultra thin and made out of titanium, which i thought was too expensive for a laptop...i saw the macworld presentation on the net and i couldn't believe my eyes...and sporting a g4 and 400 mhz speed to boot!

the imac made me notice apple inc again after having thought they were just the best company of many companies...the g3 imac put the personal computer on a different level and i wanted the thing in my house...a few months later, the very fast 300 mhz g3 clamshell ibook came out and it was just as beautiful and i got that machine instead for my wife

today, apple inc has so many beautiful, and powerful computers, that it's so hard to choose from...even the humble emac and minimac are amazing machines to see in person and make the dells and hp/compaqs look like common hardware tools
 

puckhead193

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desktop - iMac G5 - when i actually saw an iMac g5 i was amazed
laptop - Ti powerbooks - i like the design on how the ports were on the back, the new Al ports are all over the place.
 

ham_man

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All-In-One - iMac G5 [Runnerup - iMac G3]
Laptop - PowerBook G4 12" [Runnerup - PowerBook G4 15"]
Standalone - PowerMac G5 [Runnerup - G4 Cube]

Can anyone say MacPolls? :rolleyes:
 

Spanky Deluxe

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Oops, I just realised that I had the 12" and 15" Alu Powerbooks the wrong way round - I think the 15" looks nicer than the 12" purely because of the way the keyboard is set in - the edges look a bit weird to me, don't quite know how to describe what I mean. Still an ueber hot machine though!!

I absolutely adored the original TiBooks but now I think they look quite dated when compared to the Alu design. I think its because the designs are so similar that has that effect. The same was true for the second to last G4 powermac revision when the last revision came out, it was still a really good looking machine but looked a bit dated when compared to the newer very similar looking model.

I've never been a big fan of the iMac G5s although I have to admit they've been growing on me - I always used to think the big fat white bit on the bottom of the screen looked a bit ugly and when compared to the G4 iMacs they simply paled in comparison.
 

JonMaker

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here.
The iMac G4 certainly wins the "Prettiest Mac Ever" contest, however it loses the "Best Looking" contest to the 12" PowerBook G4.
 

ClarkeB

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puckhead193 said:
desktop - iMac G5 - when i actually saw an iMac g5 i was amazed
laptop - Ti powerbooks - i like the design on how the ports were on the back, the new Al ports are all over the place.

Not the 12...they are all on the left.


And anyway, all of the main ports on the 15 and 17 PBs are on one side, and extras are on the other (I believe)
 

JeffTL

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I never actually saw an iMac G5 until I bought one, and it floored me when I pulled it out of the box.

The Mini and the 17" AlBook are pretty attractive, too.

I love iBooks, but more for the quality and price than the appearance, which is better than most Windows PCs but not the most attractive Mac ever.
 

katie ta achoo

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Desktop - The PowerMac G5. That thing is PURE COMPUTING HOTNESS, in computer form. Brushed aluminum, I'm in!
And I still dig that iMac G4. I love the dome, I don't know why.

Laptop - 15" PowerBook G4... but then again, I am a little biased.


but the next thing that comes out, I'll love it, too.
Curse you, Jonathan Ives! Your designs are too beautiful!
 

JW8725

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Nope you're all wrong! THE SE/30 HAD ALREADY BECOME PERFECTION! How can one better that?
 

Plymouthbreezer

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iMac G4 of course - That's one reason I still own my 17".

The Cube is awesome, but not all that pretty. The iMac G5 is also a great looking piece. And you have to admit, the G3 iMac was cool back in its day.
 

homerjward

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fig tree
  1. imac g4
  2. mac mini
  3. imac g5
  4. 17" powerbook
  5. powermac g4 MDD
  6. clamshell ibook
  7. 12" g4 ibook
  8. powermac g3 blue and white
  9. emac
  10. powermac g5
  11. macintosh
  12. tibook
theres others of course but those are the ones i felt like ranking lol
 

Washco

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Gotta be the Color Classic for me. It was the first one I learned on. I still think its looks cool! Maybe I'll pick up one on ebay......
 

Jazzbolicious

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My favorite Apple designs. You know, the ones that redefined the home computer, and left everyone scrambling to copy them?

1. mac 128k (the first true all-in-one!)
2. IIfx (the first "wicked fast" mac)
2. TAM (computers could be sexy status symbols)
3. imac G3 (colored cases!)
4. powermac G3 (seamless easy-open design for a professional system)
5. powerbook G4 (widescreen, anyone?)
6. G4 cube (small and silent, enclosure that captured the imagination)
7. imac G4 (the computer as art object, color era ends)
8. powermac G5 (design meets functionality, a grill that both enables and exudes power)
9. imac G5 (a practical revisitation to the TAM, moving the imac line to a less lofty, more pragmatic design)
10. mac mini (the realization of the digital hub)

Ugliest
1. powermac 4400 (pc box, *shudder*)
2. LC series (pizza box)
3. G3 all-in-one (clear/beige mix, what the hell?)
4. 90% of performas (awful)
5. MDD G4s* (non-funtional speed vents/holes = idiotic Alienware move)

*okay, so they aren't that bad, but I had to rip on something in the Jobs Era II
 

briangig

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12" Powerbook...no matter what angle its at...I think the bottom looks cooler than the top.