The Mac Evolution: Looking Back at Apple's 11 Most Intriguing Computer Designs

Considering that this month marks the 25th anniversary of the Macintosh, it's a good time to take a look at this computer's past. From the first Apple to the MacBook Air, Macs have been regarded as technologically innovative, beautiful in product design and—over time—become just plain cool.

For many computer users, Apple has defined the personal computer industry, driven technology innovation and changed the perception of personal computing. The company reinvented itself several times over, as it developed and enhanced the Macintosh, affecting the world of computing every time it did. Apple fans have defined their own culture and follow the metamorphosis of the company, its products and its software with passion. Apple made waves with its historic 1984 commercial, its rivalry with Microsoft and its retail megastores. Even Forrest Gump got in on the action when he "bought" stock in 1994. But although iPods and iPhones are perpetually cool to obsess over nowadays, it was really Apple's computers—particularly the Apple—that started it all.

Join us for a trip down memory lane, and learn how the Mac evolution led to the Apple revolution.

The Original Apple: The Mother of All Mac Motherboards

This single circuit board computer, introduced on April Fool's Day in 1976, wasn't a prank. While a mere 200 Apple units were sold in its year on the market, the very first of its kind given to a junior high math class in Windsor, CA gave Apple a competitive edge in the educational realm.
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