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.

Mac Mini: The Mini Me

Carting around an entire computer wasn't necessary after Apple released the Mac Mini in 2005. Without a mouse, keyboard or monitor—you have to add your own—this 2-inch-tall by 6.5-inch square computer was about as tiny as you could get. Its power supply was a third that of a standard Mac, but at an entry price of $499 it was also the least expensive.
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