10 Apple computers which have left their mark

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31 — In its 40 years of existence, Apple, which is celebrating its anniversary on April 1, has revolutionised the history of the personal computer by widening the public’s access to computing and excelling at innovation. Here’s a selection of 10 iconic Apple computers.

1976 Apple I

This was the very first computer put on sale by the Californian company. Less than 200 copies were produced. Designed by Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne and Steve Jobs, this rather rudimentary product required a keyboard and a TV to be able to function. It is now a highly prized collector’s item.

Apple II — AFP pic
Apple II — AFP pic

1977 Apple II

Steve Wozniak’s Apple II was a more complete model, with a screen, keyboard and data cassette storage. It made Apple a wealthy company. It was the first in a series of models which were produced until 1988, during which time a floppy disk drive and new peripherals were added.

Apple Macintosh — AFP pic
Apple Macintosh — AFP pic

1984 Macintosh

Unveiled to the general public via a now legendary TV commercial (Ridley Scott’s 1984, broadcast during the Super Bowl), the Macintosh 128K owed its name to its 128KB of Random Access Memory. It also had a 3.5 inch floppy disk drive and was delivered with the MacPaint (drawing) and MacWrite (word processing) applications. Its price, below 3,000 dollars, made it an attractive product at that time. A few months later, Apple launched the Macintosh 512K.

Macintosh Portable — AFP pic
Macintosh Portable — AFP pic

1989 Macintosh Portable

Audacious but too expensive (priced at over 6,000 dollars) and cumbersome (over 7kg) to attract the general public, this first portable model designed by Apple required a mouse to function.

Power Macintosh — AFP pic
Power Macintosh — AFP pic

1994 Power Macintosh

The long line of Power Macs used IBM’s PowerPC processors. This range of computers was produced until 2006, when Apple began to use Intel chips.

iMac — AFP pic
iMac — AFP pic

1998 iMac

This first range of all-in-one computers aimed at the general public was a factor in Apple’s revitalization at that time. The iMac stood out from standard PCs because of its innovative design (all the components were integrated into the monitor) and its bright colors.

iBook — AFP pic
iBook — AFP pic

1999 iBook

This computer was considered to be a portable version of the iMac, with a round and colored design. The iBook range, which was a major sales success, was produced until 2006.

MacBook — AFP pic
MacBook — AFP pic

2006 MacBook

In five years of existence, the Macbook had three different designs: A first body in black and white polycarbonate, then a unibody in aluminum, and lastly a unibody version, once again in polycarbonate. The MacBook remains an unprecedented success for Apple, and a new generation was launched in 2015.

MacBook Air — AFP pic
MacBook Air — AFP pic

2008 MacBook Air

This new ultra light laptop was a refined and even higher performance version of the MacBook. This series is still Apple’s high-end laptop range.

Mac Pro — AFP pic
Mac Pro — AFP pic

2013 ‘Cylindrical’ Mac Pro

This new generation of desktops mainly aimed at business clients is characterised by its unusual design, its 12GB (minimum) of RAM and its compatibility with 4K (ultra-high definition) screens. — AFP-Relaxnews.

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