What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name, Steve Jobs? Probably something along the lines of… “Oh, isn’t he that billionaire that co-founded Apple Inc?” Yes, that’s him!
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak began Apple Inc, earlier known as Apple computers, in 1976.
At the time, Jobs and Wozniak were no more than college dropouts with ambitious dreams for the future. Who knew at the time that these two young men would forever change the future of technology with their revolutionary discoveries.
Since the Apple 1 made its debut on the 1st of April, 1976, Apple Inc became a tech giant, changing the face of consumer technology as the years progressed.
In this blog we are taking a look at how Apple devices evolved over the years; We are going to specifically look at the evolution of Apple’s Macintosh computer; known today as the Mac.
|Computer model||Release date||Design||Key features|
|Macintosh 128K||24th January 1984||This computer was designed with the consumer in mind; Apple wanted to introduce the public to a more affordable and personalized computer system. |
|· Motorola 68000 microprocessor |
· 128KB RAM
· 400KB 3.5-inch floppy disk drive
· Black-and-white, 9inch display
· System 1.0
|Macintosh Performa||3rd April 1995||The Performa was a rebranded version of pre-existing Mac models. It was designed for everyday users and was widely available in department stores.||· PowerPC 603 CPU |
· 500MB-1GB hard drive
· System 7.0
|iMac G3Mac||6th May 1998||A lot of time went into the design of this computer. The translucent plastic exterior was designed with the future in mind. The iMac G3 became sensational. Everyone wanted one! It was so popular that apple created numerous upgraded versions of it.||· PowerPC G3 processor |
· ATI Range IIC graphics processor
· 4GB hard drive
· CD-ROM drive
· USB ports
· Built-in stereo speakers
· Two headphone ports
· Mac OS 8
|iMac G4||17th July 2002||Apple created yet another computer with a futuristic design. The one-inch flat-panel display had the illusion of floating in the air.||· Widescreen flat-panel LCD display |
· PowerPC G4 processor
· NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX graphics processor
· OS X Jaguar
|iMac G5||31st August 2004||The iMac G5 was unveiled for the first time in Paris at the Apple Expo. It was unlike anything before. At the time it was said to be the world’s thinnest desktop computer.||· Built-In SuperDrive |
· PowerPC G5 processor
· NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics processor
· OS X Panther
|iMac (Aluminum)||7th August 2007||By melding glass and aluminum, Apple created a contemporary design that’s very similar to the modern Apple designs.||· Intel Core 2 Duo processors |
· ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO graphics processor
· Widescreen display
· OS X Tiger
|iMac (Aluminum Unibody)||20th Oct 2009||Unlike its predecessors, this iMac had an edge-edge glass screen. |
This design also included new wireless features such as the magic mouse and the Apple Keyboard
|· Unibody design |
· 16:9 high definition display
· Core 2 Duo processors
· OS X Snow Leopard
|iMac (Slim Unibody)||23rd October 2012||This design consisted out of 40% less volume than previous models and was dubbed the thinnest iMac to date.||· Intel Core i5 processors |
· NVIDIA graphics
· Thunderbolt ports
· New storage options
· USB ports
· OS X Mountain Lion
|iMac Pro (Retina 5K Display)||14th December 2017||The most powerful Mac ever! This iMac also came in a brand new, Space gray color and has matching accessories. It also comes with a new magic Keyboard with more features than the standard Magic Keyboard.||· 8-,10-, and 18-core Xeon processor configurations |
· Turbo Boost
· Radeon Pro Vega graphics
· 8GB or 16GB memory
· Thunderbolt 3 ports
· Control up to 44 million pixels
It’s clear to see that Apple Inc took it upon themselves to change the way people viewed computers forever!
With a new decade approaching, we can only wonder how Apple will come to play next! Have they got some game-changing innovations up their sleeve? Your guess is as good as mine.
One thing is for sure; Through-out the years they were constant in providing the world with the latest most innovative technology; Never to disappoint! And I can guarantee you they won’t stop now.