The Best Vintage Mac Designs

Apple has produced a lot of different Macs with odd and interesting designs since 1984. Take a look at some of the most interesting, coolest and weirdest vintage Macs from 1984-2002. While some were commercial failures, most containted innovations that we still see as features in Macs today. Included are the Macinotsh XL, the Mac Portable, the Twentieth Anniversary Mac, the G4 Cube, the Titanium PowerBook and more.

Comments: 16 Responses to “The Best Vintage Mac Designs”

    William Bagnard
    3 months ago

    I still have my 2008 White MacBook running Snow Leopard. It was my first computer. It changed my life.

    JH
    3 months ago

    Still have a 12″ G4 Powerbook. Bought it secondhand and used it for about 1,5 years. Lovely design, and because we were talking about older Apple products with some 14 year old nieces, I booted it 3 weeks ago. Still worked :)

    I also have a G3 ‘Flower Power’ iMac. My wife used it last month on a convention as a ‘business card’ in her market stall. It looped about 30 images, and worked perfectly for over 60 hours straight! Some nice comments about it too :)

    Patrick
    3 months ago

    I still have a Mac 512Ke which I initially purchased just to get the ImageWriter printer that was part of the sale. It was being used by an older woman whose daughter gave it to her after finishing college. It included an external floppy disk drive and the original Apple carrying case. No kidding, these cases made the Macintosh fairly portable. There are also the original manuals and disks to operate the computer. It still boots up and reminds me of my early beginning with the Macintosh.

    Gordon
    3 months ago

    I also have an iMac G4 with the floating screen. I use it to access all my old file formats by running OS 10.4 which gives me access to apps that run under System 9. I did lots of art drawings on Canvas and none of that will migrate to a newer OS. The G4 works great! I can also access old Appleworks/Clarisworks, MYM, etc., files. Upward compatibility is always a problem with Macintosh. So I keep several older machines around. Thanks for the memories!

    Rick Quarles
    3 months ago

    One of my favorites was the mid-range Duo, the Duo 230. It was truly portable. I carried it back and forth to work for years. There was a dock with a larger hard drive and which supported a color monitor. I still had it (still working) until I moved to a smaller home. (I also had an Apple Ice, an Apple Iic, an Apple IIgs, a Mac SE (1988), a G3, a Quicksilver (which I bought to get the 23″ flat screen monitor)). I currently have 4 Macs, two of which are in continuous use.

    Dairrell
    3 months ago

    I still have my original Macintosh Classic, my blue clam shell laptop, my iMac G4 with the adjustable screen, a StyleWriter printer, and a 2006 MacBook Pro. My history goes like this from start to present: Macintosh Classic, Macintosh Classic II, Performa 6400, iMac G3 Bondi Blue and the blue clamshell laptop, iMac G3 Special Edition, iMac G4 (the “Lamp”), iMac G5 (white body) and 3 versions of the Aluminum iMacs, as well as 2 MacBook Pros. I currently have a 27″ and a 21.5″ iMacs.

    James Hawthorne
    3 months ago

    I’ve owned many Apple Computers, the first being an Apple Iic. The one that I just can’t let go of is the G4 iMac with the floating screen. Even though it can only go up to Mac OS 10.4, it still runs extremely well and I love playing a few of my classic games on the machine. The design is so unusual and iconic I just can’t bear to part with the machine.

    Laraine
    3 months ago

    My first Mac was a MacPlus (1 May 1986). When I had a B&W G3 (second-hand) I remember getting comments like, “Oh, I love your new computer” from my husband’s friends (who all used Windows). My fondest Mac memory will always be the original Mac Pro design. I remember being puzzled that Apple moved away from it so I’m not surprised the new one is more like the original, which had only two flaws (for me): the sharp edges on the handles and its weight.

    Carolyn
    3 months ago

    Oh my! Yes, the 2002 “upside down” bowl iMac is my favorite design, too! I saw the add in Time Magazine and had to to buy one. I’m now regretting that I didn’t keep it.

    Thank you for your Mac history lesson.

    Gary
    3 months ago

    I still have an iMacG4; however, the on/off switch is broken and the Apple Store can not provide a new one. Where can a new switch be purchased?

    3 months ago

    Gary: No idea. I’d see if there is a third-party Mac repair shop in your city. Or look for one on eBay.

    Gary
    3 months ago

    Thank you for your prompt response and suggestions.

    Rocky
    3 months ago

    I had 4 of those cantaloupe (Flower Power) Macs that I used for my bookstore for many years. They served us well until about 6 years ago when we made a complete overhaul to the stores POS system.

    Lisa
    2 months ago

    I still have my 2002 “Flower Pot”. When I brought it to the Apple Store to transfer the data to a new iMac, all of the young people who worked there swarmed around and took photos of it. Lol! It still works. It’s sitting on a shelf in my study. However, how can I make use of it? I assumed after it couldn’t be updated or run fast enough, it was not usable. Any suggestions?

    2 months ago

    Lisa: Since taking it out of the box to make this episode, I’ve just had it sitting on a shelf looking pretty. Since it has those nice speakers, I’m tempted to put some music on it and boot it up every once in a while to play the music with the iTunes visualizer turned on.

    Nick
    2 months ago

    Using a 2008 white MacBook here, running Snow Leopard, as my only laptop, for browsing and word processing mainly. Bought 2 years ago (when my Windows machine died) to see just how different a Mac is before deciding on a replacement. Still runs absolutely fine with just a battery replacement, which was easy to do. So I’ve not found the need to buy a newer machine, though I do fancy a new MacBook Air!

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