If it’s one thing Apple has always been great at, it’s design. Without Apple’s continously innovative design, the company probably wouldn’t still exist…it certainly wouldn’t be the dominating force that it is today. In celebration of the design teams that have built so many great Apple products, and the designs themselves, Apple Gazette is pleased to present our list of the Top 5 Apple Designs of All Time…
5. Mac Mini
The Mac Mini was a marvel when it was announced in Jan. of 2005. The slim, elegant, compact computer was no larger than 6 CD cases stacked on top of each other. To this day you can take Mac Mini, show it to a Windows user and get the same reaction…
“That’s the WHOLE computer?”
The design has been virtually the same since the inception of the device, and it’s design style has been seen recently in other products from Apple including AppleTV and the Airport Extreme.
4. G4 Cube
Some will argue this should be higher on the list because of the innovative, eye catching design. Others will say that it shouldn’t be on the list at all because the Cube had design flaws that lead to a short shelf life. Both sides have valid points, but the G4 Cube HAS to be on my list for Top 5 Apple Designs of All Time because it is the computer that first made me stand up and take notice that these guys at Apple were “Thinking Different”.
Love it or hate it, the 8x8x8 Cube grabbed people’s attention, and was amazingly compact for its day. It was one of the first desktop computers to really be a design piece, and it will forever hold a place somewhere on my Top 5.
It would be impossible to create this list without mentioning the iPod. This single device has changed the way the world listens to music. Not because of what it did (it played MP3s…dozens of other things played MP3s when the iPod came out) but HOW it did it. The iPod was the first MP3 player to think about organizing music in a new and different way, and every player that has been released since has been inspired by the design.
As the generations continue, the device only gets slimmer and more versatile, with the latest incarnation being the upcoming iPhone. The iPod has had a long life, and continues to evolve. I don’t think we’ll be seeing a change in its dominance anytime in the near future…and it can all be traced by to its innovative and simple design.
2. Mac OSX
If you want to know what REALLY brought Apple back from the brink of death in the 90s, it was OS X. All the snazzily designed Cubes, iMacs and iBooks caught our eyes on the shelves, but when we got up to the machine it was OS X that made us all say “wow”. If you want to know how truly innovative and well designed OS X really is, just take a look at Microsoft’s Vista.
It wants to be OS X so bad it can hardly stand it. OS X is full of impressive eye candy and visual style that it’s competitors just can’t compare to, but what makes it truly great is how easy it is to use. OS X is not confusing…there is no HUGE learning curve…in fact, most users won’t need more than a few minutes with it to understand how to use it was well as any OS they’ve ever tried before.
1. iMac G4
Of all the computers Apple has ever designed, this is – by far – the one I wanted the most…and never got. When I asked for reader feedback for this article a few weeks ago, the G4 iMac was on the Top of more lists than any other Apple product. This is a design that I was truly sad to see go, and would be extremely happy to see pulled from the mothballs.
Something about it just screamed “cool” when it came out in 2002…and still does today. Oh, if only we could get an Intel iMac with a Widscreen flat panel display in a new version of this design…ah..to dream.
Now, there is no doubt in my mind that several of you disagree with this list…
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