The world has changed ever since computers have been discovered and designed to provide exceptional computing services that revolutionize industrial and official procedures. With the development of computers, there were generic improvements followed in the systems. Many different companies started to bring revolutionary designs that were state-of-the-art systems at that time. However, in 1984, a company named Apple started the Mac computers that initiated an era when the computers' concepts were bewildered. A new technology that displayed a style that was not common in the market influenced the industry at large and made it come effectively in the top developers of computers. The domination shown by Apple wasn't short-lived; the Mac computers have been considered state-of-the-art since the start of the era. This article discusses the ten best old Apple computers that provided the best and the most elegant units the world has seen leading to machines like MacBook Pro.
Macintosh 128K – The First Macintosh (1984)
CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 8 MHz | Memory: 128 KB (built-in)| Operating System: 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.2 | Price: $2,495 | Discontinued: October 1, 1985 | Release Date: January 24, 1984
The Macintosh 128K is known for featuring a mouse, and a graphical user interface for the first time instead of a command-line interface that was utilized for computing data. This unit was the first to implement a graphical user interface with a built-in one-bit black and white display with a 400 KB floppy disk. This system typically exceeded the baseline set by its competitors.
Macintosh Plus (1986)
CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 8 MHz | Memory: 1 MB, expandable to 4 MB (150 ns 30-pin SIMM)| Operating System: 3.0–6.0.8, 7.0-7.5.5 | Price: $2599 | Discontinued: October 15, 1990| Release Date: January 16, 1986
Macintosh Plus took a high jump in the memory section, where it introduced a 1MB standard RAM, with an expandable option to 4MB. It also provided an external SCSI peripheral bus, becoming the first Macintosh in the market to do so. It was the last classic Macintosh for presenting a phone cord port for keyboard and mouse connections.
Macintosh XL (1985)
CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 5 MHz | Memory: 512 KB, expandable to 2 MB (Lisa DRAM card) | Operating System: MacWorks XL/System 1.1, MacWorks Plus II/System 1.1–6.0.8, 7.0–7.5.5 | Price: $3,995| Discontinued: August 1, 1986
| Release Date: January 1, 1985
This version settled itself as an upgraded version of the Apple Lisa PC with a configuration of the MacWorks XL, providing a 64 K Macintosh ROM emulation. Macintosh XL is known for allowing a 400KB floppy drive along with a 10 MB Widget hard drive along with other essential storage add-ons. The model got more successful than any other model and had to be called out unavailable.
Macintosh II (1987)
CPU: Motorola 68020 @ 16 MHz | Memory: 1 MB, expandable to 20 MB (68 MB via FDHD upgrade kit) (120 ns 30-pin SIMM)| Operating System: 3.3– 6.0.8, 7.0-7.5.5 or with 68030 32-bit upgrade Mac OS 7.6.1| Price: $5500 | Discontinued: January 15, 1990 | Release Date: March 2, 1987
This model came as a solution to business problems. This modular system provided separate monitors and started a series known as the Mac II series. This model provided the internal hard disk option and optional floppy disk add-on. The Color QuickDraw in ROM was its major highlight.
Macintosh SE (1987)
CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 8 MHz | Memory: (150 ns 30-pin SIMM) | Operating System: 3.3-3.4, 4.0–6.0.2, 6.0.3–6.0.8, 7.0-7.5.5 | Price: $2900 (dual floppy) US$3900 (with 20MB hard drive) | Discontinued: October 15, 1990 | Release Date: March 2, 1987
Though this model was a simultaneous release with Macintosh II, this was an improved design of the previous Mac computers. It provided swift SCSI support along with a better and reliable system. It was the first compact Macintosh to offer internal hard disks.
Macintosh Portable (1989)
CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 16 MHz | Memory: 1 MiB, expandable to 9 MiB, 8 MiB backlit version (SRAM) | Operating System: 6.0.4 (Original) 6.0.7 (Backlit) – 7.5.5 | Price: $6,500 | Discontinued: October 15, 1990 (Original), October 21, 1991 (Backlit)| Release Date: September 20, 1989 (Original), October 15, 1990 (Backlit)
Macintosh Portable, as the name regards were the first battery-powered Macintosh PC featuring a black and white active-matrix LCD with built-in trackball working as a mouse along with a keyboard. However, it used a very expensive SRAM for ensuring longer operating times.
Macintosh LC The Pizza Box Series (the 1990s)
CPU: PowerPC processors instead of Motorola 68k-based (except in LC-580) | Memory: 4 MB (max 36 MB) | Operating System: Bundled Mac OS | Price: variable in series | Discontinued: variable in series | Release Date: variable in series
Macintosh has been creating many innovative designs for quite a time and has been seeking portability to become an option for users. It was the first color-capable Macintosh, which was effectively adopted for educational and household purposes. This model was one effective and affordable Macintosh.
Macintosh Quadra (2001)
CPU: Motorola 68040 @ 25 MHz | Memory: 4 MiB, expandable to 68 MiB (80 ns 30-pin SIMM) | Operating System: System 7.0.1-System 7.1.2, System 7.5-Mac OS 8.1, or with PowerPC upgrade, Mac OS 9.1| Price: $6000 | Discontinued: September 15, 1994 | Release Date: October 21, 1991 (Quadra 700)
Macintosh Quadra is one of the best old apple computers. This product family came out in the high-end Apple PCs that were built to provide effective high-performance services to users. Quadra replaced the Macintosh II series that took the market with its Motorola 68040 CPU.
PowerBook “First Mac Laptop” (1991)
CPU: Motorola 68000 16 MHz | Memory: 2 to 8 MB | Operating System: System 6.0.8L, 7.0.1–7.5.5 | Price $2,300 | Discontinued: September 3, 1992 | Release Date: October 21, 1991
Mac Laptops made a very efficient stand in the industry with their compact structures, trackballs, and keyboard positions. Three different models under the PowerBook were created that presented a very effective portability option to users and laid the foundation for innovation that was to be followed by many brands in the development of laptops.
CPU: PowerPC 750, 233 MHz – 700 MHz (SE) | Release Date: August 15, 1998 (iMac G3) | Operating System: Mac OS 8, Mac OS 9, Mac OS X | Discontinued: March 18, 2003
The iMac G3 was the first in a line of the iMac series introduced by Apple. It was referred to as an all-in-one PC that covered the monitor and the system in a single enclosure, thus requiring no separate CPU. It was the first system to offer USB ports with no diskette drives.
Apple has been developing very efficient and effective systems of their time since 1984 and have been continuing to develop such intuitive designs and performing units that were unmatched to other systems of their time.