As one of the founders of Apple Computer Inc., Steve Jobs became synonymous with the brand. But his relationship with the company was not always good and harmonious. After an internal disputes with Apple’s board of directors in 1985, Jobs left the company to pursue his own projects, including NeXT Inc. and Pixar. Although he has proven to bring the Apple brand from the beginning, but Apple now running without him until he returned in 1997. Here are a few hardware products made by Apple at the time Steve Jobs left them.
1. Macintosh Portable
The first breakthrough of the Apple is converting a desktop computer into a portable computer. However this is not as successful as expected. Macintosh Portable, released in 1989, weighs 16 pounds and measure 4-inches thick, earning the nickname “luggable”. Design of a bad a battery and a lack of a backlit display (on initial models), and it is also problematic. Compared to competitors like Compaq Portable and the Osborne 1 (though not the Grid Compass) they appear more compact, and it is also the beginning of the computer to the Apple laptop models.
2. PowerBook 100
When the Mac Portable production was stopped in 1991, the Macintosh PowerBook 100 was launched to replace it. The design was a working collaboration with Sony, laptop weight is about 5 pounds or 2.27 kg, this is very good progress in terms of portability. At the time of launch it got the price tag almost $ 2,500, it’s half the price of the Mac Portable, but still a bit expensive for a machine that only has a 16 MHz processor, 2 MB RAM, 20 MB – 40 MB hard drive and there is no floppy drive. Nevertheless, production stop in 2006 when the arrival of MacBook on that year.
3. PowerMac Duo
Apple PowerBook Duo issued in 1992 which was produced until 1997, weighs about 4.1 pounds or 1.8 Kg. However PowerMac Duo port is limited, however it could turn into a full-featured desktop PC when it paired with the Duo Dock (Docking Station).
4. Newton MessagePad
The Newton MessagePad has long been a hot topic among technology enthusiasts that eventually split into two groups of fans, the fans who love it and hate it. The production began in 1987, this was the idea of Apple CEO John Sculley, who has a concept as “knowledge navigator”. Unfortunately, due to the delayed development and due to internal reorganization at the company, also a failure of the software to recognize the handwriting resulted in adverse impacts that arising from the market.
5. Macintosh TV
Apple seeks to combine computer function and TV in 1993. At that time they launched the Macintosh TV. A TV tuner card’s built-in NTSC TV made on this Desktop PC. So that we can watch TV on a 14 inch CRT screen without leaving our desks. On paper it sounds like a great idea, but when it applied at the real life is not the ideal thing. Although there is the ability to take a screenshot of the TV, but we cannot minimize the window and do a multitasking; we need to select which function. Quantities produced and sold is limited. But at least this contributes to the improvement of audio and video capabilities on a computer for the future.
Same thing like the PowerBook, in 1993 Apple issued PowerCD. The product was designed in collaboration with Philips. Created as a standalone (and portable) CD player, and it can also function as a CD-ROM and connected to the Mac, stereo and TV. The device discontinued after only a few years of it launch, but has been able to give us an idea about the future of Apple’s in Audio technology.
7. QuickTake 100
Perhaps this is not the first digital camera produced in 1994, but the QuickTake 100 is a product that stands out, so it gets a place in Time magazine as the “All-Time 100 Gadgets” was published in 2010. Apple is working on it with Kodak to make this camera. QuickTake 100 can take up to 32 color photos at a resolution of 320 x 240 (maximum more or less at 640 x 480). However, there is no ability to see the images before saving. The project was closed at the time of Steve Jobs return.
8. Bandai Pippin
Currently, Apple is synonymous with mobile gaming. But if we back to the beginning of Apple history, they did collaboration with Bandai to create a gaming console.
The software that used by Pippin comes from the Macintosh platform and focused on a CD-based multimedia and gaming. But still retains some PC ability. It was licensed by Bandai and released in 1996 in limited quantities at high prices compared to the competitors at the time. Besides the price, trademark confusion and lack of software, ultimately making this a short-lived product.
9. Power Macintosh 9500
In 1995, Apple issued a flagship CPU Power Macintosh 9500. It’s a Tower model CPU and is one of the most powerful Mac to date, and can be upgraded. CPUs are connected via “daughtercard” making it possible to be upgraded; six PCI slots available; and processor speeds ranging from 120 to 180MHz and even can be higher. But he is an expensive product, 9500 was concentrated to do high performance tasks making it suitable for graphic designers and musicians.
10. Twentieth Anniversary Mac
Although the 20th Birthday of Apple at 1996. It was only in 1997 Apple released the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM). This special edition is a desktop designed by Jony Ive newly recruited at the time, and through this that he was exhibiting his talent to be able to think “outside the box”.
TAM uses an LCD instead of a CRT screen and borrowed some features from its predecessor Mac such us the TV tuner, front-loading CD player and an integrated Bose sound system. The price tag is at $ 7,499 price (lower than that originally specified), it has a special status, but the components used together with similar to other Macs that cost cheaper. Like many other products at the absence of Steve Jobs. TAM is a device made limited and fail to achieve a long term production.
Which of this product you like?