The Beautifully Designed Vintage Macs That Never Were [Gallery]

The Beautifully Designed Vintage Macs That Never Were [Gallery]

Over at DesignBoom, they’ve put up an incredible gallery of early Apple II and Macintosh product designs that never saw the light of day by Hartmut Esslinger, a designer who founded Frog Design, the company that Apple partnered with through the 1980s and 1990s. There are even some products that Apple never made, like a stylus-controlled smartphone from the early 80s called the “MacPhone,” a precursor to the MacMini called the Baby Mac, and what appears to be a Mac with dual flatscreens.

We’ve picked some of our favorite designs and put them after the jump, but by all means, head to Designboom for more.

The Beautifully Designed Vintage Macs That Never Were [Gallery]

The Beautifully Designed Vintage Macs That Never Were [Gallery]

The Beautifully Designed Vintage Macs That Never Were [Gallery]

The Beautifully Designed Vintage Macs That Never Were [Gallery]

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  • Gabadoo

    Great find! Love the dual screen mac and the (28.8k?) MacPhone! Awesome!

  • Steven Quan

    The last 2 computers look like “Kenny”.

  • Steven Quan

    The last 2 computers look like “Kenny”.

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