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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.

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12 Of The Best Apple Print Ads Of All Time [Gallery]

12 Of The Best Apple Print Ads Of All Time [Gallery]

Apple has a reputation for having some of the best advertisements in the world. Not only does Apple know how to make unique products that consumers lust for, but they know how to sell them to people better than any company on the planet.

Over the last three decades Apple has had some incredible print ads. Some have struck the heart strings of consumers, while others were just really bad. We took a look at some of the best Apple print ads from the over the years and decided that these are 12 of the best ever.

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How The AIDS Epidemic Caused Apple To Change MacPaint

How The AIDS Epidemic Caused Apple To Change MacPaint

Back in 1983, when Apple was first developing MacPaint and its less-featured sister app for the Apple II, MousePaint, they had a menu option called “Aids” which contained image manipulation tools. You can see this menu in documentation for the original AppleMouse II.

Before release, though, this menu was renamed Goodies, and intriguingly, it was done so because of rising awareness of the AIDS epidemic. The more you know!

Coming Soon: A World Populated Only By Old Apple Computers


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Project Genesis offers a new take on the silicon Story of Creation

Word is spreading of a new independent film, Project Genesis, involving a world populated only by old Apple computers. Italian director and filmmaker Alessio Fava has posted an enigmatic teaser of Macs shuffling around in a drab soulless environment, with hints of better existence:

We computers have always looked at our world from a single point of view: with resignation, limiting ourselves to survive. We were wrong! From this moment on, everything changes: new unexpected ways open up in front of us, the world we knew now becomes more accessible, simple, within everyone’s range.

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The Greatest Easter Egg Of All Time Was Exclusive To The Apple II

The Greatest Easter Egg Of All Time Was Exclusive To The Apple II

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of inserting an old floppy of Jordan Mechner’s classic beat-em-up Karateka into a vintage Apple II, you already know it’s one of the most timelessly classic video ames ever made.

Ever tried inserting the floppy disk upside down, though? If you’re one of the few people who have, whether by accident or design, you’ve experienced one of the greatest and funniest Apple easter eggs of all time: the whole game played upside down.

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This Incredible Vintage Apple Collection Is Probably The Biggest One Outside The U.S. [Gallery]

This Incredible Vintage Apple Collection Is Probably The Biggest One Outside The U.S. [Gallery]

Andrei Antonov is a huge Apple fan and has been an avid collector the last three decades. He’s got a certified crap-ton of old Apple machines, Newtons, Pippins, even random peripherals and Steve Jobs figurines. The guy has seriously got so much Apple stuff that he used it all to launch the Museum of Apple Technology where visitors can come in and actually touch the machines and play games like Prince of Persia and Mario on the oldest Macs you can find.

It’s an impressive collection to say the least, and some people think it might be the biggest collection of Apple hardware outside the U.S. Who are we to doubt them? Take a look at the pictures and see for yourself.

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Back In The 80s, Apple Shipped This Awesome Little Wrench With Their Products

Back In The 80s, Apple Shipped This Awesome Little Wrench With Their Products

Nowadays, Apple locks its devices down pretty tightly: RAM soldered onto motherboards, proprietary torx screws and parts glued to each other inside cases. About the only tool you’ll ever find Apple shipping a product with that has been designed to help you actually open that device up is the iPhone’s liquid metal SIM ejection tool.

But that wasn’t always the case. Thirty years ago, Apple shipped every 5.25’ disk drive controller add-on kit for their Apple II computer with the adorable little wrench you see in the picture above, meant to help you actually install the card in your machine. It even had a cute little Apple logo stamped into the metal. I wish I had one of those for my keychain.

Is This The Greatest Apple II Display Graphic Of All-Time? [Image]

Is This The Greatest Apple II Display Graphic Of All-Time? [Image]

Is this graphic from the 80’s not the most amazing Apple II display ad you’ve ever seen? It’s got freaking rainbows and unicorns and even dolphins jumping out of the sea to play hopscotch with you. Shoot, it’s even got a cute little dancing penguin too! The only thing that would make it better is if Steve Jobs was riding a great white shark in the background with a laser attached to its head.

What do you think could be added to the graphic to make it even better? Let us hear your ideas in the comments.

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Scoopertino: Apple to Re-Release Apple II, the Computer Which Started It All [Humor]

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Breaking fake news site Scoopertino is reporting that Apple has decided to take a retro approach with their new product offering, a re-release of the venerable Apple II microcomputer. An Apple press release (apparently) notes:

The Apple II gave birth to the computer industry. Now it’s pregnant again — this time with unlimited possibilities.

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Vintage Computer Festivals March On: KansasFest and VCF East, 2012 Editions

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Old computers never really die, they just get passed on to grandkids and collectors. Likewise old computer users never die, they just don’t get out as much as they used to. The internet is an unfriendly place for 8 bit processors and dialup modems.

To help relive old memories and make new ones, several festivals dedicated to computers with no commercial value make the rounds each year. This year for our vintage geek pleasures: the perennial Apple II bash called KansasFest, and the Vintage Computer Festival East.

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