Jason Snell and a collection of long-time Mac watchers count down Jason's list of the 20 most notable Macs of all time, one per week.



Latest Episodes

#23: John Siracusa, part 3

February 19th, 2021 · 68 minutes

From November 20, 2020: Titanium PowerBook G4, MacBook Air, the original Macintosh, PowerBook 140/170, iMac G3, and to his great dismay, John learns Jason's final rankings.

#22: John Siracusa, part 2

February 19th, 2021 · 63 minutes

From September 1, 2020: The Macintosh Portable, Power Computing clones, iMac G4, Power Mac G4 Cube, iBook, and Macintosh SE/30.

#21: John Siracusa, part 1

February 12th, 2021 · 104 minutes

Two interviews with John Siracusa used for the 20 Macs for 2020 podcast, discussing the first nine entries in the series.

#20: iMac G3 (#1)

December 31st, 2020 · 24 minutes

It was the late 90s and Apple was on the ropes. Steve Jobs knew the company needed a lifeline, fast. And 10 months after Jobs took back control of the company, he announced the product that would fund Apple's resurgence and change its future forever.

#19: The Original PowerBooks (#2)

December 24th, 2020 · 14 minutes

After the failure of the Macintosh Portable, Apple took a different approach to designing a laptop. The result helped tip the balance of power between humans and computers.

#18: Original Macintosh (#3)

December 18th, 2020 · 21 minutes

The first Mac followed in the Lisa's footsteps and had a lot of limitations--but it changed the course of the computer industry forever.

#17: MacBook Air (#4)

December 11th, 2020 · 21 minutes

Apple's first attempt at the ultimate thin and light laptop was overpriced and underpowered. The second attempt resulted in the definitive Mac of the 2010s.

#16: Titanium PowerBook G4 (#5)

December 4th, 2020 · 12 minutes

Apple's first metallic silver laptop set the company on a path that it's been on for two decades and counting, but it also proved that the company still had a lot to learn.

#15: Mac SE/30 (#6)

November 20th, 2020 · 13 minutes

What's the best Mac of all time? It's an impossible question to answer. Yet three well-known Mac commentators all have the same answer.

#14: iBook G3 (#7)

November 13th, 2020 · 14 minutes

After a lot of speculation, Steve Jobs finally filled in the Mac's fourth product quadrant with a consumer laptop that was one of a kind. But what's a "consumer laptop," really?