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.



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#13: Power Mac G4 Cube (#8)

November 6th, 2020 · 24 minutes

There may have never been a Mac more aligned with Steve Jobs's personal quirks than the Power Mac G4 Cube. It was a spectacular failure.

#12: iMac G4 (#9)

October 30th, 2020 · 17 minutes

One of Apple's greatest design triumphs was meant to set the company up for the next decade. Instead, it became a false start--and a rejected design direction ended up being more functional, if less inspirational.

#11: Power Computing (#10)

October 23rd, 2020 · 23 minutes

For a couple of years in the mid-90s, the Mac market was enthralled by a clonemaker with great deals and riotous marketing.

#10: Mac Portable (#11)

October 9th, 2020 · 24 minutes

Thank goodness there are second chances, because Apple's first attempt to make a portable Macintosh was as inauspicious at it gets.

#9: Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (#12)

October 2nd, 2020 · 21 minutes

In an era where Apple liked to show concepts from its design lab in public, one weird Mac prototype somehow became a real product, and was unveiled at the end of the worst Apple keynote in history.

#8: Mac IIcx and IIci (#13)

September 25th, 2020 · 15 minutes

You know about the Macintosh, but do you know about the sequel? The Macintosh II was huge--literally. But its compact successors might be the pinnacle of late 80s/early 90s Apple design.

#7: Mac mini (#14)

September 18th, 2020 · 12 minutes

The popularity of the iPod led Apple to create a Mac designed specifically to tempt people to switch from Windows. It didn't go as planned, but the result was a Mac model that's been with us for fifteen years and counting.

#6: DayStar Genesis MP (#15)

September 11th, 2020 · 16 minutes

One of the most important developments in the history of the Mac was not created in Cupertino, but by a Mac clonemaker in a tiny town in Georgia.

#5: Blue and White Power Mac G3 (#16)

September 4th, 2020 · 16 minutes

Professionals were dragged out of their beige towers by an iMac-inspired Power Mac that featured a drop-down door, big plastic handles, and a raft of new technologies.

#4: PowerBook 500 and 5300 (#17)

August 28th, 2020 · 13 minutes

Apple follows up its groundbreaking original PowerBooks with a new set of laptops that ushered in perhaps the ugliest period in Apple laptop history.