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The Shrine of Apple--a (sill in progress) archive of photos and specs for Apple's complete product history.
posted by Horace Rumpole (65 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
No Banana Jr. 6000?
posted by not_on_display at 2:08 PM on August 30, 2011


That's pretty neat. Somewhere around here I have the AppleDesign book, which is all pre 1997 stuff.
posted by smackfu at 2:13 PM on August 30, 2011


No Pippin, no sale.
posted by kmz at 2:14 PM on August 30, 2011


This is awesome. I need to find my Macintosh Portable bag. Which is about the size of a small table.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:15 PM on August 30, 2011


Did anyone else immediately look up the Newton as well?
posted by griphus at 2:19 PM on August 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Ye gods, it's like Apple porn.
posted by zarq at 2:20 PM on August 30, 2011


griphus: "Did anyone else immediately look up the Newton as well?"

I looked for the Duo. Which they didn't have.
posted by zarq at 2:20 PM on August 30, 2011


Kind of a buggy gallery. If you move the mouse while an image is loading, sometimes the image changes.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 2:20 PM on August 30, 2011


No Quadra 800 either.

Sorry, this post was rushed to market.
posted by Trurl at 2:21 PM on August 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


not_on_display: "No Banana Jr. 6000?"

GENE SIMMONS NEVER HAD A PERSONAL COMPUTER WHEN HE WAS A KID
posted by zarq at 2:22 PM on August 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


Well, it will be a great site when it's done. But it's far from done. ( I know, we were warned: "sill in progress.")
posted by The Deej at 2:22 PM on August 30, 2011


I love when Metafilter loves consumerism.
posted by xmutex at 2:29 PM on August 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I look forward to them being sued by Apple for imitating their website's trade dress.
posted by blue_beetle at 2:29 PM on August 30, 2011


You mean they couldn't find a single person with an AT&T iPhone?
posted by Madamina at 2:32 PM on August 30, 2011


Sadly, Apple just hasn't been the same since they were bought out by NeXT.
posted by miyabo at 2:33 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I love when Metafilter hates when Metafilter loves consumerism.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:34 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Mactacking Pilgrims might enjoy this application (free, which lets a user compare different specs from The History)
posted by infinite intimation at 2:35 PM on August 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Your hate only makes Steve Jobs more powerful.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:35 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


infinite intimation, MacTracker rules. I use it all the time when I need specs for hardware purchasing/selling/upgrading/repairing info. It's absolutely encyclopedic, and I haven't found a serious mistake, yet.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:37 PM on August 30, 2011


GENE SIMMONS NEVER HAD A PERSONAL COMPUTER WHEN HE WAS A KID

This hung in the computer lab of the high school where my dad taught -- where he used to let me program in Basic on nights when he was working late and no one else was around -- and the comic itself used to bother me because, well, I didn't get it. You have just brought back a really well buried child hood memory -- and reminded me why I get a little misty eyed about Apple like all the rest of those who do, despite having not owned one any of their their products.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:38 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


"The Apple Museum".
posted by infinite intimation at 2:38 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


A much more informative history of Apple products.

Apple-History.com

Enjoy.
posted by LoudMusic at 2:39 PM on August 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Your hate only makes Steve Jobs more powerful.

You came in too soon. Go back out and wait for the haters to actually get here first.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:42 PM on August 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


If they were doing it properly it would cost $9.99 to view, could only be read in the order Steve Jobs thinks is best and would be suing the rest of the internet for infringing Apple's patents on photography, the alphabet, the rectangle and the square.
posted by joannemullen at 2:45 PM on August 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


OK, now you can do it, Blazecock Pileon.
posted by joannemullen at 2:46 PM on August 30, 2011


If you move the mouse while an image is loading, sometimes the image changes.

It'd work better with a two-button mouse.

TROLLFACE.JPG
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 2:48 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


They really are kinda askin' for it though. The quote on the second-to-last entry on the slide show, for example:

"This is so revolutionary, it's incredible." -- Steve Jobs

A key indicator that this is completely meaningless is the fact that you could invert the adjectives without gaining or losing information:

"This is so incredible, it's revolutionary." -- Steve Jobs

I mean, using "revolutionary" in meaningless sentences is kind of a dog whistle for anyone who remembers anything about the 20th century.
posted by George_Spiggott at 2:49 PM on August 30, 2011


You know, I find it really interesting how I can get really kind of bummed out that Milo Bloom doesn't really exist any more. It doesn't make any sense and I don't understand what differentiates him from other fictional characters whose stories are finished.
posted by neuromodulator at 2:54 PM on August 30, 2011


Inferior Quality Software

Sorry. Couldn't resist. Will stop now.
posted by zarq at 2:57 PM on August 30, 2011


No Banana Jr. 6000?

Banana Jr. ... LIVES!
posted by bionic.junkie at 2:59 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Those eMate photos sure brought back some memories.

Some incredibly nerdy memories.

...upon reflection, most of my memories are incredibly nerdy memories.
posted by pts at 2:59 PM on August 30, 2011


"still in progress" is an understament. The site has great potential, though.
posted by brain_drain at 3:00 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'll be curious to see which category they think the Pippin fits.
posted by ardgedee at 3:01 PM on August 30, 2011


you know, an understament. very similar to an understatement.
posted by brain_drain at 3:02 PM on August 30, 2011


I'm pretty sure there's a typo in this post. It's supposed to read "a shill in progress," right?
posted by crunchland at 3:08 PM on August 30, 2011


...suing the rest of the internet for infringing Apple's patents on photography, the alphabet, the rectangle and the square.

No, just the rounded rectangle.

Complain differently.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:08 PM on August 30, 2011


If they were doing it properly it would cost $9.99 to view...

When Apple tried to muscle in on 30% of all in-app purchases, John Gruber, addressing the accusations that the company was trying to make as much money as possible, replied - I think I have the quote more or less correct - "Duh."
posted by Trurl at 3:12 PM on August 30, 2011


Your hate only makes Steve Jobs more powerful. --- Well, based on the recent photo I saw of him, linked off the post about him retiring, I'd say he unfortunately needs all the help he can get.
posted by crunchland at 3:12 PM on August 30, 2011


Actually, I was wrong, it's perfect as it is. Beautifully glossy but with only half the stuff that everyone else provides as standard.
posted by joannemullen at 3:29 PM on August 30, 2011


No, just the rounded rectangle.

Everyone always forgets the Cube.
posted by bonehead at 3:37 PM on August 30, 2011


Actually, I was wrong, it's perfect as it is. Beautifully glossy but with only half the stuff that everyone else provides as standard.

Please stop threadshitting.
posted by Trurl at 3:50 PM on August 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


You know, I find it really interesting how I can get really kind of bummed out that Milo Bloom doesn't really exist any more. It doesn't make any sense and I don't understand what differentiates him from other fictional characters whose stories are finished

I'd like to think that Milo partnered with Oliver Wendell Jones (the Steve Jobs to Oliver's Woz) and launched some wildly successfully and incredibly shady Internet website. Maybe Napster.
posted by entropicamericana at 3:51 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


This isn't much of a site yet, they only have pictures of 2 Macs, a Lisa, and an Apple II.

My personal favorite site is "The Mothership." They focus on print ads and documentation, which I prefer since you learn more than when you just look at a picture of the computer. I suppose I should make a disclaimer that I've contributed some pretty serious historical archives to their site.

But no shrine will ever be complete without the extremely rare Macintosh "Picasso" Crystal Display that was issued to the first Macintosh dealerships. No, you can not have mine.
posted by charlie don't surf at 3:54 PM on August 30, 2011


You came in too soon.

You know there's more than one way to interpret this, right?
posted by c13 at 3:58 PM on August 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


If Apple had maintained the hotshit design of my first pc, the IIc I'd probably be posting this from my ipad, rather than this hot black Lenovo.
posted by kneecapped at 4:01 PM on August 30, 2011


This seems to be the right thread to post the first day of Steve Jobs' calendar after resigning as CEO.
posted by A dead Quaker at 4:56 PM on August 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


OK, never mind the old hardware porn, I need to buy that hook rug kit from the 1983 gift catalog from the Mothership site.
posted by droplet at 5:03 PM on August 30, 2011


If Apple had maintained the hotshit design of my first pc, the IIc I'd probably be posting this from my ipad, rather than this hot black Lenovo.

They did. Then Sculley fired Jobs, and frogdesign left Apple to go work with Jobs at NeXT.
posted by charlie don't surf at 5:30 PM on August 30, 2011


charlie don't surf: "This isn't much of a site yet, they only have pictures of 2 Macs, a Lisa, and an Apple II."

Check the other categories. Specifically Peripherals and Laptops.
posted by zarq at 5:38 PM on August 30, 2011


For example.

It definitely could use more content. But there's more there than Lisa and an Apple ][
posted by zarq at 5:40 PM on August 30, 2011


I think I've got more Apple products in my home right now than they have on their entire site.
posted by ShutterBun at 6:06 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


No iPod prototype?
posted by morganw at 6:15 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, sweet jesus, a QuickTake 200. I owned one, and it soaked up batteries like Vaseline on a burn victim.

These photos are posed like fashion photography. There's just something about the color and shape of the 68K Macs that makes me wax rhapsodic. An LC II, with System 7 and Photoshop 2.5, is the loveliest machine in the world.
posted by Rockear at 9:32 PM on August 30, 2011


What about those iTunes phones?
posted by mazola at 9:46 PM on August 30, 2011


What about those iTunes phones?

Hindsight sure explains the pissed-off look on Jobs' face when he holds up the Motorola ROKR. What a graceless piece of tech.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:57 PM on August 30, 2011


Apple IIe only? What is this, Tiffany's?
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:20 PM on August 30, 2011


I miss my Matt Groening drawn 1989 Bongo's Dream Dorm poster with a spot for a Macintosh.
posted by ZeusHumms at 10:55 PM on August 30, 2011


The thing that always freaked me out was that a version of the Apple IIe was available for sale until November 1993! Wow.
posted by readyfreddy at 4:32 AM on August 31, 2011


The thing that always freaked me out was that a version of the Apple IIe was available for sale until November 1993! Wow.

Apple II Forever
posted by charlie don't surf at 7:50 AM on August 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


I know it was mentioned above, but a much better version of this site already exists.

http://www.apple-history.com

Baaaaaaaaaack in the day, I owned a Quadra.
CPU: Motorola MC68040
CPU Speed: 33 MHz
RAM Type: 30 pin SIMM
Minimum RAM Speed: 80 ns
Onboard RAM: 0 MB
RAM slots: 16
Maximum RAM: 256 MB
Level 1 Cache: 4 kB data, 4 kB instruction
Expansion Slots: 5 NuBus, 1 PDS

Storage
Hard Drive: 230 MB-1 GB
Floppy Drive: 1.4 MB SuperDrive
Optical Drive: 2x CD-ROM

The Quadra 950 sold for $7,200.
posted by 2oh1 at 3:17 PM on August 31, 2011


I recently found one of those Apple rainbow stickers while going through some old stuff. I've been wondering if it's a "collectible".
posted by AppleSeed at 7:59 PM on August 31, 2011


Those stickers aren't particularly valuable. You can find tons of them on eBay. Apple used to give out a sheet with 4 stickers on it with every product, you can find some online vendors trying to sell them for $40. They're nuts. I'm sure I must have a dozen of them in my files somewhere, plus another 6 or 7 sheets of white logos. I figure the old vintage sticker sheets are worth maybe $5, $10 tops. Some of the larger single stickers are worth a little more, they weren't as common. Some of the more recent white stickers can be bought for $2.50, they are too new to have been lost or discarded.

You really have to dig to find real Apple collectables, like my Crystal Display I mentioned upthread. I ganked that pic from a memorabilia site offered this unit for $1500, that was years ago. You want to see a real rarity? I have one of these official Apple-issued Lisa enamel pins.
posted by charlie don't surf at 8:38 PM on August 31, 2011


I have an "I (apple) NY" button from an ancient MacWorld... wonder if that is worth anything. I'm pretty sure the big poster for the toilet seat Macbook isn't worth nothing.
posted by smackfu at 10:32 AM on September 1, 2011


It's a little late for this thread, but what the hell..

I was looking around for that "I Apple NY" pin and stumbled upon the motherlode of Apple memorabilia. And it's in Japan of course. A lot of this stuff is Japan-specific, like pencil cases (you won't ever find those in the US but the Japanese love them). It's all in Japanese but you can navigate with the arrow buttons at the bottom.

Holy crap, look at this, the 1985 Super Bowl stadium and every seat has an Apple logo seat cushion. I'm not so sure some of these items are officially Apple licensed, like the Apple Shoeshine set. Ooh, I have this walnut box for floppy disks, but it doesn't have a brass presentation plate on the front. And on that same page, some Apple stock certificates, I wish I had a few thousand of those. I used to have the legendary Pascal Poster hanging over my desk when I was a programmer. Wow, I want the lucite Lisa paperweight! There's the Apple logo Cross Pen, I have a pen like that but it has an IBM logo, got it as an award for selling $2million of IBM PCs. Too much cool stuff in there, I think I need a drink.
posted by charlie don't surf at 4:22 PM on September 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


the motherlode of Apple memorabilia

Two things, both from this link: that wooden disk box is unspeakably gorgeous, and the card holder is borderline pornographic.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:43 PM on September 4, 2011


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