Apple's 15 boldest computer designs, 1976 - 2012

Apple's computer hardware designs through the years have reflected the state of the company. Subliminal messages abound with each product release. Here are some of Apple's most bold, iconic computer designs and what we think they're telling us.

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PowerBook G4 (2001)

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The first PowerBook came to market in 1991, a black-and-white machine followed by color versions. From a design perspective, the series didn't really hit its stride until the PowerBook G4 with a titanium skin and a 15.2-inch screen suitable for watching widescreen movies. The machine was developed under the watchful eye of CEO Steve Jobs.

"With the release of the PowerBook titanium, Apple brought a new sense of design, style and class to the realm of portability," says Yamaguma. "Unfortunately, the frame was a painted silver color. Due to constant rubbing of the hands resting on the laptop, the paint would rub off, leaving an embarrassing scar on an otherwise beautiful machine."

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