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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iPod (2001)


The iPod mp3 player was the design that ignited Apple's meteoric rise in the last decade. The precursor to the iPhone, the iPod delivered "a thousand songs in your pocket" through copious amounts of computing power in a tiny form factor that's easy to use. The hardware design of the original iPod and its successors gave Apple its winning identity, one of style and sensibility.

"With the release of the video iPod in 2005, we were hooked -- no turning back," says Yamaguma.

Apple's Overlooked iTunes and iPod Announcements

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