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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Apple I (1976)


It's the dawn of Silicon Valley, the spring of 1976, and Apple releases the Apple I, designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak and financed by Steve Jobs selling his VW van. The rough design tells the story of a couple of young engineers-entrepreneurs bootstrapping a great idea out of a garage. It screams American capitalism at its best.

"The evolution of the Apple Mac computers is a timeline of Silicon Valley," says graphic designer Steve Yamaguma of Design2Market.

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