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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Macintosh Plus (1986)

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When most people with a little age on them think of their first Apple computer, the image of the Macintosh Plus invariably comes to mind. Building on the iconic Macintosh design, the Macintosh Plus used a clean, bright-white casing that gave the impression of efficiency and coolness. This helped create a bond with the owner similar to that of a Volkswagen Beetle or Corvette Stingray, says Yamaguma. (Ironically, Steve Jobs was fired the year before.)

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