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.

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO |  Hardware, Apple, iMac

Macintosh Quadra 700, 900 (1991)

With the Macintosh Quadra tower, Apple looked to change its image somewhat from a Volkswagen Beetle to an American muscle car. No frills, just power. Quadra computers rivaled the most powerful PCs. The story goes that Apple hired Lexicon Branding to come up with the name. Quadra is a take on technical terms such as quadrant and quadriceps. There's no question Apple was flexing its muscles.

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