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

iMac (1998)

In a bid to make a splash and become relevant again, Apple, with Steve Jobs back with the company, introduced the blue iMac in 1998. This spawned a refresh of translucent, candy-colored Apple computers, such as the Powermac G3 (1999), iBook (1999) and various iMac patterns (2001). The coolness factor of the design worked, and the younger generation jumped on board the Apple train.

"Apple was now breaking new ground in design and personal computing, distancing themselves from the staid world of Windows PCs," says graphic designer Yamaguma.

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