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The five weirdest Macs of all time

Benj Edwards | Oct. 15, 2012
In its 36 years in business, Apple has produced hundreds of computer models in a dizzying array of sizes, styles, and capabilities. All along the way, fans and critics alike have lauded Apple for its unique and distinctive design sense—even in the awkward years before Steve Jobs rejoined the company, believe it or not.

Analysts, who had no idea of Apples original inventory-clearing plans for the XL, openly voiced their confusion about why Apple killed its most popular new product. But Apple had no intention of building any more Macintosh XLs, and this weird machine bit the dust in June 1985.

1. Power Macintosh G3 All-In-One (1998)

Pop quiz: Name the first partly translucent all-in-one Macintosh. If you said iMac, youd be horribly, terribly mistaken. But wed all forgive you for thinking that.

No, that honor goes to the Power Macintosh G3 All-In-One, announced in March 1998a mere two months before the iMac. Amazingly, this 59-pound beast of a machine slipped in under Steve Jobss watch, although you can be assured that this molar-shaped monstrosity traces its origins to a time before he took charge.

With a 233 or 266 MHz PowerPC G3 CPU, a 15-inch monitor, 4GB hard drive, and 24X CD-ROM drive, youd be excused for thinking this machine is an iMac on paper. After all, the two machines shared similar baseline specs.

But youd be wrong, again. The iMac ditched the twin floppy drives, the internal PCI slots, and the grotesque, tooth-like appearance that tips the scales to make the G3 All-In-One the weirdest Mac of all time.


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