Last year, Apple Matters published an article detailing the historical prices of the iPod, from the first scroll wheel version to the current, fifth-generation model. Everymac.com keeps detailed records of the system specs and prices of nearly every major Apple system. Using these two sites, we can see just how Apple products have changed in price and features.
The first iPod came in 5GB and 10GB versions, for $400 and $500 each. They used a monochrome screen and a mechanical wheel, and could display neither photos nor movies. Today, a
The first iMac came out in 1998. It had a 15-inch CRT display, a 233 Mhz G3 processor, and 32 MB of RAM, all for the low price of $1,300. Now you can pick up an
When the iBook came out in 1999, it offered a 300 Mhz G3 processor and 64 MB of RAM for $1600. Today, you can pick up a 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
A year before the iBook came out, Apple released the PowerBook, a business-end notebook with the same 300 Mhz G3 processor and 64 MB RAM as its consumer-oriented successor. It cost a hefty $4,500. A
The iPhone is the first of its kind, and Apple is going to keep working on newer, better, and cheaper versions. The cutting edge might be fun, but it's also expensive. In a year or two, maybe we'll see 3G iPhones for $400 or less.