A new photography project and a just released book by Jonathan Zufi, "Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation," chronicles the life of Apple products in pictures. It's a beautiful look at everything Apple has ever made.
Zufi collected more than 500 products and took more than 150,000 photos for his project. The result is a simple, clean collection fit for any Apple fanatic. The book itself is 326 pages with more 650 photographs, but the Web site goes even deeper, displaying more than 3,500 photographs of iconic, classic, and rare Apple products.
In addition to the iPhones and MacBooks that are still around today, Zufi's collection also includes special limited release developer models and products which where made but cancelled before being widely released.
The Apple II Plus, seen here, was released in 1979 and retailed for $1,195. It shipped with 16KB, 32KB, or 48KB of main RAM, which was expandable to 64KB by means of the Language Card, an expansion card that could be installed.
The Newton 110 developer version, also known as the Clear Newton, was one of just around 100 of the devices made specifically for developers and given out at the 1994 Mac Developers conference.
The Newton 110 recognized printed or cursive handwriting, stored notes, and also recognized graphics and the inherent symmetry in objects.
The first Mac, the Macintosh 128K, was a computer was originally planned to be released with a Twiggy floppy disk drive, similar to the one used in the Apple Lisa 1 computer.
High error rates with the Twiggy disk drive though forced Apple to switch over to the 400K Sony 3.5-inch disk drive in the last two or three months before the Macintosh's scheduled release on January 24, 1984.
The education oriented eMate 300 was a PDA based on the Newton platform, which used an ARM 710a RISC processor running at 25MHz, had 8MB ROM and 3MB RAM.
With a 480x320 backlit grayscale screen, the folding clamshell style also contained a keyboard, and the device also shipped with a stylus.
The Macintosh Plus computer, the third model in the Macintosh line, launched in 1986 with a retail price of $2,600. The Mac Plus shipped with 1MB RAM, an external SCSI peripheral bus, and could run System 7.
The 800K drive stores more system programs and applications on a dual-sided 3.5-inch disk and still leaves space for data files. The 800K drive operates at twice the speed of the 400K drive.
Created in 1983, the Unifile Twiggy floppy drive was an innovative double-sided drive that had heads on opposite sides of the spindle. The Twiggy disks offered an extremely large capacity of over 800K.
Though the Unifile was announced by Apple, the program was canceled before it ever shipped. It was intended to Apple II and Apple III computers, but the Twiggy drive was only ever used in the Lisa I. Many of the drives were made, but then the product was canned and most of the units were destroyed.