Apple has produced some absolutely iconic products over the years. The firm is responsible for many of the gadgets we take for granted today, from laptops and desktop computers to transformative, genre-changing phones, portable music players and tablets. We’re betting there’s a good chance you’re reading this article on one of them.
Surely this makes it impossible to limit the company’s entire output to less than thirty? Well, we’re going to bash it anyway. In no particular order, these are what we think are the 25 best Apple gadgets ever released.
Apple II (1977)
By current Apple standards, the Apple II had all of the cardboard box design pancake. But Woz’s geek-oriented Apple Eye take-up to home computing stormed and production continued, in various permutations, until 1993. magnificent.
Apple Mac Mini (2005)
Apple’s first home desktop computer came with nothing at all—no monitor, no keyboard, and no mouse. Of course, those were things to worry about when you’ll find a barely perceptible power button on the rear panel. It came with an optical drive, although this too was dropped in 2010. Minimalism much?
Apple iPod 4G Photos (2004)
Apple’s iPod had already changed the world, but the fourth generation not only brought the touch-friendly Clickwheel to the ‘proper’ iPod for the first time (it debuted on the short-lived iPod mini), but it offered a look at the future of color. A glimpse of what Apple can do with the launch of The addition of 2005’s 5G video came as no surprise.
Apple iPad (2010)
When Steve Jobs announced the iPad, it fell on cynical ears. But the allegation of having a giant iPod Touch named for an Apple-iced feminine hygiene product only lasted until we had it in our hands. In a jiffy, Apple invented a new category of gadgets and was forced to develop overtime to catch up to the rest of the gadget world.
Apple Power Mac G4 Cube (2000)
It sold badly (the Power Mac G4 Cube was widely regarded as overpriced), but some architect/design agency types who liked its bleeding-edge design and see-through feel, using the rounded Harman Kardon speaker mark-up. were qualified, appropriately about to smuggle their purchases. New York’s Museum of Modern Art agreed.
Apple iPhone 3G (2008)
It may not be Apple’s first iPhone, but the 2008 update was the first to fully realize the potential of the new flagship iThing. Freed from the shackles of 2G data downloads, the iPhone 3G made mobile browsing a pleasure and opened the doors to a little idea called the App Store.
Apple Macintosh (1984)
Apple’s Macintosh just hit the 1984 personal computing scene like a hammer in one pretty big metaphorical face (if you haven’t seen the Orwellian ad, it’s worth watching) youtube) It was the cornerstone of Apple’s future: compact form, innovative 3.5in floppy storage media and – most important – its graphical user interface. The Mac defined how we interact with modern computers.
Apple MacBook Air (2008)
If you wanted a laptop that you could post, it was a breeze. Steve Jobs pulled the first bulimic MacBook out of an envelope in Manila in 2008, a feathery, wafer-thin desire that was stripped of its optical drive and most ports. It was ahead of its time, but by the time the MBA picked up Intel’s Core i-series processors in 2011, it had proven that Apple had the right idea. except the postal bit. That was just weird.
Nike+iPod Sports Kit (2006)
Using an accelerometer-packing shoe sensor and an iPhone or iPod adapter, the Nike+ iPod Sports Kit lets you measure your running distance, pace, and speed. This introduced a litany of App + accessory add-ons that continue to grow rapidly, although the usefulness of Nike’s Nuggetty pedometer was superseded by the introduction of the accelerometer to the iPhone.
Apple MacBook Pro (2008)
The 2008 iteration of the MacBook Pro featured a unibody housing wrapped around its sleek island keyboard. Its touchpad includes multi-touch gesture controls based on the MacBook Air. It had a presence to act as a workhorse for creative professionals and to perform ‘promotional ideas’ regularly on the most expensive-produced TV shows. No wonder everyone still wants one.
Apple Mouse (1983)
The Apple mouse neatly explains Apple’s approach to technology. It wasn’t the first mouse to hit the market, but Apple’s entire R&D process created a breathtakingly simple device that redefined the way we interacted with computers. It was stripped back and simple — almost to a fault, as Apple users begged Cupertino for a second button over the next two decades.
Apple Lisa (1983)
Officially standing for ‘Local Integrated Software Architecture’, Lisa was also the name of Steve Jobs’ daughter. It was the first commercial computer to rock a graphical user interface and brought us out of the command line-powered stone age.
Apple iMac (1998)
The iconic iMac set its fingers on competing beige-boxing rivals by arriving in a convoy of brightly colored plastic balls, and the included color-coordinated ‘hockey puck’ mouse was loved and hated in equal measures.
Apple App Store (2008)
The first of two non-gadgets on our list (in company with Mac OS X Lion), the App Store brought software development to the masses, introducing the concept of sub-£1 mini games and great single-purpose ikjprograms and This means that you can upgrade your smartphone on the bus. Or play paper toss. Your choice.
Apple iPod nano 5G (2009)
The Nano’s transition from a slim PMP to a pocketable camera capable of shooting YouTube-friendly clips with live effects meant we got all the cheap video thrills and started turning knives into dedicated budget handheld camcorders. The only caveat? It wasn’t designed to be held like a video camera, and your videos essentially featured cameos from blobby fingers.
Apple AirPods (2016)
Apple wasn’t at the forefront of true wireless earphones, but that hasn’t stopped what it’s doing Three generations of AirPods Has become the company’s most successful accessory. His strength was in the instantly recognizable appearance that propelled the industry of knock-off products, and the ease with which he paired Apple products. They were a breath of fresh air compared to the notoriously finicky Bluetooth ‘buds of old, and would influence rival firms like Google and Samsung to step up their pairing game.
Apple iPod Shuffle (2005)
Apple’s first-generation tweak was so small that Apple had to put a ‘no food’ disclaimer on its website. Skipping the screen and focusing on simplicity, it provided a solution for adrenaline junkies and gym enthusiasts alike. The original is plugged directly into your computer’s USB port.
Apple iMac G4 (2002)
Nicknamed the iLamp, the G4 won the hearts of many gadgeteer with its stylish all-in-one minimalistic design and adjustable screen. With up to 80 GB of storage space coupled with an 800 MHz processor, it proves to be mind-blowing as well as beauty.
Apple Newton MessagePad 100 (1993)
The then-CEO of Apple, John Scully, first coined the phrase PDA in reference to Newton. The touchscreen and stylus combination offered a new way of interacting with technology, but the flaky handwriting recognition and concept ahead of its time eventually led to its demise.
Apple TV (2007)
Intended to change the face of TV by delivering digital video to the living room, Apple TV provided an affordable way to stream your PC content and buy or rent movies on your TV. But ‘iPod to TV’ wasn’t for everyone. It had a slick Apple UI and earned its streaming stripes, but users tended to lean heavily on the iTunes ecosystem, especially when — in 2010 — Apple abandoned the hard drive.
Apple iPhone 4 (2010)
While some say it’s still the best looking iPhone, the iPhone 4 was brighter, sharper, and thinner than previous incarnations. It literally wore its industrial design (including scratch-resistant glass, high-res Retina display, two cameras and frame-integrated antennas) on its sleeve. Ultimately it proved its Achilles heel, giving rise to the lazy-labeled Antennagate ‘Scandal’. Did this affect sales? suspicious.
Apple Watch (2015)
You know the drill by now: Others tried it at first and only the tech-obsessed took notice, but then Apple came along and everyone got on board. With a choice of increasingly expensive materials and straps, along with sleek integration between smartphone and smartwatch, the Apple Watch quickly became the world’s most popular wearable. It straddles the line between technology and fashion in a way that no rival has managed to replicate.
Apple iBook G3 (1999)
Apple’s attention-grabbing iBook gave rise to the phrase ‘laptop envy’ when it hit the scene on its ’90s backend. Despite allegations of looking like a toilet seat, it took its design cues from the beauty of the iMac G3, came in a smorgasbord of colors and was virtually portable. It was hugely popular – generating iPhone-like buzz in its day – but gave way to the MacBook in 2006.
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (2011)
Not technically a gadget, but OS X Lion roars onto the scene as a download-only operating system—a first for Apple. And while it built on the more significant advances in previous versions of Mac OS X, Lion felt like Apple was settling in its full, innovative progress. A generation of trackpad users had their world turned (literally) on its head, while the OS overtook Windows 7 in user friendliness and graphical ‘wow’. It moved six million downloads in the first few months.
Apple iPod (2001)
It’s hard to express fully how much Apple’s little white box changed gadgets. It had a massive 5GB hard drive with buffering so it wouldn’t skip and a fancy scroll wheel. It was white. And it would go on to change the way gadgets look, the way they are used, and – along with iTunes – the entire music industry. Not a bad attempt.
Apple MacBook (2006)
Stepping up to replace the iBook and 12in Powerbook, the 13.3in MacBook was the first Apple laptop to have Intel inside. And it came in white (which seemed like a good idea for the first month) or black polycarbonate. Several DIY YouTube videos surfaced to help owners replace the hard drive, battery, and RAM—making us all feel like real men.
Apple Power Mac G5 (2003)
The G5 was Apple’s most powerful computer in 2005 and was known as the first 64-bit PC. It was encased in that season’s bulletproof anodized aluminum shell, a look that proved irresistible to graphic designers with money, while being able to house 8GB of RAM back in 2003 was something to email home about. . at a ridiculous pace. It was replaced by the Mac Pro.
Apple iPhone X (2017)
The iPhone that ditched the home button was the biggest change to iPhones since it first appeared a decade ago. In its place came Face ID, which remains the industry standard for secure facial recognition – even if a year of pandemic-enforced mask wear may hurt that particular technology sometime in 2020. iphone x Also introduced notch, for better and for worse. We’ve (finally) gotten over it, and it’s still present on iPhone models today.