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I thought I might make a post about some Apple design concepts and prototypes that really didn't make it, or changed. Here they are:

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The Apple IIp. This was meant to be a portable Apple II. Rumor has it that this was being developed in 1989.

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1985 concept for the Macintosh Portable. Similar in design to the Apple IIc.

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Another concept for an Apple laptop. Looks similar to an iBook G4 or MacBook Pro.

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The Apple Interactive TV Box. Seems to be something like a DVR.

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The Apple Pomona. Could of lead to the design of the TAM and the modern day iMac.

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The Apple Palladin. Seems to be like a computer, printer, scanner (in the back of the machine) and phone all in one. Looks somewhat similar to Pomona.

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1982 Macintosh design concept. The first shot shows an oblong monitor with its disk drive on top. The second shot shows it with a wide monitor, and some kind of electric keyboard.

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1983 Snow White Macintosh design concept. Had this been the final design, the Mac may have felt like the iMac, released 14 years later.

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Apple may have considered consumer and professional level Macs during development. The 1982 or 1983 concepts would have been the consumer Mac, this would have the professional Mac, called the Workbench. Shown is a monitor, a built in keyboard, a phone with its keypad, a speaker and a printer.

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The prototype mouse that may have been included with the Workbench.

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The Apple Jonathan. Rumor has it that this computer was a DOS compatible, capable of running multiple operating systems. Shown colors are black and white. In these shots, it appears to have 3 HDDs, a 3.5 inch floppy drive (the first shot has two), and a 5.25 inch floppy drive. The first shot seems to also show a place where 3.5 inch floppy disks may have been stored for quick access next to the 5.25 inch floppy drive.

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Another design that may have also lead to the TAM. There also seems to be a wireless keyboard.
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Apple ATM anyone?
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While Apple's iPad seems more like an oversized iPhone, in the 80s Bashful was supposed to be Apple's Macintosh tablet. The first shot shows Bashful on a pink dock with a light indigo keyboard, and a yellow-orange disk drive. The second shot shows a man holding Bashful with its dock, and the third shot shows Bashful with its stylus.

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Prototype Newton. Screen folds on top, similar to a laptop or certain cellphones.

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The Apple phone. May have had data capabilities. Similar to a home phone + iPad.

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Another Apple phone. Unlike the other Apple phone, this one seemed more like a home phone. Could of also been an addon to the Macintosh.

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The Apple WALT (Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone). Seems to be similar the first Apple phone (with the screen). Was a working prototype when it was cancelled.

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Wire wrapped prototype Macintosh motherboard.

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And finally, a prototype Finder/Microfinder. Shown are the files and folders on a 5.25 inch disk, and tasks at the side.

Now heres a video:


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Impressive collection of Apple prototypes. Where did you find all these?

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pizzaboy192 wrote:Impressive collection of Apple prototypes. Where did you find all these?
Google Images and few other sites.
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Wow, that one that looks like an ATM machine is cool looking! Also that 83 Snow White Mac looks very much like an iMac with an eMac look.

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FAAKKKEEE!!!111

Nah, seriously nice job at finding all of these concepts.

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rootbeerblue45 wrote:FAAKKKEEE!!!111

Nah, seriously nice job at finding all of these concepts.
Thanks. There may be more I haven't found yet, though. :)
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DarkerJ wrote:
pizzaboy192 wrote:Impressive collection of Apple prototypes. Where did you find all these?
Google Images and few other sites.

Yup, thats about right…

I have seen most of these… A bunch were released by frog design…

http://www.flickr.com/groups/apple_prototypes/pool/

this Flikr album has a TON of apple prototypes… And a couple of pages from a Japanese magazine with more cool apple protos…

If you like this kind of stuff, check out the book called AppleDesign… I don't own it, but its awesome…

Someone posted a link to an Apple Collector's iDisk on this Board…

On the iDisk is a Video if the book…

http://www.theapplemuseum.com/index.php?id=45

List of a couple of apple Prototypes

http://www.flickr.com/photos/splorp/with/4288087247/

Some newton stuff

https://www.msu.edu/~luckie/newtgal.htm

More newton stuff

http://www.digibarn.com/

They possess several Apple prototypes…

Those are all I can think of…
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finkmacunix wrote:
DarkerJ wrote:
pizzaboy192 wrote:Impressive collection of Apple prototypes. Where did you find all these?
Google Images and few other sites.

Yup, thats about right…

I have seen most of these… A bunch were released by frog design…

http://www.flickr.com/groups/apple_prototypes/pool/

this Flikr album has a TON of apple prototypes… And a couple of pages from a Japanese magazine with more cool apple protos…

If you like this kind of stuff, check out the book called AppleDesign… I don't own it, but its awesome…

Someone posted a link to an Apple Collector's iDisk on this Board…

On the iDisk is a Video if the book…

http://www.theapplemuseum.com/index.php?id=45

List of a couple of apple Prototypes

http://www.flickr.com/photos/splorp/with/4288087247/

Some newton stuff

https://www.msu.edu/~luckie/newtgal.htm

More newton stuff

http://www.digibarn.com/

They possess several Apple prototypes…

Those are all I can think of…
None of these are from those sites, except for the photo of the WALT, but that didn't come from the pool of those Apple prototype shots. :P
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Wow! they've got alot of concepts heres a website :P http://www.theapplecollection.com/desig ... to01.shtml
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There are a couple products there that made it to prototype stage. Makes me feel good that I've got my own piece of Macintosh history also (Got a TAM prototype).

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compgeke wrote:There are a couple products there that made it to prototype stage. Makes me feel good that I've got my own piece of Macintosh history also (Got a TAM prototype).
Can you post a picture of it? We'd love to see it. :D
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DarkerJ wrote:
finkmacunix wrote:
DarkerJ wrote:
pizzaboy192 wrote:Impressive collection of Apple prototypes. Where did you find all these?
Google Images and few other sites.

Yup, thats about right…

I have seen most of these… A bunch were released by frog design…

http://www.flickr.com/groups/apple_prototypes/pool/

this Flikr album has a TON of apple prototypes… And a couple of pages from a Japanese magazine with more cool apple protos…

If you like this kind of stuff, check out the book called AppleDesign… I don't own it, but its awesome…

Someone posted a link to an Apple Collector's iDisk on this Board…

On the iDisk is a Video if the book…

http://www.theapplemuseum.com/index.php?id=45

List of a couple of apple Prototypes

http://www.flickr.com/photos/splorp/with/4288087247/

Some newton stuff

https://www.msu.edu/~luckie/newtgal.htm

More newton stuff

http://www.digibarn.com/

They possess several Apple prototypes…

Those are all I can think of…
None of these are from those sites, except for the photo of the WALT, but that didn't come from the pool of those Apple prototype shots. :P

But had you seen these before I posted them?

compgeke posted Pic of his Proto TAM on this forum awhile back…

@compgeke

You should post pics of your TAM on the RetroMacCast forum, I bet they would love to see them…
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finkmacunix wrote:
DarkerJ wrote:
finkmacunix wrote:
DarkerJ wrote:
pizzaboy192 wrote:Impressive collection of Apple prototypes. Where did you find all these?
Google Images and few other sites.

Yup, thats about right…

I have seen most of these… A bunch were released by frog design…

http://www.flickr.com/groups/apple_prototypes/pool/

this Flikr album has a TON of apple prototypes… And a couple of pages from a Japanese magazine with more cool apple protos…

If you like this kind of stuff, check out the book called AppleDesign… I don't own it, but its awesome…

Someone posted a link to an Apple Collector's iDisk on this Board…

On the iDisk is a Video if the book…

http://www.theapplemuseum.com/index.php?id=45

List of a couple of apple Prototypes

http://www.flickr.com/photos/splorp/with/4288087247/

Some newton stuff

https://www.msu.edu/~luckie/newtgal.htm

More newton stuff

http://www.digibarn.com/

They possess several Apple prototypes…

Those are all I can think of…
None of these are from those sites, except for the photo of the WALT, but that didn't come from the pool of those Apple prototype shots. :P

But had you seen these before I posted them?

compgeke posted Pic of his Proto TAM on this forum awhile back…

@compgeke

You should post pics of your TAM on the RetroMacCast forum, I bet they would love to see them…
No I didn't seem them. :P What I want compgeke to do is post that pic here though.
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https://sites.google.com/site/quickkeyb ... -prototype

There are pics there on my old site, mine is an earlier prototype then the ones I've seen on the internet.

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DarkerJ wrote:Image

Wire wrapped prototype Macintosh motherboard.
This makes me cry :cry:

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lucas93 wrote:
DarkerJ wrote:Image

Wire wrapped prototype Macintosh motherboard.
This makes me cry :cry:
Um... why?
compgeke wrote:https://sites.google.com/site/quickkeyb ... -prototype

There are pics there on my old site, mine is an earlier prototype then the ones I've seen on the internet.
Ooh... mostly similar to the final.
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One nice unreleased model was the "Power Express"
The 9700 is a improved 9600 with a G3 and a DVD drive.
In the old XNU source is a bit of code for it left.
I found pictures from one complete tower and one main board.
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z180 wrote:One nice unreleased model was the "Power Express"
The 9700 is a improved 9600 with a G3 and a DVD drive.
In the old XNU source is a bit of code for it left.
I found pictures from one complete tower and one main board.
Hmmm... I remember reading about that. There was also supposed to be a 7700 and 8700, all with G3s.
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I would've loved the 9700 because I read it would've had 12 ram slots and a G3, the perfect Mac OS X Server 1.x machine.

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I REALLY want the Pamona.
It is very nice.

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voyager8907 wrote:I REALLY want the Pamona.
It is very nice.
Me too. Looks nice too. :)
compgeke wrote:I would've loved the 9700 because I read it would've had 12 ram slots and a G3, the perfect Mac OS X Server 1.x machine.
Certainly. I wonder how big the hard drive was supposed to be though... 10 GB or 15 GB maybe?
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DarkerJ wrote: Image

The Apple Pomona. Could of lead to the design of the TAM and the modern day iMac.


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Another design that may have also lead to the TAM. There also seems to be a wireless keyboard.
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Apple ATM anyone?
Would do anything for these two.

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voyager8907 wrote:
DarkerJ wrote: Image

The Apple Pomona. Could of lead to the design of the TAM and the modern day iMac.


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Another design that may have also lead to the TAM. There also seems to be a wireless keyboard.
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Apple ATM anyone?
Would do anything for these two.
I would of loved to have the Workbench.
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z180 wrote:the only known complete 9700:
http://www.digibarn.com/collections/sys ... erexpress/
Wow... I didn't think anyone had a one of those prototypes. If there's another prototype out there, tis' mine!
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