20 Macs for 2020

20 Macs for 2020

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Jason Snell and a collection of long-time Mac watchers count down Jason’s list of the 20 most notable Macs of all time, one per week. Hosted by Jason Snell.


7: Mac mini (#14)
Sep 18 • 12 min
The popularity of the iPod led Apple to create a Mac designed specifically to tempt people to switch from Windows. It didn’t go as planned, but the result was a Mac model that’s been with us for fifteen years and counting.
6: DayStar Genesis MP (#15)
Sep 11 • 16 min
One of the most important developments in the history of the Mac was not created in Cupertino, but by a Mac clonemaker in a tiny town in Georgia.
5: Blue and White Power Mac G3 (#16)
Sep 4 • 16 min
Professionals were dragged out of their beige towers by an iMac-inspired Power Mac that featured a drop-down door, big plastic handles, and a raft of new technologies.
4: PowerBook 500 and 5300 (#17)
Aug 28 • 13 min
Apple follows up its groundbreaking original PowerBooks with a new set of laptops that ushered in perhaps the ugliest period in Apple laptop history.
3: Xserve (#18)
Aug 21 • 13 min
Apple had made numerous attempts to sell server hardware, including a strange non-Mac server that Steve Jobs likened to a bizarre dream. But in the early 2000s, Jobs decided to take another crack at it, and vowed that this time things would be different.
2: PowerBook Duo (#19)
Aug 14 • 13 min
The very first time Apple made a laptop that compromised in numerous ways, all in the question of being as thin and light as possible.
1: Power Mac G5 (#20)
Aug 7 • 21 min
The classic “cheese grater” design of the Power Mac G5 influences the design of the modern Mac Pro, and also represents (in the worst way) the last time Apple embarked on a chip transition.
0: Introduction
Aug 3 • 2 min
Jason Snell introduces 20 Macs for 2020, a project that will count down his list of the 20 most notable Macs of all time, one per week, with a little help from his friends.