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The Apple Tree: 35 Years of Apple Product Design [Infographic]

Whether or not you’re an Apple fan, this family tree of the last 35 of Apple products is an interesting look at the way computing and portable electronics have evolved.

At Mashable they share a well executed product family tree that starts in 1976 with the Apple I and finishes in 2011 with the iPad 2. Hit up the link below for the full infographic. Can you name all the products?

Apple Product Design: 35 Years of Consumer Electronics [Mashable]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/19/11

Comments (5)

  1. GeekE

    A friend once told me they worked at Xerox in the 70’s and the firm was all about selling copiers to companies around the globe. Copiers, copiers, copiers.

    But back at HQ they had laser printers, desktop computers and one other product I can’t recall at this time.

    It seems the Head of Technology went on a 2 week vacation. During their absence, tours of the company had occurred (I am uncertain if this was standard operating procedure or not). Upon return from vacation, the Head of Technology got infuriated when it was revealed that their tech department had some tours during the 2 week period. On the list of people touring was Steve Jobs.

    Within 1 year the first Apple computer hit the market. The rest, is history as they say.

  2. lodger

    Not quite true. Do some research.

  3. Frembler

    That’s the same i read in a book about Steve Jobs called “Innovation : 7 secrets of Steve Jobs” .
    Apparently Steve Jobs got the idea for a graphical interface for the user from Xerox during his tour.

  4. de W

    I worked on that very self same Xerox machine. I think it was called an Apollo? Can’t remember. It had a great graphical interface but was geared to document storage if I remember correctly

  5. GeekE

    Apparently it was named ALTO, released in 1973. Here is a WikiMedia Commons pic link: The WikiPedia article link explains what Xerox was doing at the time:

    The Apple I debuted in Apr76. It looks more like an OAK, than an apple. Here is a WM Commons pic link: The supporting WikiPedia article link is:

    Apple II came along in 1977 and it had morphed into something like the ALTO. Here is a WM Commons pic link: The WikiPedia article link is:

    Brilliant beings … all of them.

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