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Wild Apples: The 12 Weirdest and Rarest Macs Ever Made

Wild Apples: The 12 Weirdest and Rarest Macs Ever Made

Forty years ago today, Apple released the first Macintosh. Since then, Apple has released hundreds of Mac models, some of which are considered strange and unusual. In celebration of the Macintosh’s 40th anniversary, we have compiled a list of the rarest and most unique Mac models ever made. These machines showcase Apple’s innovative spirit and willingness to experiment with design and functionality.

One of the standout Mac models is the Macintosh XL, which started as the Apple Lisa 2. The Macintosh XL was created to clear out unsold Lisa 2 inventory by bundling it with MacWorks XL, a program that allowed the Lisa to run Macintosh software. Despite being a “hackintosh,” the Macintosh XL featured a 12-inch monitor, up to 2MB of RAM, and a 10MB internal hard disk. The entire run of Macintosh XL units sold out within five months of its release.

Another notable Mac model is the Macintosh Portable, released in 1989. The Macintosh Portable was a battery-powered clamshell machine with a 640×400 monochrome active matrix LCD display. While it had a modular design and upgradable memory, it didn’t sell as well as Apple had hoped due to its large size and weight.

Other unique Mac models on the list include the Macintosh TV, a combination of a Macintosh and a television; the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh, a limited edition Mac with a unique design; and the PowerBook 2400c, a compact and lightweight laptop.

These rare and unusual Mac models highlight Apple’s willingness to take risks and push the boundaries of technology. While opinions may vary on what is considered “weird,” these Macs undoubtedly left their mark on Apple’s history. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Macintosh, let us reflect on the impact this iconic device has had on our lives.