|An Homage to the "White Plastic" Generation|
In the early 90s, Apple computers, for the most part, looked just like the "beige boxes" of their competitors. Following Steve Jobs return to Apple the design aesthetic became very colorful, almost whimsical.
Designs included bright pastel colors and translucent plastic. Multiple colors were available. Although more interesting than other computers at the time, I was never a huge fan of this design. Though interesting, it wasn't as elegant as Apple's later designs.
The iMac G4 ushered in the new polycarbonite white design for computers (likely taking cues from the newly released iPod). Although I love the design of the iMac G4, I also loved the G5. That's why I am using that design as my second display. They were simple and clean. Their industrial design still looks "futuristic" despite the fact that they are several years old. They were both radical designs for computers back in the day. LCD all-in-ones really didn't exist. The iBook to Macbook followed this design aesthetic despite the addition of unibody construction and the glass trackpad.
As the line between consumer and professional products becomes more and more blurry - traditionally "higher end" materials such as aluminum and glass have now become standard across Apple's entire product line - even the "low end" mac mini is aluminum. I love the newer designs and think the Macbook Air in particular is extraordinary. However, if this is the end of the white macbook it is a little bittersweet for me as it marks the end of an era.
|Courtesy of iTechSoup|