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Thirty years of the Macintosh

Updated 5:05 PM ET, Tue March 24, 2015
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The late Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple, introduces the all-new flat-panel iMac computer at the Macworld Expo in January 2002. In this gallery, we take a look at some of the many faces of the iconic machine. Getty Images
Apple's first Macintosh desktop computer was introduced by Steve Jobs on January 24, 1984. Apic/Getty Images
Jobs poses in 1984 with a room full of original Macintoshes. The machine packed 128K of memory -- tiny by today's standards -- and sold for $2,495. Michael L Abramson/Getty Images
Released September 20, 1989, the Macintosh IIci featured the revamped, compact design of the second wave of Macs. It was one of the most popular Macs ever, continuing to sell until it was discontinued in 1993. courtesy Jonathan Zufi
Released in 1993, the Macintosh Color Classic II was an iteration of Apple's first color compact computer. With a look that harked back to the original Macs, the Color Classic shipped with the trademark Apple keyboard and mouse. The II, which packed double the RAM and speed, was released in Japan, Canada and elsewhere, but not the United States. courtesy Jonathan Zufi
You can't win 'em all. The Macintosh TV, released in 1993, was Apple's first effort at television-computer integration. It was black, a departure from the usual Mac look, with a 14-inch screen. Only about 10,000 were made, though, before it was discontinued in February 1994. courtesy Jonathan Zufi
1994's Power Macintosh 6100 was the first Mac to use the new Power PC processor built by IBM and Motorola. The first computer to run Apple's Mac OS9 operating system, it came in what came to be known as the "pizza box" design. courtesy Jonathan Zufi
Sold to mark Apple's 20 years in existence, the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh sold in 1996 for $7,495. It featured metallic gold-green paint and was one of the first computers to include an LCD display. courtesy Jonathan Zufi
The B&W (Blue and White) version followed a more traditional beige Power Mac G3 in 1999. While it shared a name and processor with the previous version, little else was the same. courtesy Jonathan Zufi
The iMac G3 line featured a variety of designs and colors, using translucent and colored plastics. In addition to colors like Tangerine, Blueberry and Grape, Apple offered this "flower power" version (derided as one of Apple's ugliest products). courtesy Jonathan Zufi
Steve Jobs introduces the new Power Mac G4 computer in San Francisco in 1999. Getty Images
Another member of the iMac G3 family, 1999's DV stood for "digital video." courtesy Jonathan Zufi
This 2000 computer's boxy design was a throwback to the NeXt device that Steve Jobs worked on during his hiatus from Apple. Designed by Apple's Jony Ive, there's a G4 in New York's Museum of Modern Art. courtesy Jonathan Zufi
Short for "education Mac," the eMac was originally intended to be marketed to schools, but was later offered in wider release. courtesy Jonathan Zufi
PowerMac G5 was Apple's name for its first 64-bit computer, which featured IBM's PowerPC G5 CPU. It was easily Apple's most powerful computer to date. courtesy Jonathan Zufi
Jobs opens the Apple Worldwide Developers conference in June 2005 while using a Mac G5 with an Intel processing chip. In the presentation Jobs announces that Apple will be switching from IBM to Intel for its processing chip. David Paul Morris/Getty Images
A new Apple Mac Pro desktop computer is displayed at the 2006 Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
People check out the new iMac and wireless keyboard after Jobs introduced new versions of the iMac and iLife applications on August 7, 2007. David Paul Morris/Getty Images
By the mid-2000s, Macs were increasingly laptops instead of desktops. Here Jobs holds up the new MacBook Air after a keynote speech kicking off the 2008 Macworld conference in San Francisco. David Paul Morris/Getty Images
Released in December 2013, the new Mac Pro is Apple's high-end workhorse computer for users with intense graphic and video needs. It's a silver and black cylinder that stands 10 inches tall. courtesy apple
Today's Mac has come a long way from its beige, boxy and black-and-white beginnings. Here is a recent iMac with a 27-inch monitor. courtesy apple