Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Aug 2009 19:37 UTC
Apple Using his blue box, Steve Wozniak once called the Vatican (for free), and, imitating Henry Kissinger's voice, asked if he could speak with the pope. The pope turned out to be asleep. Wozniak pulled these pranks together with Steve Jobs, with whom he'd found Apple computer not long after. Oh, how the times have changed. How can a company with its roots in phreaking, pranks, and home-made computing end up the way it is today?
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Wacky Colors Yes, Cube No
by Drumhellar on Wed 5th Aug 2009 20:20 UTC
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Apple should at least have their smaller Mac Books available in the same colors as their iPods, but maybe not the Pros, since they are, I don't know, more classy or something.

I think part of the reason for the transition was the fact that the ghost-white (or whatever it was called) and the graphite color options for the plastic iMacs were far more popular color options than the colorful ones at the same price. I know generally the graphite ones were spec'd higher, but for a little while there was some overlap.

And, I have to disagree with JoshB. The Cube didn't become the Mac Mini. They are far different beasts.

The mini is a far more conventional design, while the cube was not. Besides the lack of screen, there is little to differentiate the Mini from a laptop.
Meanwhile, the Cube contained an AGP slot that was accessible, and there was even a good third-party Radeon card that could fit in there that was quite a bit faster than what Apple offered. It was also available in dual-processor options (Not dual-core. This had two sockets in it) The cube was an feat of engineering, and it was also very expensive.

And, as for imperfections are what makes something memorable, while frequently true, I don't think it is so for the Cube. That was a wonderful design, but the hairline stress fractures that frequently appeared in the outer acrylic shell marred it's otherwise elegant design. Those were imperfections that seriously detracted from the design.

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RE: Wacky Colors Yes, Cube No
by JoshB on Wed 5th Aug 2009 20:26 in reply to "Wacky Colors Yes, Cube No"
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You make a good point about the ability to expand the cube, and about it's price point. The two products do target different slightly different niches, but both also fulfilled the "headless mac that isn't a mac pro" role.

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