The Visual Evolution of the Mac Pro


Apple has come a long way since its first modular desktop, the Macintosh II, which was introduced in 1987. The designs underwent radical changes after the return of Steve Jobs in 1997. The first Mac Pro was born in 2006; however, in 2013 Apple introduced a complete redesign. Now available in a unique cylinder form factor, the Mac Pro stands just under 10 inches tall, and just over 6.5 inches in diameter. Its smaller footprint allows users to place them directly on their desks, while still providing next-gen components to usher in emerging technologies, such as 4K. Come see how Mac desktops have evolved over the years.

Editor's Note: This post was written by William Min


Please note: This list just focuses on larger modular Macintosh desktop computers. All-in-ones and mini desktop computers are not included. Also, this is by no means a complete list of every Macintosh desktop computer, just a visual journey.

Image credits:

  • Macintosh II image by Alexander Schaeliss, licensed under GNU Free Documentation
  • Macintosh IIx, IIfx, and Quadra 800 images from All About Apple, licensed under Creative Commons
  • Macintosh IIci, Quadra 700 and Centris 650 images by Ben Boldt, public domain
  • Macintosh IIsi, Quadra 950, Quadra 605, Power Macintosh 8100, and Power Macintosh 7220 images by Danamania, licensed under Creative Commons
  • Macintosh Quadra 840AV image by Silversword31, licensed under GNU LGPL
  • Power Macintosh G3 image from Klodo6975, public domain
  • Power Mac G4 Graphite image by Bluedawe, public domain
  • Power Mac G4 Quicksilver image by baku13, licensed under GNU Free Documentation


And Now we have a mac pro that you no longer can upgrade to meet your demands. 

Don't forget about the mirror door g4.