I know it's an old chestnut, I'm sure, but I'd just like to get an idea of which machines are the most loved and what makes them so...call me nosey, but I find that sort of thing interesting, after all how many people can you think of that would have the same discussion reminiscing about PCs they have owned?
To start off, my favourite Apple Macs are:
1) The Macintosh Classic - first Mac I ever got my grubby mitts on (in, I believe, PC World Croydon way back when - 1992-ish).
2) The Mac LC with 13" colour screen - it was sat next to the Classic, I loved the screen, the speed (hey I was used to a 12Mhz 286!) and the look and feel of the machine. It was, however, way out of my price bracket.
3) The Macintosh IIfx - part of my shaping into a Mac nerd was a visit to the Evening Standard in, I think, 1992. DTP had only just taken over the print world and my Computer Studies class were given a tour of the whole place, including the layout and artwork section. Seeing a Macintosh IIfx running Quark made me want to do stuff like that for a living - I aced the DTP section of my course, even if I had to use Aldus PageMaker on an RM Nimbus PC at school... I'd love to have one of these, but I think I'd get murdered by my wife, as I've already got my eye on half a dozen other machines.
4) The iMac. I love my Blue Dalmation, but I'd have loved to get the specification in the Tangerine colour. Frankly, it made computing cool and it matched the dotcom boom perfectly. An awesome piece of kit.
5) The Pismo. Best laptop ever. Period
6) The iBook G3 (clamshell) - a great piece of consumer design that actually thought about how kids and students would use it. I'd buy one tomorrow if I could get the speed of my Pismo in the case.
7) Power Mac G4 400 AGP. The first Mac I got to own, a real workhorse and it never missed a beat. My mother has it now, but it formed the backbone of a business for five years and it was amazing for video work, when the huge Intel machine that was supposed to replace it kept crashing or putting artefacts into the video. Easy to work on, easy to work with and attractive on the desk - what more can I say?
8) Power Mac G5 - I love the design, I love the speed and the expandability and I love the fact it's still a PowerPC and thus can still run Classic. The MacPro leaves me cold somehow.
10) Mac Portable - I know it's seen as a joke, but in the days when companies like Colossus were stuffing 8086 PCs with tiny amber screens into a suitcase and calling them "portable", the Mac Portable offered good ergonomics, a crisp display and little or no compromise when compared to the desktop. Yes, it wasn't a laptop, but the idea was that it was luggable from car to airport to car to office, where it would be set up on a board room table, or suchlike.
11) Powerbook Duo/Duo Dock - a great concept, if a little underpowered when it came out. I'd like to see this concept revisited with a tablet/laptop hybrid and a dock/screen combo that would replace the iMac. You could use the tablet like a Wacom Cintiq tablet and take it with you to meetings...
Enough about my favourites - what are yours?