This Mac OS 8 Demo Tour CD is in its original cardboard envelope packaging. It contains a single CD that touts Mac OS 8’s “Performance, Ease of use, Internet, Multimedia, Compatibility, Information, Personalization, and Dependability.”
This CD Contains all the files and applications to deliver a Mac OS 8 Demo experience. Upon inserting the CD-ROM, the user is presented with a Mac OS 8 graphic and three icons: Mac OS 8 Demo Read me QuickTime 2.5
Double-clicking the Mac OS 8 Demo icon would launch the demo file. Double-clicking “Read me” would open the SimpleText application and provide directions on how to use the Demo application and list the system requirements of the Demo. The QuickTime 2.5 folder contained an installer for QuickTime 2.5, in case the Macintosh had an earlier version installed. Created in 1991, QuickTime is the multimedia framework developed by Apple to handle various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity.
This collection of CDs include original cardboard packaging with each package containing 1–3 CD-ROM discs. Each CD package is titled “The Apple Sales and Marketing Resource Library” and features a color photo of an Apple computer. Each package is also dated.
The CD contents include:
November 1998 (1 CD) Pictured: Power Macintosh G3 (beige desktop) with keyboard, mouse, and monitor CD 1 Interop Seminar Materials Apple Loan Reseller Sign Up Mac OS 8.5 Interactive Demo Mac OS 8.5 Data Sheet & FAQ “e-mail” and “Beige” Commercials PowerBook G3 Overview & FAQ PowerBook G3 Sales Pres USB Sales Fact Sheet & Pres Apple Commercial Credit New/Revised Data Sheets
January 1999 (3 CDs) Pictured: Macintosh Server G3 (tower) CD 1 Tales of the iMac “Hal” Commercial Publishing Market Guide MacWorld Product Intro Materials New Product Presentations New Product Photography Mac Products Guide Data Sheet Library CD 2 Creator2 In Concert SFX Machine Conflict Catcher Mac OS 8.5.1 Update fusion EFFECTS Unity DS-1 Retro AS-1 ReBirth 4D V6 CD 3 (Apple PowerSales) SAP New Apple Products (MacWorld) Jeff Hansen
April 1999 (2 CDs) Pictured: G3 Tower (blue and white) CD 1 PowerSales Apr 1999 Gistics AppleScript ROI Rpt Ed ANAT Volume Lic. Promo AMA/Enhancing the Workflow Small Business and iMac Presentation PM G3 AV for Education Data Sheet Power Macintosh G3 Poster Pfeiffer Technology Report PowerBook Ad Slicks Mac OS X Server Material (and more) CD 2 Myth II: Soulblighter Dark Vengeance Demo Hoyle Card Games Demo 3D Ultra NASCAR® Pinball Quest For Glory V: Dragon Fire M.Y.O.B. Trial Version 8 Lode Runner 2 Demo Civilization II Demo AppleWorks 5 (and more)
August 1999 (1 CD) Pictured: iBook (blueberry) CD 1 QuickTime 4 [Resource Library CDs appear to be lost]
The 3.5-inch floppy disk was used in the very first Macintosh computer in 1984 after its initial introduction by Sony in 1981. By 1992 the format had evolved several times and was used as a relatively inexpensive and reliable way to share digital files before the Internet. At the time, the CD-ROM was gaining popularity, but most users had access to 3.5-inch floppy drives.
This Macintosh Educational Software Guide from 1992 contains a compressed HyperCard Stack.
HyperCard was a software application and development kit for Apple computers that allowed users to create and/or read hypermedia documents, a format that was used before the World Wide Web. The system was developed and used extensively between 1987 and 1994, and retired in 2004.
According to its accompanying envelope—found digitally, but not a part of my collection:
The “MacEduGuide ’92” compressed HyperCard stack on this floppy disk includes information about more than 1,300 software programs for students, teachers, and administrators in K-12 schools. Each product listing includes the following information:
Publisher’s name, address, and phone number
Education pricing (when available)
Additional items included with the software
Product review citations in educational software journals
Publisher’s policies (copy protection, site licensing, 90-day free trial, and so on)
The special features of this stack allow you to search for information using any combination of elements: title, publisher, subject and topic, specific grade or grade range, and system requirements.
You can print any or all of the product lists and product information. The “mailer” button that appears with each product description allows you to print a letter to the publisher requesting additional information.
Further, the HyperCard Stack was compressed using the .sea compression method popular at the time for Macintosh computers. While Windows primarily used .zip for compression, Apple used .sea (Self Extracting Archive). The format was built into the Macintosh Operating System at the time and did not require a “helper app” to open and decompress the file.
This large, full-color brochure measures 11×17 inches and folds out into a 2-up layout with a total measurement of 22×17 inches. The brochure was provided to Apple Education customers and explains how iWork ’08 and iLife ’08 could be used in the classroom.
The cover includes three students using white MacBook notebooks with USB science probes in a classroom. Upon opening the brochure, the first spread is a striking photo of a teacher working with a student with an all-black facing page with white text (in the then-current Apple Myriad font). The text reads:
“There has never been a more exciting time to be an educator, because there have never been so many creative ways to connect with students. When you bring movies, music, and photography into the classroom, amazing things happen. Core subjects come to life; students are more inspired to communicate and collaborate; and without even realizing it, they get an enormous head start with 21st-century skills. We believe that creativity is the key to unlocking every child’s genius, and that media-rich learning is the key to greater creativity. The time has come to reimagine what’s possible, and to redefine our expectations. Rethink.”
The center, 2-page spread is on an all-white background and outlines six features of iLife ’08 pictured along with a white MacBook. The text reads:
“Grab their attention, and don’t let go: Introducing iLife ’08. Incredibly easy tools for incredibly amazing schoolwork. Meet iLife ’08, a fully integrated suite of digital authoring tools—iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb and iDVD. Together, they let students create amazing projects such as photo books, slideshows, documentary movies, podcasts, music, and more. The tools all work together beautifully and couldn’t be more intuitive: learn just one, and you’ll soon master them all. iLife ’08 is simple enough to build confidence in kindergartners, yet powerful enough to engage the most media-savvy high schoolers—not to mention teachers and parents…”
The third and final spread, also on an all-white background, features iWork ’08 and a photo of a silver iMac. Its text reads:
“Productivity has a new best friend: Introducing iWork ’08. Simple, powerful tools that teach students real-world skills. Meet Keynote, Pages, and Numbers- otherwise known as iWork ’08. Whether you want to create cinema-quality presentations, exciting reports, or visually compelling spreadsheets, iWork ’08 themes give you a giant head start. Even the most dynamic features-from charts to movies to animation-can be added to projects in a flash, and you can easily import from and export to Microsoft Office and AppleWorks…”
The back of the brochure uses the headline “Inspiration enclosed.” It features product boxes of iWork ’08 and iLife ’08 and includes Site License pricing and contact information.
This brochure was sent to education customers and had purple/violet space-themed cover art that resembled the Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) default wallpaper. It had the text: “The future has already arrived at www.apple.com/education/hslabs.” The text is printed in Apple Myriad, Apple’s corporate font used at the time.
The back of the mailing is all white and included address and postal information. The folded piece measures 8.5 x 14.25 inches.
The bottom of the mailing includes the following text:
The iPad Generation 9 was released on September 14, 2021. Apple described the device: “The 10.2-inch iPad features A13 Bionic, Center Stage, True Tone, and now starts with double the storage, all at an incredible value.”
This packaging is from a 10-pack education purchase. It is the same envelope-like container that is included with a single iPad in retail packaging, but only one is included in a bulk 10-pack purchase. The items include the following (all measuring 4 3/16 x 6.75 inches): Cardboard envelope 4-color pamphlet (the inside briefly describes features including Apple Pencil, Top Button, Touch ID, Lightning Connector, Control Center, and Dock and App Switcher; the back describes the Smart Connector and Tips app) 2-sided regulatory sheet Apple stickers (2 white stickers on one sheet)
For the past few years I have been photographing and cataloging my Apple Collection and posting on this blog. The exercise has allowed me to both showcase and inventory my collection. Occasionally, such as in this case, I discover a detail I’ve neither seen nor heard in another source.
I recently acquired several new Apple Watch bands of different types. Among them, I decided to splurge on my very first (and likely last) Apple Watch Hermès item for my collection—the Apple Watch Hermès 45 mm Navy Single Tour Band. Having never unboxed or photographed an Apple/Hermès product, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Typical Apple Watch bands (and Apple Watch Nike bands) arrive in a white (or black) cardboard box with a detailed illustration on the front showing the band’s design. The box can be opened by pulling the green arrow icon to break the tape seal, and the box opens at the side. A tabbed, folded insert is then slid out, and when unfolded, the band is held in place by die-cut cardboard. Instructions are printed on the cardboard insert for putting the band on an Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch Hermès packaging is decidedly more posh. The outside of the box is covered in a clear plastic wrap similar to the wrap on some Apple product boxes (such as the original HomePod and the iPad Pro). The plastic includes a tab with a white arrow to indicate which way to peel off the outer protective layer. Under the plastic, the orange Hermès box is sturdy, heavy, and textured. The lid of the box lifts off, and this is where my surprise began.
Inside, the Apple Watch Hermès band is not in cardboard, but enrobed in a luxurious microfiber pouch with a familiar texture and configuration. I removed the cloth pouch from the box and opened it to find that one side contained cardboard and paper inserts with information, and the other side was divided in half with each side containing one piece of the watch band.
Upon closer inspection, the pouch appears to be made from the same material as the now famous Apple Polishing Cloth, the $19 cloth that enjoyed about a month of media hype in 2021. Apple had begun selling the Polishing Cloth as an accessory and the cloth quickly went out of stock due to apparently high demand. You can read more about this story here. In addition to the similar look and feel of the material, the edge construction of the pouch also appears identical to the Apple Polishing Cloth. While the Apple/Hermès logotype appears to be both embossed and printed with brown ink, the Apple logo on the Apple Polishing Cloth is only embossed.
The colors of the two items are different—the Apple Polishing Cloth is light gray, while the Apple Watch Hermès pouch is a shade of greige (gray+beige). The two materials feel identical to the touch, both in the cloth area and in the more dense edges that are presumably joined by an adhesive and pressure to create a finished look and feel with edges rounded in Bézier curves.
As a result of this unboxing and photo session, I believe that I identified Apple’s signal for their truly high-end products—the presence of Apple’s “luxury microfiber.” See my Apple Watch Hermès band blog entry here. If anyone has additional information about this microfiber material or has seen it used in other Apple products, please contact me!
Post Script: As I suspected, the French-made Apple Watch Hermès Single Tour Band does not fit my American-made wrist. This is far from a tragedy, as I am happy to have this one example for my collection. Just do not expect to see me wearing my Hermès band on the yacht, at the country club, or in the stables.*
*Please note that do not I engage in these activities.
About 100 days ago on December 13, 2019, I started an Instagram series called 100 Apple Devices. The series consisted of one post per day of an Apple device for 100 days, posted chronologically. Each post was an original photo, and the first comment included the name of the device, a minimal (and parenthetical) amount of clarifying information, and the number in my series. For example:
Macintosh (original, 1984). 100 Apple Devices, Number 1
For the purposes of my posts, I defined an “Apple Device” as a physical object made by Apple that is self-powered and functions on its own to fulfill a particular purpose, without major dependencies on other equipment. Further, the devices I included have at least one independent power supply (AC power and/or battery) and a processor. With this definition, I considered computers, laptops, displays, music players, phones, speaker systems, and watches as “devices.”
Since I was asked more than once—yes—I own all of these devices, and I captured all the photos in the series. I began documenting my collection back in 2018 and these are photos from my Apple Collection blog. While my blog contains several photos of each device in a single blog entry, my Instagram series features just one representative photo of each selected device.
So what’s next? Beginning tomorrow, I will present 100 Apple Accessories on Instagram!
What’s the difference between a device and an accessory, you might ask? My definition of an “Apple Accessory” is a physical object made by Apple that is dependent upon another device to fulfill its purpose. Without spoiling too many surprises, one example of an Apple Accessory is the Apple USB mouse (1998)—it is a classic Apple design and it requires a computer to fulfill its purpose. Like the Apple USB mouse, most accessories will not have a power source or processor (although there may be a few exceptions).
Since some of my Apple Accessories are obscure, I will also include a description with each item in the series. I will begin the series of accessories in 1984 with the release of the original Macintosh.
Finally, here is the complete list of the previous 100 Apple Devices series with the date the device was posted on Instagram:
Macintosh (original, 1984). 100 Apple Devices, Number 1 – 12-13-19
Macintosh SE/30 (1989). 100 Apple Devices, Number 2 – 12-14-19
Macintosh Classic (1990). 100 Apple Devices, Number 3 – 12-16-19
PowerBook 140 (1991). 100 Apple Devices, Number 4 – 12-17-19
PowerBook 180 (1992). 100 Apple Devices, Number 5 – 12-18-19
Macintosh Performa 200 (1992). 100 Apple Devices, Number 6 – 12-19-19
Macintosh TV (1993). 100 Apple Devices, Number 7 – 12-20-19
PowerCD (1993). 100 Apple Devices, Number 8 – 12-21-19
PowerBook 165c (1993). 100 Apple Devices, Number 9 – 12-22-19
Macintosh Color Classic (1993). 100 Apple Devices, Number 10 – 12-23-19
AppleDesign Powered Speakers (1993). 100 Apple Devices, Number 11 – 12-24-19
AppleDesign Powered Speakers II (1993). 100 Apple Devices, Number 12 – 12-25-19
PowerBook 520 (1994). 100 Apple Devices, Number 13 – 12-26-19
PowerBook 520c (1994). 100 Apple Devices, Number 14 – 12-27-19
QuickTake 150 (1995). 100 Apple Devices, Number 15 – 12-28-19
PowerBook 540 (1994). 100 Apple Devices, Number 16 – 12-29-19
PowerBook 1400c/117 (1996). 100 Apple Devices, Number 17 – 12-30-19
PowerBook 3400c/200 (1997). 100 Apple Devices, Number 18 – 12-31-19
PowerBook 1400cs/133 (1997). 100 Apple Devices, Number 19 – 1-1-20
eMate 300 (1997). 100 Apple Devices, Number 20 – 1-2-19
Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (1997). 100 Apple Devices, Number 21 – 1-3-20
PowerBook G3 Series (233 MHz, “Wallstreet,” 1998). 100 Apple Devices, Number 22 – 1-4-20
Studio Display (original, graphite, 1998). 100 Apple Devices, Number 23 – 1-5-20
iMac G3/233 (original, Bondi blue, 1998). 100 Apple Devices, Number 24 – 1-6-20
iMac G3/333 (blueberry, 1999). 100 Apple Devices, Number 25 – 1-7-19
iBook G3/300 (original, blueberry, 1999). 100 Apple Devices, Number 26 – 1-8-19
iBook G3/300 (original, tangerine, 1999). 100 Apple Devices, Number 27 – 1-9-20
AirPort Base Station (original, 1999). 100 Apple Devices, Number 28 – 1-10-20
PowerBook G3 (400 MHz, “Lombard,” 1999). 100 Apple Devices, Number 29 – 1-11-20
iMac G3/266 (grape, 1999). 100 Apple Devices, Number 30 – 1-12-20
iMac G3/333 (strawberry, 1999). 100 Apple Devices, Number 31 – 1-13-20
iBook G3/366 SE (graphite, 2000). 100 Apple Devices, Number 32 – 1-14-20
iBook G3/366 (indigo, 2000). 100 Apple Devices, Number 33 – 1-15-20
iBook G3/366 (key lime, 2000). 100 Apple Devices, Number 34 – 1-16-20
PowerBook G3 (500 MHz, Pismo, 2000). 100 Apple Devices, Number 35 – 1-17-20
iMac G3/350 (indigo, Summer 2000). 100 Apple Devices, Number 36 – 1-18-20
iMac G3/500 DV SE (graphite, Summer 2000). 100 Apple Devices, Number 37 – 1-19-20
Power Mac G4 Cube (450 MHz, 2000). 100 Apple Devices, Number 38 1-20-20
iPod (original, 2001). 100 Apple Devices, Number 39 – 1-21-20
iMac G3/600 (snow, Summer 2001). 100 Apple Devices, Number 40 – 1-23-20
iBook G3/500 (Dual USB, translucent white, 2001). 100 Apple Devices, Number 41 – 1-24-20
iPod (Generation 2, 2002). 100 Apple Devices, Number 42 – 1-25-20
iMac G4/700 (15-inch, flat panel, 2002). 100 Apple Devices, Number 43 – 1-26-20
eMac (2003). 100 Apple Devices, Number 44
iBook G3/900 (Early 2003). 100 Apple Devices, Number 45
PowerBook G4 (1.33 GHz, 17-inch, 2003). 100 Apple Devices, Number 46 – 1-29-20
iMac G4/1.25 (20-inch, 2003). 100 Apple Devices, Number 47 – 1-30-20
AirPort Extreme Base Station (original, 2003). 100 Apple Devices, Number 48 – 1-31-20
iPod (Generation 3, 40 GB, 2004). 100 Apple Devices, Number 49 – 2-1-20
iPod U2 Special Edition (Generation 4, 20 GB, 2004). 100 Apple Devices, Number 50 – 2-2-20
PowerBook G4 (1.33 GHz, 12-inch, 2004). 100 Apple Devices, Number 51 – 2-3-20
iPod shuffle (original, 512 MB, 2005). 100 Apple Devices, Number 52 – 2-4-20
iPod nano (original, 4 GB, white, 2005). 100 Apple Devices, Number 53 – 2-5-20
iMac G5 (2.0 GHz, 20-inch, 2005). 100 Apple Devices, Number 54 – 2-6-20
Mac mini G4 (2005). 100 Apple Devices, Number 55 – 2-7-20
iBook G4 (Mid-2005). 100 Apple Devices, Number 56
iPod nano (Generation 2, 4 GB, green, 2006). 100 Apple Devices, Number 57 – 2-9-20
iPod Hi-Fi (2006). 100 Apple Devices, Number 58 – 2-10-20
iPod nano (Generation 2, 8 GB, black, 2006). 100 Apple Devices, Number 59 – 2-11-20
iMac (Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz, 17-inch, 2006). 100 Apple Devices, Number 60 – 2-12-20
iPod shuffle (Generation 2, 1 GB, orange, 2007). 100 Apple Devices, Number 61 – 2-13-20
iPod nano (Generation 3, 8 GB, red, 2007). 100 Apple Devices, Number 62 – 2-14-20
iPhone (original, 16 GB, 2007). 100 Apple Devices, Number 63 – 2-15-20
iPod classic (Generation 6, 80 GB, black, 2007). 100 Apple Devices, Number 64 – 2-16-20
Mac mini (Core 2 Duo, 2007). 100 Apple Devices, Number 65 – 2-17-20
iMac (Core 2 Duo, 20-inch, 2007). 100 Apple Devices, Number 66 – 2-18-20
AirPort Extreme Base Station (Generation 2, 2007). 100 Apple Devices, Number 67 – 2-19-20
iPhone 3G (16 GB, 2008). 100 Apple Devices, Number 68 – 2-20-20
MacBook (black, 2008). 100 Apple Devices, Number 69 – 2-21-20
iPod touch (Generation 2, 8 GB, 2008). 100 Apple Devices, Number 70 – 2-22-20
iPod nano (Generation 4, 8 GB, blue, 2008). 100 Apple Devices, Number 71 – 2-23-20
iPod classic (Generation 7, 120 GB, silver, Late 2008). 100 Apple Devices, Number 72 – 2-24-20
iPod nano (Generation 5, 16 GB, blue, 2009). 100 Apple Devices, Number 73 – 2-25-20
iPhone 3GS (16 GB, black, 2009). 100 Apple Devices, Number 74 – 2-26-20
MacBook (white, 2009). 100 Apple Devices, Number 75 – 2-27-20
iPod shuffle (Generation 3, 4 GB, stainless steel, 2009). 100 Apple Devices, Number 76 – 2-28-20
iMac (Core 2 Duo, 24-inch, 2009). 100 Apple Devices, Number 77 – 2-29-20
iPod shuffle (Generation 4, 2 GB, blue, 2010). 100 Apple Devices, Number 78 – 3-1-20
iPod nano (Generation 6, 8 GB, 2010). 100 Apple Devices, Number 79 – 3-2-20
iPhone 4 (2010). 100 Apple Devices, Number 80 – 3-3-20
iPad (original, 3G, 16 GB, 2010). 100 Apple Devices, Number 81 – 3-4-20
Apple TV (Generation 2, 2010). 100 Apple Devices, Number 82 – 3-5-20
iPhone 4s (white, 2011). 100 Apple Devices, Number 83 – 3-6-20
iPhone 5 (2012). 100 Apple Devices, Number 84 – 3-7-20
iPad mini (original, Wi-Fi ,16 GB, space gray, 2012). 100 Apple Devices, Number 85 – 3-8-20
iPad (Generation 3, cellular, 32 GB, white, 2012). 100 Apple Devices, Number 86 – 3-9-20
AirPort Express (802.11n, Generation 2, 2012). 100 Apple Devices, Number 87 – 3-10-20
iPad mini (Generation 2, 16 GB, black, 2013). 100 Apple Devices, Number 88 – 3-11-20
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid-2013). 100 Apple Devices, Number 89 – 3-12-20
iPhone 6 (64 GB, space gray, 2014). 100 Apple Devices, Number 90 – 3-13-20
Mac mini (Late 2014). 100 Apple Devices, Number 91 – 3-14-20
MacBook Air (11-inch, 2014). 100 Apple Devices, Number 92 – 3-15-20
Apple Watch (original, 42 mm, silver stainless steel case, black leather loop band, 2015). 100 Apple Devices, Number 93 – 3-16-20
iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi 2015). 100 Apple Devices, Number 94 – 3-18-20
iPhone 7 Plus (128 GB, jet black, 2016). 100 Apple Devices, Number 95 – 3-19-20
Apple Watch (Series 1, 42 mm, silver aluminum case, white sport band, 2016). 100 Apple Devices, Number 96 – 3-20-20
Apple Watch (Series 2, Nike+, 42 mm, Space Gray aluminum case, Midnight Blue Leather Loop, 2016). 100 Apple Devices, Number 97 – 3-21-20
Apple Watch (Series 3, Nike+, 42 mm, silver aluminum case, bright crimson/black Nike sport band, 2017). 100 Apple Devices, Number 98 – 3-22-20
HomePod (white, 2017). 100 Apple Devices, Number 99 – 3-23-20
Apple Watch (Series 4, cellular, 44 mm, stainless steel case, white sport band, 2018). 100 Apple Devices, Number 100 – 3-24-20
I hope you will join me tomorrow when I begin my presentation of 100 Apple Accessories on Instagram.
I began collecting Apple computers, accessories, and collectibles in the 1990s. When iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch devices were introduced, I began to collect those items as well. About twenty-five years later, I have an extensive collection of all things Apple.
Beginning in late 2018, I began to document and catalog my collection. I use a Nikon D3500 (with 18–35mm lens), iPhone 12 Pro Max, a basic lighting setup, and a white IKEA table. Blog entries include information, photos, and personal commentary. My Instagram account that features highlights from this collection.