Images of Prototype Apple Macintosh With Clear Casing Shared Online

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Twitter user @DongleBookPro has shared images of a prototype original Macintosh with a translucent casing.

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The Apple Macintosh, later called the Macintosh 128K, was the original Apple Macintosh personal computer released in 1984. The Macintosh was introduced in the famous “1984” Super Bowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott. The machine retailed for $2,495, which is equivalent to over $6,000 today.

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The final retail Macintosh used an iconic beige plastic, so it is rare to see one with a clear casing. This allows it to show off many of the Macintosh’s internal parts, such as its nine-inch CRT monitor. It also highlights just how much empty space there was within the original Macintosh.

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DongleBookPro did not share any further information about the machine, but Apple has been known to prototype its devices using translucent casings, such as for the Apple Newton or the Macintosh Portable M5120. These prototypes with clear casings are very rare and fetch high prices when they come to auction.

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DongleBookPro regularly posts images of unreleased Apple devices and prototypes. In August, they revealed images of an unreleased first-generation iPod touch prototype with a 2013 Mac Pro-style glossy black finish and a prototype first-generation Mac mini with a built-in dock for an iPod nano.

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