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New Shrine of Apple Site Showcases Apple Products

by Adam C. Engst

Many of you have seen Mactracker [1], Ian Page’s encyclopedia app that compiles a vast amount of data about Apple products. It’s utilitarian, and extremely useful when researching old Macs. The just-launched Shrine of Apple [2] Web site takes its cue from Mactracker, but transforms the concept of a database of Apple products into a modern museum-like site that’s both gorgeous and participatory.

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For each product, the Shrine of Apple site includes a number of professionally shot, high-resolution photographs, a short description, original specifications, and related links. An anonymous survey tabulates how many people wanted one, had one, or still own one, and a comment system lets you leave your own reminiscences. For most of the products, there’s also a several-minute video that provides a loving fly-around of the product (I couldn’t help remembering that lengthy scene in “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” when Kirk and Scotty are mooning at the Enterprise from a shuttle).

Needless to say, the Shrine of Apple site isn’t yet complete; it takes time to shoot the photos and make the videos and compile the specifications. I have to imagine that getting access to all the hardware and cleaning it up (nothing I saw had signs of significant usage) is an onerous and expensive task as well. But you can check on what’s coming next [4] — right now it’s the Performa 6320CD. Follow the Shrine of Apple on Twitter [5] or Facebook [6] to be alerted when they add new products.

My only criticism is that the site could use a little proofreading — a number of the product names don’t have quite the right capitalization. However, this is merely a quibble from someone who spends tons of time editing, and I heartily encourage everyone to spend a little time browsing around your favorite Apple products of yesteryear on the Shrine of Apple site.

[1]: http://mactracker.ca/
[2]: http://shrineofapple.com/
[3]: http://tidbits.com/resources/2011-08/Shrine-of-Apple.png
[4]: http://shrineofapple.com/comingnext/
[5]: http://twitter.com/shrineofapple
[6]: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shrine-Of-Apple/170593492977056