Apple startup screens from 1979 to today

A visual history of Apple splash screens

Apple computers are blazing fast these days. But not too long ago, it'd take forever for these powerful desktops to get started, leaving you to anxiously sit through a deluge of startup screens and loading bars.

Here at TechRepublic, we thought it'd be a fun to reminisce about the loading screens of Mac days gone by. Whether you were an iMac faithful, or simply used a IIGS to play Oregon Trail in elementary school, these simple splash screens will fill you with a warm sense of digital nostalgia.

And if you're a PC loyalist? That's cool -- we have a companion Windows splash screen gallery just for you.


By Fox Van Allen

Fox Van Allen is a Los Angeles-based writer for CBS Interactive covering technology, tech lifestyle and gaming topics for GameSpot, CNET, ZDNet and TechRepublic. He has previously worked as a news and feature writer for a number of other sites, inclu...