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10 Best Apple Products Ever

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With Apple (AAPL) reportedly getting set to announce an iPad Mini relatively soon, Apple may have another hit product on its hands.

Apple has released some of the best-selling products of all time, and has revolutionized whole industries on its own. Music, phones, computers, even advertising have been greatly affected as Apple has continue to grow in size and influence.

Apple started as a computer company in 1976, and in those 36 years, has gone from making just computers to making a number of products the masses love and clamor for year in and year out.

Steve Jobs, and to a lesser extent, Steve Wozniak, built Apple on making aesthetically pleasing and easy to use products. As Apple grew from its infancy to the $600 billion behemoth it is now, its reach expanded. It went from being only for hobbyists, geeks and technophiles to being a mainstay brand for the everyday person.

Here's TheStreet's look at 10 of the best Apple products ever made.

Apple II

The Apple II started it all. Built just 12 months after the Apple I, the Apple II started Apple on the journey that the company has become today. It was the fastest-selling personal computer of its time, and was designed primarily by Wozniak. A little known fact is the Apple II was actually a line of computers that Apple kept producing, up until the Apple IIe, which stopped in November 1993.

The Apple II was one of the first personal computers that had color graphics, and came with two gaming paddles right out of the box. There were also eight slots built into the Apple II allowing users to expand it and customize it, including adding more memory, graphics and the ability to add a printer and a floppy drive.

Apple's first big-time computer cost consumers $1,298 when it first went on sale, but that didn't stop the company from selling "well over 300,000 units." It generated Apple Computer $79 million in revenue during 1979.

The Mac

Following the success of the Apple II, Apple failed with the Apple III, which nearly was a disaster the company did not recover from.

In 1984, that all changed when Jobs unveiled the Mac to the world in a Super Bowl commercial unlike anything the world had ever seen.

The Mac took the personal computing revolution to a level the Apple II never did. Known for its distinctive beige design, the computer came with a monitor, keyboard and a mouse, and is remembered for its exceptional graphical user interface (GUI).

Originally named the Apple Macintosh, once sales of the device were so strong that it would be a hit, a second product came out named Mac 512K, and the original Mac was named Mac 128K. Unlike the Apple II, the Mac was not expandable and cost users $2,495.