Brought to my attention this morning by The Loop's Jim Dalrymple, Shrine of Apple is a new website that launched last night with a very ambitious goal: to photograph every Apple product ever made. Not just the ones from 2007 up until today -- all of them. From the About page:
Our mission is to showcase the entire spectrum of products that Apple have sold to the public since 1976 – every product Apple Inc has ever produced, in the highest quality and definition possible. Every desktop, every laptop, every notebook, monitor, iPod, iPad, iPhone, mouse, keyboard, modem, cable, port, adapter, docking station, memory expansion card….and that’s just their hardware. Operating systems, productivity suites and all the great software titles that Apple have published will make an appearance too!
The website launched with a relatively small collection of products, with many more queued up for the next weeks. Shrine of Apple's database consists of detailed high-res photos of products complete with original packaging when available, manuals, and cables. The website's categories include Desktops, Displays, iPads, iPhones, iPods, Laptops, Peripherals, PDAs, Servers and Software, with more to come. The current selection includes old gems like the Apple IIe Numeric Keypad, Lisa 7/7 Office software, and the Macintosh PowerBook 150.
With high-res photography, descriptions, related links and a true passion for Apple products, I wouldn't be surprised to see Shrine of Apple becoming a de-facto standard for Apple fans looking up information on old computers and devices, provided by someone who really "knows" and cares about these products, not a faceless online database. Shrine of Apple is, in fact, the creation of Jonathan Zufi, "leading expert in the field of mobility and wireless devices by day – vivid Apple collector by night".