What 8 of the world's most popular tech gadgets looked like when they were first released


It seems like every other year, the latest iPhone kicks its predecessor to the curb, effectively making it obsolete.

But as technology encompasses more of our lives, we often forget the original gadgets that helped kick off the digital age.

Nintendo's GameBoy, which debuted in 1989, revolutionized hand-held gaming. Apple's Macintosh, the company's first personal computer, debuted to a skeptical public, but quickly made its way into homes across the world.

Take a look at some of today's popular tech gadget when they were first released.

In an age of technological overload, tech gadgets released two years ago can seem just as dated today as those that came out in the 1980s. As a society, we have abandoned clunky, plastic cell phones with antennas for sleek iPhones made of glass; wired controllers for wireless virtual reality headsets. Take, for example, Microsoft's Xbox: Released in 2001, the gaming console was big, bulky, and slow. And it didn't yet feature its most popular trait, Xbox Live. Today, the console's design is much sleeker. It's moving further away from cords, wires, and even disc drives - in fact, it's rumored the console may soon abandon CDs completely. Here's how eight other tech gadgets have evolved from then to now:
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