Apple Computing

  • First Apple Computer

    First Apple Computer
    Sold only as a simple motherboard without keyboard or case, this first computer was hand-built by Steve Wozniac who had co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs just a few months earlier. A still-functioning model was sold at auction in 2012 for $374,500; however the original selling price was a memorable $666.66.
  • Apple II

    Apple II
    Apple II computers went on sale on this date in 1977. The name "II" was represented by a pair of square brackets "][" and was capable of monochrome text or color via via an external monitor or television set. Disk drives were also available for this exciting new technology.
  • Apple "Lisa"

    Apple "Lisa"
    The forerunner to the Macintosh line of graphical interface-driven personal computers is released by Apple on this date. It would be followed by the "Lisa 2" exactly one year later. Both would be discontinued after one year each of production.
  • Apple "Macintosh"

    Apple "Macintosh"
    The first of the ubiquitous "Macintosh" computer line was introduced by company chairman Steve Jobs on this date. The release was advertised by the famous "1984" commercial which utilized imagery from the classic tale by George Orwell. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYecfV3ubP8
  • Macintosh II

    Macintosh II
    Read about Macintosh II on WikipediaThis computer was produced to compete in the IBM PC market where monitors sitting atop rectangular grey boxes was the image quickly dominating the business world.
  • Macintosh SE

    Macintosh SE
    Making significant improvements on it's all-in-one Macintosh design, the SE was later followed by the SE 30 which boasted a performance improvement.
  • Macintosh LC

    Macintosh LC
    Created during Steve Job's absence, the LC line of computers featured a slim profile and supported an external color monitor, which Apple also supplied. An all-in-one design was also released which was popular with the educational market, but looks like no other Macintosh ever did or would thereafter.
  • Powerbook 140

    Powerbook 140
    The first line of Apple laptops was called the "Powerbook" and came in models including the 140, 145 and 145B. It's screen was only 10 inches and was available in a Passive- and Active-Matrix configuaration.
  • Macintosh Quadra

    Macintosh Quadra
    A line of Macintosh desktops in the "tower" form factor becoming popular in the larger PC world. The Quadra was based on a different line of processors made by Motorola and took optional expansion cards like typical PCs did at the time and still do.
  • Powerbook G3

    Powerbook G3
    The first Powerbook to boast the G3 processor found in the new colorful iMac desktops, this laptop came in many flavors codenamed "Pismo," "Wallstreet," "Firewire" and "Bronze Keyboard" to distinguish the various feature sets that were added as the product line developed.
  • iMac G3

    iMac G3
    The original "Bondi Blue" iMac was a new all-in-one design pioneered by Steve Jobs who had returned to Apple. This proved to set a design standard that would be highly imitated throughout various industries. The translucent, colored plastic motif would stay with Apple desktops for many years to come.
  • iBook G3

    iBook G3
    The "Bondi Blue" iMac look comes to the laptop in a move that Apple hoped would enter the 'consumer portable' market segment. This laptop had more educational appeal than the not-so-successful powerbook line had been.
  • iPod introduced

    iPod introduced
    The iPod is over a decade old and has only recently been eclipsed by the innovations of the iPhone and iPad, both of which draw from the rich success of this unique product line.
  • iMac G4

    iMac G4
    Read about the iMac G4 on WikipediaA new line of processors and a new formfactor graced this new "iMac G4" released on this date. The screen was akin to a flat laptop LCD which pivoted off of the rest of the computer located in its base. This was the only Mac which took this unique design.
  • eMac

    eMac
    In a move to offer a mass-marketed internet-ready desktop, Apple realeases the "eMac" all-in-one. It took the same shape and form factor as the previous colorful iMacs. Ultimately Apple marketed this model directly to schools after its consumer reception was weak.
  • iMac G5

    iMac G5
    The iMac G5 introduced yet another line of processor. Minus the base and swivel screen mount, the iMac G5 departed from the previous interation of the product line. It would, however, introduce a form factor that has stuck ever since. Read about the iMac G5 on Wikipedia.
  • Mac Mini

    Mac Mini
    A desktop Macintosh without monitor built in, the Mac Mini made it possible to switch out a PC and keep the keyboard, mouse and monitor.
  • MacBook Pro

    MacBook Pro
    Replacing the "Powerbook" line of professional laptops, the MacBook Pro featured PowerPC G4 chips at first. Subsequent models quickly shifted to the present Intel Core processor line presently used.
  • MacBook

    MacBook
    Replacing the "iBook" line of consumer laptops, the Macbook featured the Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors.
  • iPhone

    iPhone
    Introduced by Apple chairman and returning champion Steve Jobs, the iPhone is an iPod touch with cellular capability. It is global success and pioneered the term "app" for "application," the latter of which Apple has used consistently in its computing line.
  • iPad

    iPad
    The first generation iPad was introduced on this day. It was another moment of industry-changing technology. Tablet-style and touch-screen computers had been around and attempted to make their debut before, but Apple's timing and marketing excellence have made the iPad a global success.
  • iMac (current)

    iMac (current)
    Now with an aluminum "unibody" design, the iMac departs from the colorful and/or white chassis to feature a sleek brushed metal look. An astounding 27-inch screen model is also available and the entire product line sports the new Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processor line.