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This Day in Apple History

Published: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:00:00 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2006 2011

August 11, 1955: Steve Wozniak Born

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:00:00 -0500

Steve Jobs had the marketing savvy but Steve Wozniak had the technical skills. Interested in technology at an early age Woz, as Steve Wozniak is popularly known, would go on to design the Apple I, the Apple II and a very slick, and very popular disk drive. Woz's…

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August 10, 2004: iTunes Hits Million Song Catalogue Mark

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:02:00 -0500

When Apple first released iTunes at the 2001 MacWorld San Francisco people saw the program as both a useful addition to the Mac software library and an admission that Apple felt it had missed the boat on the music swapping revolution.When the iPod came out later in 2001…

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August 9, 1987: HyperCard Released

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 12:09:00 -0500

Apple has overlooked a lot of potential hits over the years but one of the biggest mistakes was HyperCard. It was a new way of managing information that relied on a note card metaphor. Users could enter information on the virtual note card and link pieces of the…

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August 8, 2005: iTunes Is a Hit in Japan

Mon, 08 Aug 2011 12:06:00 -0500

iTunes rolled out in the United States in XXXX. Japan was a different matter. Apple was able to reach a deal with the music providers in the land of the Rising Sun until the second half of 2005.When iTunes was introduced in the United States the concept was…

August 7, 1997: Bill Gates Appears at MacWorld

Sun, 07 Aug 2011 12:00:00 -0500

Gather a herd of Mac lovers in a centralized location, get Steve Jobs to do the keynote and you have a recipe for a lot of "boos," at least if the presentation also includes an appearance by Bill Gates on a giant video screen.Bill Gates showed up on…

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August 6, 1997: Apple Board Shakeup

Sat, 06 Aug 2011 12:04:00 -0500

Looking at the list of Apple Presidents over the years, you'll note quite a bit of change. Starting with Michael Scott the position then went to Mike Markkula. Markkula was succeeded by John Scully who was followed by Michael Spindler and Gil Amelio. Finally, Steve Jobs returned and stabilized the…

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August 5, 1997: The Return of ChiatDay

Fri, 05 Aug 2011 12:00:00 -0500

When Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple, ChiatDay soon followed. Obviously, feeling the move was a mistake Steve took out an ad saying that Apple had made a huge blunder by axing ChiatDay.In full control of Apple for the first time Steve quickly switched the advertising account back…

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August 4, 1997: Think Different Campaign Revealed

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:37:00 -0500

What do John Lennon, Picasso, Albert Einstein, Muhammad Ali and Ted Turner all have in common? They were all featured as people who, ungrammatically, "Thought Different" in Apple first marketing campaign post Steve Jobs return.Te campaign attempted to make the Mac the computer of choice for those who…

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August 3, 1993: Newton Debuts

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 11:27:00 -0500

Apple was counting on the Newton to replace the Mac as the company's primary source of income. Then President John Sculley had thrown all his weight behind the project and the engineers who worked on the device read like a cast of Apple All-Stars.The Newton was nothing if…

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August 2, 2005: Mighty Mouse Released

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 12:00:00 -0500

The debate about the one button mouse raged for years. Proponents claimed that the one button mouse was easier for novices to use and cited early Apple research to back up their claims. Those that disagreed said the single button mouse was too limited and in the days of widespread…

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August 1, 1997: The Definitive Boston MacWorld

Mon, 01 Aug 2011 12:35:00 -0500

At one time MacWorld Boston was the summer edition of MacWorld. New product introductions, vendor booths, the whole Apple MacWorld feel but on the East Coast and in the middle of summer.Alas, a Boston MacWorld is but a fond memory for Bostonians, the annual gathering was first moved…

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July 31, 1982: Lisa Works for the First Time

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 12:34:00 -0500

The Mac's roots are often traced to Xerox PARC. The deepest roots undoubtably tap into the desktop metaphor Apple employees first saw on at the PARC demonstration but the biggest influence on the Mac was the Lisa.The Lisa had a lot of problems, everything from the price to…

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July 30, 1979: Lisa Project Gets Rolling

Sat, 30 Jul 2011 09:19:00 -0500

Trip Hawkins (of Electronic Arts fame) and Steve Jobs were looking for a machine that would be better than the Apple II. They came up with a rather boring and conventional machine that was tagetted to ship in 1981.The machine was supposed to sell for two thousand dollars,…

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July 29, 1993: Apple Introduces AV series of Computers

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:19:00 -0500

In the current computing climate the notion that you can get video from a source onto you computer is a given. That wasn't always the case. Apple pioneered the easy video import video market with their line of AV computers. The line consisted of the Mac 660AV and the 840…

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July 28, 1945: As We May Think Published in Atlantic Monthly

Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:08:00 -0500

Vannevar Bush was a prescient guy, and an individual whose influence on computers was vast but remains underrated. Bush had this to say about computers:" Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to…

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July 26, 2005: Last iBook Introduced

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:07:00 -0500

When the first iBook was introduced it was clearly aimed at consumers, everything from the funky shape to the impossible to miss colors screamed that this was not a laptop aimed at the professional. The intervening years saw the looks transform from play doh flouresccent to a subdued…

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July 25, 1992: Woz Starts Teaching

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:07:00 -0500

If you're ever in the market for a Silicon Valley hero you could do a lot worse than picking Steve Wozniak as your model for the ideal silicon valley millionaire.Woz was not only a great engineer, he also gave something back to community that many Silicon Valley folks…

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July 24, 2000: Steve Jobs Predicts iMovie Will Be Bigger than Desktop Publishing

Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:25:01 -0500

iMovie is a the ultimate example of once prohibitively expensive media democratized for the average person. Credit Glen Reid for the truly clever programming but credit Steve Jobs with the passion for bringing low cost video editing to the masses. How convinced was Steve Jobs that iMovie would…

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July 23, 1981: Steve Jobs Perfectionism Is Displayed on the Original Mac Project

Sat, 23 Jul 2011 05:19:00 -0500

Steve Jobs has a many enviable qualities. His attention to detail, his ability to grasp what people actually want, his management style and presentation skills are all things that many CEO's envy.Anything, taken to the extreme, can yield less than desirable results. Steve's insistence that the Apple III…

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July 22, 1997: OS 8 Rolls Out

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:24:00 -0500

Mac OS 8 was interesting for more than OS advances. It was interesting because the OS was supposed to be the first apperance of the all new operating system Copland but even more interesting because it effectively voided most of the contracts the clone makers had with Apple.To…

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July 21, 1999: WiFi Introduced…By Apple

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:24:00 -0500

The iMac was a huge success for Apple. With a homerun like that, the question naturally arises "How can we repeat that with a laptop?" Apple's answer was the iBook. The machine had several shortcomings: it was heavy, the styling was questionable and the price was considered a bit high.

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July 20, 1982: Hertzfeld Listens to Alan Kay

Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:24:00 -0500

The programmer behind a lot of what was good about the original Macintosh was Andy Herzfeld. While Herzfeld had a rebel streak and couldn't abide corporate politics he was also smart enough to appreciate good ideas when he heard them.Herzfeld heard many good ideas when he attended a…

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July 19, 2000: Cube Introduced

Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:23:00 -0500

The G4 cube was hailed by the media as a design breakthrough. There is little wonder why, the small form factor and convection cooling made the cube a desirable computer for anyone who valued form and silent computing while still demanding near top of the line performance.The trouble…

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July 17, 2002: Apple Kills iTools

Sun, 17 Jul 2011 20:12:00 -0500

If you were using iTools, Apple's suite of web enhancements used to help lure people into buying Mac OS 8, you got a nasty bit of news when you checked your iTools account."Today we announced .Mac, pronounced "Dot Mac," that replaces the Apple iTools service. In the two…

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July 16, 1994: A Mac Does DOS

Sat, 16 Jul 2011 12:26:00 -0500

A Macintosh booting into Windows seems passe since the release of Boot Camp. Perhaps surprisingly, Boot Camp it isn't the first dual boot solution Apple offered. That honor goes to the LC 630 DOS caompatible.The Mac side of the machine was powered by a 33MHz 68LC040 and ran…

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July 15, 1985: Aldus PageMaker Completed!

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:27:00 -0500

Most people with a bent for technology are aware how Xerox influenced Apple's development of the GUI. What many tech geeks are unaware of is how Kodak made the Mac a viable business.Sales of the nascent Mac had been in line with expectations for the first few months,…

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July 14, 2002: Apple Previews Jaguar

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:00:00 -0500

In the great cavalcade of cat names the first one that really mattered was Jaguar, the code name for OS 10.2. The first iteration of OS X was code named Cheetah and offered as a beta version for $29.99. The second iteration was Puma and retailed for the, now, expected…

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July 13, 1994: PowerBook 150 Introduced

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 12:27:01 -0500

One of the first low cost PowerBooks introduced was the PowerBook 150. The price was nice but Apple made it clear that this wasn't the top of the line model, or even close.The PowerBook 150 lacked, for the time, the ever useful ADB port and sported a muddy…

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July 12, 1981: Mac Business Plan Goes Gold

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:28:00 -0500

The Mac's first business plan under the leadership of Steve Jobs was crudely produced but full of ambitious sales targets. Macs, the plan plainly stated, would cost $1500, ship in 1982 and sell over 2 million units in less than three years. The plan was too rosy. The…

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July 11, 2004: iTunes Hits 100 Million Songs Sold Mark

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:28:00 -0500

On July 11 Kevin Britten, a resident of Hays Kansas, did something wholly unremarkable, he downloaded a song from iTunes.While downloading a song from iTunes requires very little effort Kevin was richly rewarded for his purchase of "Somersault (Dangermouse remix)." Not only did Kevin get the song, he…

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July 10, 1981: Michael Scott Leaves Apple

Sun, 10 Jul 2011 11:31:01 -0500

Apple's first President, Michael Scott, had lost any real power shortly after Black Wednesday. Yet former, President Scott stayed on the payroll in no small part because Apple was about to stage a second offering of stock. With Apple's second successful stock sale completed, the sole reason…

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July 9, 1997: Dr. Gil Amelio Resigns

Sat, 09 Jul 2011 11:10:01 -0500

When someone asks, "Who saved Apple?" the knee jerk reaction is to give all the credit to Steve Jobs. That answer leaves out a crucial part of the equation: who brought Steve back? The answer to the second question is: Dr. Gil Amelio. Dr.Amelio had taken the reins…

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July 8, 2004: Apple Stops Taking Orders for the iMac

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 07:13:00 -0500

The iMac, since its introduction, has been Apple's flagship product. The iMac generally features Apple's pro line chip at a consumer friendly price and, to top it all off, an integrated monitor. In short, the iMac has always been Apple's most compelling computer for consumers.Unfortunately, for those who…

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July 7, 2001: G4 Cube Discontinued

Thu, 07 Jul 2011 06:12:01 -0500

The Power Mac G4 Cube was widely hailed as a great computer, pundits couldn't stop gushing about the convection cooled, positively tiny tissue box design. The cube design smacked of originality in every area, whether it was the vertical slot loading media drive or the clever way the computer internals…

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July 6, 2000: Goodbye Hockey Puck, Hello Pro Mouse

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 05:12:00 -0500

The original iMac brought a lot of nice things with it, increased market share, stylish looks and renewed profitability. With the good came some bad, in this case the hockey puck mouse. While some users loved the translucent puck, the vast majority found it too light, too round and too…

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July 5, 1997: Board asks Steve Jobs To Run Apple

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 20:07:00 -0500

Apple's board of Directors had given Gil Amelio the boot and they knew whom they wanted to take the newly vacated position. A part time advisor that came along for the ride when Apple bought NeXT, a part timer named Steve Jobs.Before Dr. Amelio's seat was cold, the…

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July 4, 2001: Bill Tomerson Makes Worst iMovie Ever

Mon, 04 Jul 2011 11:31:00 -0500

On typically hot day in July, Bill Tomerson decided to break out his digital camcorder. Video was taken of Bill's five and seven year children enjoying ice cream, watermelon and fireworks.Despite the cameras built in stabilizer Bill's continued consumption of beer left the film shaky. To compound the…

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July 3, 1991: IBM Promises to License RISC Processor to Apple

Sun, 03 Jul 2011 08:15:00 -0500

In the early nineties Apple needed a new processor and IBM wanted a new OS. Apple was working on a project called Pink, which more or less brought the Mac experience to PCs, and IBM was working on a RISC based chip.It seemed like a marriage made in…

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July 2, 1987: The Canon Cat, the Original Mac Concept, is Released

Sat, 02 Jul 2011 06:15:00 -0500

When Jef Raskin started the Mac project he had high hopes for a low cost machine. When Steve Jobs came on board their vision clashed and Mr. Raskin left the project. While the Mac evolved in to a beast completely different from what Jef Raskin had in mind, Jef didn't…

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July 1, 1970: Xerox Opens PARC

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 05:15:00 -0500

Most computer fans have heard of Xerox PARC (Palo Alto research Center). It is the place where, in exchange for being allowed to purchase a million shares of Apple before the initial public offering, Apple employees got their first look at the graphical user interface. While that is PARC's best…

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June 30, 1999: TV Guide Names “1984” Ad As the Best Television Ad of All Time

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:27:01 -0500

The "1984" ad is often said to have been played only once during the 1984 SuperBowl. That bit of common wisdom is in error. The ad was aired during signoff at a televison station in Idaho in 1983, played at movie theatres just because people enjoyed it, and replayed countless…

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June 29, 1998: Glenn Reid Tastes the Apple

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:27:01 -0500

In the olden days Apple programmers were exalted with such niceities as placing their name on the mold for the original Mac or getting some credit in the "About" box of a program. Sadly, Apple programmers, even those who do something very special, get much less credit today.One…

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June 28, 2004: Apple Introduces New Displays

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:26:01 -0500

Apple had been selling LCD monitors exclusively since 2001 but even with the all panel lineup the monitors were in need of an update. Out went translucent plastics and in came brushed aluminum. Also gone were the feet and support of the previous generation monitors. The new monitors featured an…

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June 27, 1983: Apple Sells Millionth Apple II

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:08:01 -0500

After Steve Wozniak completed the Apple I he immediately saw areas for improvement. His compulsion to improve the computer led directly to the Apple II. The problem was that the Apple II cost a lot more to produce than the Apple I. If the project were going to go anywhere…

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June 26 , 1996: Steve Capps Leaves Apple for Microsoft

Sun, 26 Jun 2011 12:08:01 -0500

Steve Capps isn't a household name among Mac fans but it probably should be. In 1981 Steve started working at Apple and began his tenure by making large contributions to the Lisa project. That wasn't enough for Steve and he moved over to the Macintosh project in 1983.Since…

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June 25, 1985: Bill Gates Proposes Mac Licensing in a Memo to Apple

Sat, 25 Jun 2011 13:07:01 -0500

If the Mac has ever had a bigger fanboy than Bill Gates it is unclear who it was. In the days before the release of the Mac, Microsoft had more people working on software for the Mac than Apple had employees. So it was both with an idea…

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June 23, 2003: Apple Introduces the G5

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:11:01 -0500

It was hailed as both the "fastest personal computer ever" and the "first 64 bit personal computer." Both claims were debatable but Mac users were glad to see a computer based on an advanced chip in Apple's arsenal.Apple chose to wrap the G5 in a huge brushed aluminum…

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June 22, 1999: Microsoft Not a Monopoly Because of Apple

Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:08:01 -0500

Every one hates a monopoly, well any monopoly except the iPod/iTunes store. Monopolistic companies know they are disliked and while they might like to tell everyone to bite off they can't, blatant power abusing monopolies are nominally illegal.Microsoft certainly fit the old a monopoly abusing their power, what…

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June 21, 2000: Apple Splits

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:06:01 -0500

Riding the success of the iMac and the internet bubble Apple's stock was way up from the lows of the nineties. In fact, the stock price was in the low 's 100's when it came time to proceed with an announced stock split.Everyone who went to bed the…

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June 20, 1997: 20th Anniversary Mac Ships

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:05:01 -0500

If you were to ask people to describe a slim desktop computer with integrated an integrated monitor and speakers they'd likely point you in the direction of the nearest iMac. The truth is that the iMac wasn't the first time Apple tried to make a super stylish LCD based desktop…

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June 19, 2000: Steve Wozniak Inducted Into Inventing Hall of Fame

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 11:39:01 -0500

The accolades Steve Wozniak deserves will never be matched by the accolades he actually receives. That doesn't mean he will be omitted from the history books like the inventor of the wheel or the first guy to build a fire, just that his influence is easily underestimated.One richly…

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June 18, 1993: Spindler Replaces Sculley

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:39:01 -0500

When John Sculley ousted Steve Jobs, Apple tried to keep Steve around as Chairman of the Board. So it was somewhat ironic that when John Sculley was ousted, Apple tried to keep him around as Chairman of the Board. Sculley hated the powerless position as much as Jobs did in…

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June 17, 1998: Top End PowerBooks Delayed

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:39:01 -0500

It might not seem surprising if you remember the delays with the 500 MHz G4 PowerMacs, the delays in getting a top end G5 when they were first revealed, or the constant shortages of iPods for the first few years of their existence, but at one time, when Apple released…

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June 16, 2005: Michael Dell Says He Would Be Happy to License OS X

Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:49:01 -0500

Everyone knows the big bad trio in Macland: Microsoft, Dell, and Intel. Well, scratch Intel. Still, the Dell name certainly evokes a large amount of loathing from diehard Mac fans. On the other hand, Michael Dell knows a good thing when he sees it and his company is all about…

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June 15, 1993: eWorld Opens for Mac Users

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:49:01 -0500

It seems ridiculous now but, at one time, being a popular dial-up destination was like printing cash. As the popularity of using dial ups grew, the common wisdom was that users would flock to the popular providers to interact with other users. Apple, naturally, wanted to get in…

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June 14, 1971: The First Woz-Built Computer Catches Fire

Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:48:00 -0500

Steve Wozniak is renowned for his skill at taking spare parts and turning them into functional computers. But before he had access to discarded parts, Woz designed computer after computer on the only thing he could afford--paper.It may be the stuff of Abe Lincoln doing his homework on…

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June 13, 2003: Microsoft Halts Development of Internet Explorer for the Mac

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:16:00 -0500

When Bill Gates showed up on the big screen supporting Apple at MacWorld-Boston expo 1997, one of the things Microsoft got for the appearance was Apple's agreement to bundle Internet Explorer with all new Macs. The deal made sense for Microsoft, which was competing with Netscape at the time.

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June 12, 1998: Apple’s Long Forgotten Radio Ads Begin Airing

Sun, 12 Jun 2011 10:07:01 -0500

Apple television ads provide fodder for pundits to over analyze and over criticize. Apple's radio ads, on the other hand, were much less widely known or remembered.The ads were longish and they featured, naturally, a voiceover by Richard Dreyfuss. The main push of the ad was what you…

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June 11, 2002: Switcher Campaign Begins Airing

Sat, 11 Jun 2011 14:06:01 -0500

For those who don't remember the "Switch Ads," the drill was as follows: a former PC user stood against a white background and explained why they moved from the PC to the Mac.It was a simple concept but the execution was a source of great interest for computer…

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June 10, 2000: Gassee Bashes Microsoft

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:21:01 -0500

When Apple ousted Steve Jobs, many of his duties eventually came under the purview of John-Louis Gassee. Eventually, like Steve Jobs, Gassee was ousted by John Sculley.Also, like Steve Jobs, Gassee dressed with a certain style (leather pants--think of the chafing) and spoke his mind. Unlike Steve, Gassee…

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June 9, 2000: Apple, TWBAChiatDay Win Award for “Think Different” Campaign

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 11:21:01 -0500

The "Think Different" campaign might not have been grammatically correct but it was well received. The ads featured luminaries such as Ghandi, Francis Ford Coppola (mistaken frequently for Steve Wozniak) and John Lennon. After highlighting the "difference makers" Apple urged the viewer to "Think Different."The point of the…

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June 8, 1984: Thunderscan

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:05:01 -0500

In the early days of the Mac, things that seem positively cheap today were prohibitively expensive. Scanners, to cite but one example. Luckily for Mac users, a clever company managed to provide a low-cost scanning solution for the Mac.The product was called Thunderscan ("High Resolution Digitizer for Macintosh")…

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June 7, 1993: Apple Introduces the PowerBook 180c

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 11:05:01 -0500

The PowerBook 180c wasn't the first Mac laptop with a color screen. That dubious honor goes to the 165c, but it was the first PowerBook that had a color screen worth looking at.The PowerBook 180c featured an active matrix 640 x 480, 256-color screen which mirrored Apple's 14-inch…

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June 6, 2001: Steve Jobs: Hero

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 12:04:01 -0500

There are a ton of big names in the computer industry but one of the biggest is Larry Ellison. Like Gates and Jobs, the founder of Oracle is a billionaire many times over but has his problems with public perception. In Ellison's case, he is considered just a little bit…

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June 5, 1977: Apple Introduces Apple II

Sun, 05 Jun 2011 16:13:01 -0500

The Apple I was an interesting toy for hobbyists but far too technical for the masses. The founders of Apple felt that a more approachable machine could be a big seller. That machine, designed by Steve Wozniak, was the Apple II.It featured a 1 MHz processor, an audio…

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June 4, 2002: Apple Offers eMac for Everyone, Not Just Education

Sat, 04 Jun 2011 16:12:01 -0500

When Apple introduced the G4 powered Sunflower iMac people were impressed, at least until they saw the $1,299 price tag. Those who couldn't stomach the high price were forced to make do with the lower cost CRT iMacs and the less than top of the line G3 chips inside.

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June 3, 1969: Woz Leaves College to Return to Bay Area

Fri, 03 Jun 2011 16:12:01 -0500

When Steve Wozniak went to college the first time, he opted for the University of Colorado in Boulder. His chosen course of study? Electrical engineering (naturally). Unfortunately, college didn’t work out the way Woz had hoped. In fact, things got so bad he was forced to hire a lawyer.

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June 2, 1997: Steve Jobs Sells All His Shares of Apple (Again)

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:12:01 -0500

As part of the compensation when Apple purchased NeXT, Steve Jobs received a huge number of Apple shares. Not long after Steve took ownership of the shares, large blocks of Apple shares began to be sold at rock bottom prices ($15 per). Immediately, people suspected Steve Jobs of being the…

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June 1, 1979: Apple Introduces Apple II+

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:12:01 -0500

The Apple II+ was Apple Computer's first blockbuster product. While the original Apple II sold reasonably well, the Apple II+ sold like crazy. Looking at the specs it is hard to say what the attraction was over the original incarnation of the Apple II. Sure, the graphics were a little…

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May 31, 1985: Steve Jobs is Ousted

Tue, 31 May 2011 12:07:01 -0500

After Steve Jobs' failed coup, Jobs had an odd suggestion for Sculley. Jobs proposed, with a straight face, that he be appointed President and Chief Executive while Sculley could be Chairman of the Board of Directors. Sculley didn't want any part of the "Trading Places" scenario as outlined…

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May 30, 1999: Apple Users Get Paid to Fix Floor Models

Mon, 30 May 2011 12:11:01 -0500

There had been a longstanding problem for Macs in the retail environment known as Sears and that problem was neglect. With the vast majority of Sears associates being Windows literate if they were computer literate at all, the daily comings and goings of customers who poked and prodded the Macs…

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May 29, 1979: Mac Concept Committed to Paper

Sun, 29 May 2011 12:11:01 -0500

Mike Markkulahad asked Jef Raskin if he was interested in developing a $500 game machine. Jef wasn't interested in that type of product but he did have a low cost concept in mind.Jef Raskin envisioned a computer that would forgo the complexities of the Apple II and instead…

May 28, 2002: Mac Market Share Could Double!

Sat, 28 May 2011 12:11:01 -0500

When OS X was first launched the focus wasn't on getting Windows users to come over to the Mac or even on getting more people to buy Macs. Instead the focus was on getting current Mac users to adopt the operating system. That part of the OS X…

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May 27, 1981: Apple Offers Second Block Shares to the Public

Fri, 27 May 2011 16:10:01 -0500

Apple went public in December 1980. If you were an employee with founder shares it was quite likely you were a millionaire after the initial public offering. Unfortunately, for most Apple employees, the instant millionaires amounted to slightly more than three dozen early hires.Among the people who gave…

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May 26, 2004: Apple Starts an iPod Division

Thu, 26 May 2011 16:10:01 -0500

When Apple first introduced the iPod it was an extension of their "digital hub" strategy whereby a Mac would act as the center of all the digital media a consumer owned. It was a nice idea but when Apple added Windows support and geared up the iTunes Music Store, the…

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May 25, 1981: The Mac Gets a Mass Produced Circuit Board

Wed, 25 May 2011 16:10:01 -0500

The first Mac was a hand wired prototype made by Burrell Smith out of items he found lying around the Apple facility. The design worked, so others began making copies of the prototype so that the architects behind the Mac would have something to work with. Hand wiring…

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May 24, 1985: Jobs Fails to Oust Sculley

Tue, 24 May 2011 16:09:01 -0500

Then President John Sculley had received the okay from the Board of Directors to strip Steve Jobs of any real power inside Apple but hadn't gotten around to doing so. In the interim, Jobs had been approaching high level Apple execs about ousting Sculley while he was visiting…

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May 23, 2005: Rumors Surface of Something Starting with Capital “I”

Mon, 23 May 2011 16:09:01 -0500

Little "i" was a well-known part of the overall Apple product paradigm. Everything from Steve Jobs' title after Amelio had been ousted (iCEO) to the iPod started with the letter that first supposedly stood for "interim," later stood for "internet," and finally just meant "designed by Apple."Rumors had…

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May 22, 1997: Apple Spins Off the Newton Division

Sun, 22 May 2011 16:09:01 -0500

At one time the Newton, a largish Apple PDA, had Apple's hopes for the future pinned to the take anywhere device. Sales, as most remember, were very slow. Still the Newton, in the years since its introduction, had gained some traction in the market. Apple hoped to capitalize on the…

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May 21, 2001: Apple Starts Selling Only LCD Monitors

Sat, 21 May 2011 12:08:01 -0500

With the introduction of the sunflower G4-based iMac it was obvious that Apple was heading away from clunky CRT monitors and towards flat panel goodness. Still, few expected Apple to completely eschew the bulbous CRT in their monitor line due to the still relatively high prices of LCD screens.

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May 20, 2001: The Apple Store Is One Day Old

Fri, 20 May 2011 10:07:01 -0500

When Apple first unveiled its plans for brick and mortar Apple stores, skeptics had a field day. There were plenty of good reasons to think the stores would flop. Gateway had tried a similar ploy and their stores were draining money from the company.Independent Apple resellers were also…

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May 19, 1980: Apple III. Worst. Apple. Ever.

Thu, 19 May 2011 14:07:01 -0500

The Apple III is likely the worst computer Apple ever produced. Not because of any inherent problem with the specifications. Compared with the competition the specs were solid. What was lacking was the execution.The clock chip didn't work, the computer had no fan and would overheat, the sockets…

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May 18, 1998: Microsoft Hit with Anti-trust Suit

Wed, 18 May 2011 13:05:01 -0500

In what would prove to be a four-year ordeal, Microsoft was slapped with an antitrust suit by the U.S. Justice Department and twenty states. Apple fans the world over read the headlines and rejoiced.The reason why the lovers of all things Apple were elated wasn't as clear. Microsoft…

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May 17, 1983: The Mac Misses (Another) Ship Date

Tue, 17 May 2011 12:05:00 -0500

Jef Raskin criticized Steve Jobs for having unreasonable expectations, especially when it came to how much time was realistic when undertaking a project. His criticism was justified, at least when it came to the first incarnation of the Mac. Jobs' timelines might have been unrealistic but his belief…

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May 16, 1994: Apple Releases First Laptop with Trackpad

Mon, 16 May 2011 11:53:00 -0500

The PowerBook 500 series was notable for several reasons. The prices weren't unusual; the machines went from a semi-modest $2,270 to a wallet busting $4,840. The interesting part was all the firsts. First built in stereo speakers, first PMCIA card, and first NiMH battery. The really stunning…

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May 15, 1985: MacXL (Lisa) Officially Killed

Sun, 15 May 2011 11:53:00 -0500

The Mac XL was never a huge seller, the machine featured a display that made the graphics and letters looked stretched and, with dual floppy drives, didn't fit very well into the Macintosh design paradigm. So it wasn't very surprising when the poor selling model was discontinued.The odd…

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May 14, 2002: Xserve Introduced

Sat, 14 May 2011 11:53:00 -0500

Apple had offered plenty of servers throughout its existence but the servers always looked exactly like the top of the line professional Mac being offered at the time. The reason that they looked so similar is because Mac servers were pro models with the configuration tilted towards the server side…

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May 13, 1997: System 8 Demoed

Fri, 13 May 2011 11:53:00 -0500

Apple had ditched the System 7.7 iteration of Mac OS in an effort to kill the clone makers. That didn't stop the software from actually showing up renamed as System 8.0. System 8.0 featured many improvements to System 7.6--a multithreaded finder, an appearance manager and some under-the-hood optimizations.…

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May 12, 1998: Phil Schiller Says OS X for PowerPC Only

Thu, 12 May 2011 11:52:00 -0500

When Apple was talking up its next generation operating system, Rhapsody, one of the selling points was "develop once deploy everywhere." The project was called Yellow Box and promised developers an opportunity to write the code a single time and have it work on both Macs and PCs.The…

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May 11, 1999: Apple Announces the G4

Wed, 11 May 2011 11:02:00 -0500

The biggest difference between a G3 chip and its successor the G4 was Altivec. Altivec, renamed Velocity Engine by Apple for marketing purposes, added a 128 bit vector execution unit that promised to speed up graphically intensive tasks significantly.That wasn't the only good thing about the G4. The…

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May 10, 1999: Lombard PowerBook Revealed

Tue, 10 May 2011 11:02:00 -0500

What's 20% thinner and two pounds less weighty than its predecessor? Why, the PowerBook Lombard, of course.This fan favorite of the PowerBook line sported peppy G3 processors running at either 333 or 400 MHz and a very nice price, for the time, of $2499. The battery life was…

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May 9, 1997: The Clone Problem Typified

Mon, 09 May 2011 11:01:00 -0500

Umax, an early Apple cloner, released the clunkily named SuperMac C500 LT/140 with little fanfare. The machine offered 140 MHz of processing power, a Motorola 603e, 1.2 GB of hard drive space and 16 MB of standard RAM. Those aren't the most impressive specs for the time but…

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May 8, 1997: Apple Debuts a PowerBook…Designed by IBM

Sun, 08 May 2011 11:22:00 -0500

A PowerPC 603e, 180 MHz of raw processing power and up to 80 MB of RAM-- sounds like a passably powerful nineties Macintosh. Throw in an active matrix 10.4 inch display and a weight of 4.4 pounds and you have one highly desirable PowerBook.The weight savings were realized…

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May 7, 2001: Henrico Public Schools Go Mac

Sat, 07 May 2011 11:30:00 -0500

From the Apple I to the current day, Apple has publicly maintained a deep commitment to education. The commitment paid off when Apple announced a mammoth order it had landed for iBooks.Henrico County Public School System agreed to buy 23,000 of the G3 powered white beauties in order…

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May 6, 1998: The Original iMac Is Unveiled to Mixed Reaction

Fri, 06 May 2011 11:55:00 -0500

No floppy drive, no ADB port, no printer port and a 33.6 Kbps internal modem. Wrap all that up in a bondi blue case designed by Jonathan you've got...not exactly what most Mac users thought they wanted.Long-time users were outraged that they'd be forced to buy new peripherals…

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May 5, 2003: iTunes Music Store, Instant Hit

Thu, 05 May 2011 11:55:00 -0500

It was Mac only, it wasn't free, and it was a smash hit. It was the Apple iTunes Music Store. Open less than a week, the music store sold more than one million tracks.The success is all the more astonishing because peer-to-peer networking hadn't substantially changed since the…

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May 4, 1998: The Apple Logo Evolves

Wed, 04 May 2011 11:55:00 -0500

Ron Wayne's original Apple logo featured an apple and Isaac Newton; it was truly a thing of beauty. For all of its beauty, however, the logo was complex and Steve Jobs rightly worried that the logo was too complicated to be reproducible in a myriad sizes. To rectify the situation,…

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May 3, 1984: Mac System 1.1 Released

Tue, 03 May 2011 11:54:00 -0500

There were a plethora of things to dislike about the Mac when it first appeared. Severely limited memory, no expansion options, a positive dearth of software, etc. Even with all the deficiencies, the thing that many early adopters hated the most fervently was "disk swappers’ elbow." This occurred when users…

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May 2, 1998: You Call It Altivec, I Call It Velocity Engine

Mon, 02 May 2011 11:54:00 -0500

The MHz wars were essentially over. While users argued about which chip was faster a consortium of Apple, IBM and Motorola went with the idea that the chip that could do more was superior. In truth, IBM wanted to focus on the MHz but they were overruled by…

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May 1, 2001: IceBook Introduced!

Sun, 01 May 2011 11:54:00 -0500

The original iBook was a tough, heavy, portable designed specifically for students. The machine sported a G3 chip, AirPort functionality and a handle for carrying ease. Unfortunately, many people found the case styling, colors and overall size a bit on the lame side of the design spectrum. The computer evoked…

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