29 Facts About Apple Macintosh


The Macintosh was pivotal in starting the desktop publishing revolution, thanks to PageMaker and Apple's LaserWriter printer.

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In 1983, Apple licensed the rights to the Macintosh name from audio equipment manufacturer McIntosh Laboratory, and in 1986, bought the trademark outright.

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Apple Macintosh continued to release new models, including the PowerBook notebook lineup, which were the first portable computers with the keyboard behind a palm rest and a built-in pointing device in front of the keyboard.

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That same year, Apple Macintosh abandoned Motorola CPUs in favor of the RISC PowerPC architecture developed by the AIM alliance of Apple Macintosh, IBM, and Motorola.

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Apple had to compete against Macintosh clones, hardware manufactured by companies to whom Apple had licensed System 7, which cannibalized the sales of Apple's higher-margin Macintoshes.

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Years, Apple Macintosh had "desperately" tried to develop a successor to the aging Mac OS, which lacked proper multitasking and memory protection, and was prone to crashes.

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Apple Macintosh decided to acquire another company to form the foundation of their next OS, and settled on acquiring NeXT in 1997, which was founded by Steve Jobs following his departure from Apple Macintosh in 1985, and had developed the Unix-based NeXTSTEP operating system.

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Apple Macintosh continued to launch more Mac models, such as the education-oriented eMac, the PowerBook G4, and the Power Mac G5.

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On January 11, 2005, Apple Macintosh announced the Mac Mini, priced at US$499, which aimed to attract desktop users on Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems to Mac.

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Intel chips allowed users to run Microsoft Windows natively on Mac hardware; Apple Macintosh released a public beta of Boot Camp in April 2006, a utility that allowed users to install Windows XP on their Mac.

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On February 24, 2011, Apple Macintosh became the first company to release a computer that supported Intel's new Thunderbolt connector.

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In 2015, Apple Macintosh began a service program to repair a widespread GPU defect in the 2011 MacBook Pro 15”, which could lead to graphic artifacts or prevent the machine from working entirely.

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Apple Macintosh unusually unveiled their future pro product roadmap, announcing the future iMac Pro as a stopgap, and an upcoming expansible next-generation Mac Pro.

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In 2018, Apple Macintosh refreshed the MacBook Pro with faster processors and a third-generation Butterfly keyboard, and redesigned the MacBook Air with a Retina display, Butterfly keyboard, Force Touch trackpad, and Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports.

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Apple Macintosh launched a program to repair affected keyboards free of charge.

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Apple Macintosh patched this issue by releasing a supplemental update to High Sierra, blaming a "missing digital key" in the thermal management firmware.

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At WWDC 2019, Apple Macintosh unveiled a new Mac Pro, with a far more upgradable design, introducing a new expansion module system and an optional Afterburner card.

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Apple Macintosh unveiled a Developer Transition Kit for developers to port their apps to ARM, and the Rosetta 2 translation layer enabling Intel apps to run on Apple Macintosh silicon Macs.

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On November 10, 2020, Apple Macintosh announced their first chip, the M1, and the first Macs to ship with Apple Macintosh silicon: the MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and the 13" MacBook Pro.

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On June 6, 2022, at WWDC 2022, Apple Macintosh announced an updated MacBook Air based on a new M2 chip.

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Original Apple Macintosh was marketed at Super Bowl XVIII with the now-famous "1984" ad made by Ridley Scott, who had previously directed Blade Runner.

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Apple Macintosh is currently in the fourth largest personal computer vendor, with 8.

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Apple Macintosh is a highly vertically integrated company, making their own OS and designing their own chips.

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The MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Studio use the Apple Macintosh-designed chips, which have been praised for their performance and power efficiency.

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Apple Macintosh's notebooks are charged with either USB-C or MagSafe connectors depending on the model.

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Apple Macintosh offers many accessories for the Mac, including the Studio Display and Pro Display XDR external monitors, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max headphones, and peripherals like the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, and the multi-touch Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse.

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Macs integrate deeply with other Apple Macintosh devices, including the iPhone and iPad, through Continuity features like Handoff, Sidecar, Universal Control, and Universal Clipboard.

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Apple Macintosh has developed several apps for the Mac, including Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, iWork, GarageBand and iMovie.

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Apple Macintosh's official integrated development environment for macOS is Xcode.

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