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Story of 30 years old MAC

by Entrepreneurs MingleMarch 6, 2014

1984 – Macintosh

The Computer which started a new revolution

The original Macintosh, wasn’t just a computer. It was a declaration that the power of the computer is now for everyone. At the time, most people didn’t even know how to use one. But thanks to the simple graphical interface of the Macintosh, they didn’t have to. It was approachable and friendly, starting with the smiley face that greeted you. There were folders that looked like file folders and a trash can for throwing things away. And with the click of a mouse, you could suddenly do the unimaginable. You could move things around on the screen, change the way they looked, combine words with images and sounds, and create like never before. A new era had begun.

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Most of the people first used mac for Education and training purposes followed by Desktop publishings, Business, Visual Effects and Graphic Design.

1987 – Macintosh II

Mac got more colorful.

The Macintosh II featured a new modular design that could support a much broader range of displays — including some that offered color. With the simple addition of a video card, the Macintosh II could display 256 glorious colors from a palette of 16.7 million.

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Now mac started attracting the interest of Visual Effects and Designers.

1988 – Macintosh IIx

Simple Extension of its brother.

The Macintosh IIx wasn’t just a follow-up to the previous model. It introduced the 1.44MB floppy disk to the Mac line, nearly doubling the capacity compared to earlier computers. This floppy disk would become the standard in personal computers over the next decade.

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1989 – Macintosh Portable

Now you can take your wherever you want.

The Macintosh Portable was Apple’s first battery-powered computer. Weighing almost 16 pounds, it wasn’t nearly as portable as today’s notebooks. But that didn’t stop it from being the first off-the-shelf notebook to be taken into space, aboard the space shuttle Atlantis in 1991. Among other things, it was used to send the very first email from space.

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1991 – Macintosh PowerBook

The PowerBook was the first truly portable Macintosh. Its innovative design, with the keyboard positioned close to the screen, allowed people to rest their palms while they typed. And the rolling trackball made it possible to move around the screen with more precision than ever.

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This Portable design by mac attracted Business Executives the most. They used this mac for there Business meetings.

1992 – Macintosh Quadra 950

The first Macintosh in a tower design, the Quadra 900 series featured an Ethernet port for high-speed connections to computer networks. For sheer power, it left the previous-generation Macintosh IIfx in the dust — quickly becoming the creative tool of choice for photographers, publishers, and ad agencies.

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1993 – Macintosh TV

Not to be confused with today’s Apple TV, this was the first Macintosh with built-in television capabilities. It was an early example of Apple designers combining multiple devices into one, and was the only black Macintosh desktop until the introduction of  the new Mac Pro.

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 1998 – iMac

Mac joined the i-series

The original iMac marked the beginning of a new chapter for Apple and computers. The lowercase i in its name signaled something new and important — the Internet — and showed that the iMac was built for the next age of communication. It was the first computer to do away with floppy disks and popularize the USB port. Its egg-shaped, all-in-one design wasn’t like anything anyone had seen before. The translucent shell came in an eye-catching Bondi Blue, with other colors added later. But the most beautiful part of iMac was its simplicity: You just plugged it in and turned it on.

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1999 – Power Mac G4

The Power Mac G4 was heralded as the world’s first personal supercomputer. It was so powerful it was even classified as a weapon by the U.S. government. Paired with Final Cut Pro, which also debuted this year, it brought Hollywood-quality editing capabilities to a desktop computer.

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2000 – iBook

A year into its run, the colorful iBook was affectionately known as the “Clamshell.” But it wasn’t just its radical look that made it stand out. Equipped with AirPort technology, it was the first computer to have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and it paved the way for the mobile revolution.

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2002 – iMac

Next Generation iMac

This iMac looked like no Mac before. Or after. It was the first iMac that featured an LCD screen — an innovation that led to a much thinner profile. When the display was mounted on an adjustable arm above a white hemisphere, the unique form really took shape. It wasn’t just a new iMac, it was instantly iconic.

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2005 – iMac G5

Mac in new avatar

The iMac G5 was a completely new design, with the logic board mounted behind the flat-panel display and the computer elevated above the desk on an aluminum foot. A remote, which could magnetically attach to the side, gave users one-click access to their photos, music, and videos from anywhere in the room. This was also the first Mac with a built-in iSight camera, integrated with iChat, so anyone could start video chatting right out of the box.

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2006 – MacBook Pro

Mac became more professional now

The change to an Intel processor gave this Mac notebook such a massive boost in performance, it needed a new name: MacBook Pro. With up to quadruple the speed of the PowerBook G4, professionals were no longer chained to their desks and had the freedom to create anywhere with a notebook.

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2007 – iMac

Mac turned into a beauty

The redesign of the iMac was radical in every way. It was housed in a stunningly slim enclosure of pure glass and aluminum. In fact, only one screw was visible, and that was on the bottom. Despite its thin profile, it was an incredibly powerful computer for both work and home.

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2008 – MacBook Air

Mac got lighter or may be lightest

MacBook Air was the first unibody notebook, crafted from a single piece of aluminum. Instead of a removable battery, it had a streamlined, built-in one. The popularity of downloadable music meant an optical disc drive was no longer needed. And the ubiquity of Wi-Fi networks made an Ethernet port unnecessary. The result of all this? The world’s thinnest notebook.

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2011 – MacBook Pro

This MacBook Pro was the first computer with Thunderbolt technology, a new I/O standard for connecting to next-generation peripherals with blazing-fast data transfer speeds. This year also saw the introduction of the Mac App Store, which made getting apps for the Mac easier than ever. No boxes, no discs, no installation — people could just download and go.

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2014 – Mac Pro

Power meets Beauty

The new Mac Pro isn’t just a big leap forward, it’s a huge change in direction. It takes the most advanced technologies available today and puts them together like no computer before it. With two workstation-class graphics processors, incredibly fast flash storage, and unprecedented expansion capabilities, it’s designed to create on an epic scale. And we can’t wait to see what you’ll do with it.

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