April 14, The k-equipped Macintosh ke. April 17, The first line of PowerComputing Mac clones.
April 24, The first MacBook Pro with a 17" display. April 29, The then education-only original eMac.
May 6, The original iMac using a then unique translucent case. May 8, The groundbreaking 4. May 30, The Japan-exclusive PowerBook c , the fastest 68k notebook. June 7, The groundbreaking iPhone 4. June 15, The first aluminum Mac mini. June 23, The original "cheese grater" Power Mac G5 models.
August 3, The original Newton MessagePad. August 7, The first Mac Pro. September 1, Assistive Tech released a System 7. September 5, The first iPod touch. September 7, The original iPod nano. The Macintosh Color Classic was both the first desktop Mac to offer an integrated color display, and the last Mac to offer the compact form factor.
The fact that it was upgradeable was also a big positive. The Macintosh Centris av was the ultimate multimedia machine of its day. It came with an AppleVision monitor boasting a built-in microphone and speakers, a modem port, and the first Apple software to recognize and synthesize speech. It ran 80 percent faster than the previous PowerBook, and replaced the trackball with a trackpad. Its five-hour battery life proved a welcome addition, too. Oh, and it comes in fancy space gray, too! This is the machine that hopefully shows Apple still cares about its pro users.
It represented an easy entry point for budget-minded customers to join the Apple ecosystem — so long as they brought their own display, keyboard and mouse.
The History of Apple Computers
Other than striking visuals, its big selling point was how easy it made accessing the internet. Unlike most other laptops at the time, it offered Wi-Fi connectivity, which meant accessing the internet without physically connecting your laptop. While standard issue today, it was a subtle reminder that the iBook was approachable and easy-to-use for novices. For the first time, it introduced the concept of packing internal components into a single flat panel.
This was also when Macintosh screens started blowing up in size — with inch and inch displays seeming almost impossibly opulent.
It might be controversial to say it, but the MacBook Air is the last time Apple truly blew away fans with a new laptop. And, just like the iMac and the iPhone, it changed the way people thought an entire product category should look. Starting in mid, Apple introduced its now-familiar all-in-one aluminum unibody iMac. However, these were the machines that changed the game — and remain the most important laptops in Apple history. Not only were they innovative machines, with neat features like a built-in trackball for controlling the cursor, but they also proved a commercial hit.
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