Apple - Thirty Years of Mac - 1984

1984 – Macintosh

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The one that started it all — the original Macintosh — wasn’t just a computer. It was a declaration that the power of the computer now belonged to 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.

Released January 1, 1985 - Macintosh XL

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The design of the Macintosh XL was based on the predecessor of the original Macintosh, the Apple Lisa. Modified to run the Mac operating system, the Macintosh XL featured 1MB of RAM, a 400K disk drive, and a beautiful (for the time) 12-inch monochrome display.

Introduced January 16, 1986 - Macintosh Plus

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The first expandable Macintosh, it introduced the SCSI port to the Mac, enabling the connection of external hard drives, scanners, modems, and printers. Thanks to Apple’s new LocalTalk networking technology, anyone with PageMaker software and a LaserWriter printer could design and print documents with beautiful text and graphics. Desktop publishing was born.

Released March 2, 1987 - Macintosh II

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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.

Released September 19, 1988 - Macintosh IIx

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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.

Introduced September 20, 1989 - Macintosh Portable

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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.

Introduced October 15, 1990 - Macintosh LC

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The Macintosh LC dramatically lowered the price of a color-capable Mac, making it available to many more people. Color opened a new world of possibilities, letting users create things they could only imagine before. This computer also introduced built-in audio input to the Mac, making it easier to treat sound as a powerful creative tool.

Introduced October 21, 1991 - PowerBook

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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.

Released May 18, 1992 - Macintosh Quadra 950

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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.

Released October 25, 1993 - Macintosh TV

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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.

Released May 16, 1994 - PowerBook 540c

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As the Macintosh turned 10 years old, it showed no signs of slowing down. The PowerBook 540c wasn’t just the first PowerBook with an LCD display and Ethernet — it introduced the revolutionary trackpad that’s still used in notebooks today.

Released August 8, 1995 - Power Macintosh 8500

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The Power Macintosh 8500 looked and sounded like nothing else. It was the world’s first personal computer with AV import and export capability, enabling near-broadcast-quality video and audio — and jump-starting the popularity of the Mac with video professionals.

Released October 1, 1996 - PowerBook 1400

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Underneath the gray exterior of the PowerBook 1400 was something truly different: a CD drive. For the first time, a portable computer could work with high-resolution video and advanced audio.

Released March 20, 1997 - Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh

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This Macintosh, celebrating Apple’s 20th birthday, wasn’t like other computers of the day. In fact, it wasn’t like any other Macintosh. It was personally delivered and set up by a white-glove concierge service. With its unique form and custom Bose sound system, it represented a futuristic vision of the desktop computer.

Launched August 15, 1998 - iMac

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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.

Introduced August 31, 1999 - Power Mac G4

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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.

Updated September 13, 2000 - iBook

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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.

Launched January 9, 2001 - PowerBook G4

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The titanium PowerBook G4 was a big departure from the previous black curvilinear models. It was the world’s first widescreen notebook. And it shipped with Mac OS X, a complete reengineering of the operating system that introduced the Aqua user interface and the Dock. The year 2001 also brought iTunes, which would go on to revolutionize the music industry.

Released January 7, 2002 - iMac

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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.

Introduced June 24, 2003 - Power Mac G5

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The Power Mac G5 was the first desktop computer with 64-bit architecture. It also introduced the tower design that would define pro computing in the years to come. Inside its beautiful anodized aluminum chassis was amazing power and expandability and the engine that would propel a decade of creativity.

Released October 19, 2004 - iBook G4

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This year brought much faster performance to the iBook notebooks, which now sported a glossy white polycarbonate case. And GarageBand joined iPhoto and iMovie to complete the iLife suite of apps, giving every Mac user the tools to be creative with photos, videos, and music.

Released October 12, 2005 - iMac G5

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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.

Introduced January 10, 2006 - MacBook Pro

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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.

Released August 7, 2007 - iMac

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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.

Introduced January 15, 2008 - MacBook Air

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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.

Introduced October 20, 2009 - iMac

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This was the year widescreen came to the desktop. The iMac was also the first Mac to come with the Magic Mouse, which enabled the use of Multi-Touch gestures to intuitively scroll through documents, pan across web pages, and swipe through photos.

Released October 20, 2010 - MacBook Air

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This year saw a complete rethinking and reengineering of the MacBook Air. It was the first notebook designed entirely around flash storage, which made it faster and more durable and allowed more space for a longer-lasting battery. And for the first time, the MacBook Air came in a compact 11-inch version weighing just 2.3 pounds.

Released February 24, 2011 - MacBook Pro

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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.

Introduced June 11, 2012 - MacBook Pro (with Retina display)

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This was the first Mac that featured the Retina display. It provided a stunning 2880-by-1800 resolution, where individual pixels couldn’t be discerned with the human eye. This display let Mac users see more detail than ever before, and it had a huge impact on photography, design, and moviemaking.

Updated September 24, 2013 - iMac

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Introduced in late 2012 and updated the following year, the iMac was just 5 millimeters at its edge and made everything behind its display seem to disappear. It was the culmination of years of design exploration, attempting to distill the iMac down to its most essential form — a big, beautiful display with nothing to distract from it. The result was a deeply immersive experience.

2014 – Mac Pro Creating the future

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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.