Chronology of Apple Computer Personal Computers

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1992

January
  • The Federal Trade Commission gives IBM and Apple Computer approval to proceed with co-establishing the Taligent and Kaleida companies. [1294.36]
January 9
  • At the Winter Consumer Electronics Show, Apple Computer chairman John Sculley coins the term Personal Digital Assistant, referring to handheld computers that typically operate via a stylus on a LCD display. Sculley announces that Apple will enter the consumer-electronics market by the end of the year. [1300.D4] [1809.67] [1810.49]
February
  • Novell Vice President of Strategic Marketing Darrell Miller meets with Apple software managers to propose porting the Mac OS to run on Intel machines. [2605.227]
February (month)
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Flight Simulator. [2313.66]
March
  • Apple Computer introduces the CD150 CD drive, replacing the AppleCD SC Plus. [423.144]
  • Apple Computer and IBM found Taligent, to work on a platform-independent operating system. [206.289] [400.6] (1991 October [205.95] [399.32] [431.87])
  • At the CeBIT trade show, NuTek Computers demonstrates a Macintosh-compatible system board with a 68030 processor. The system runs a Motif-based operating system. [1057.25] [1067.10]
  • Apple Computer announces the Macintosh LC II, replacing the Macintosh LC in the US. The LC II uses a 16 MHz Motorola 68030, and comes with 4 MB RAM, 256 kB video RAM, and a 40 MB hard drive, for US$1700. With 512 kB video RAM, and an 80 MB hard drive, the price is US$2050. [46] [75] [418.137] [1057.45]
April 14
  • US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker makes a ruling in the Apple Computer versus Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard lawsuit, stating that most of the elements in Apple Computer's suit were covered by Apple Computer's agreement with Microsoft, or were not copyrightable. [712.51] [759.34] [1058.28] [1299.438] [2605.173]
April
  • Apple Computer releases the A/UX v3.0 operating system. It combines System 7.0 with AT&T's UNIX System V release 2 version 2, and BSD Unix 4.3 enhancements, and X Window System (X11 2.1.1 and MacX). [712.221] [1093.283]
(month unknown)
  • Apple Computer and Sharp announce an agreement to co-develop a personal digital assistant, based on Apple's software and Sharp's hardware. [420.125]
May
  • AutoDesk ships AutoCAD Release 11 for the Macintosh. [632.178]
  • Apple Computer introduces the 33 MHz 68040-based Macintosh Quadra 950 (replacing the Quadra 900). It includes 8 MB of RAM, 230/400 MB hard drive options, and 24-bit video supporting 19-inch color monitors. Prices range from US$7200-9200. [46] [75] [420.149] [759.241]
May 29
  • At the Spring Consumer Electronics Show, Apple Computer announces the Newton pen input device. Features include: multitasking NewtOS operating system, ARM 610 processor, one PCMCIA 2.0 card slot, 7 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch size, 3 x 6 inch screen, and weight of under one pound. [421.129] [1058.63] [2605.192]
June
  • Microsoft releases Microsoft Excel 4.0 for the Macintosh. This is the first major application to support AppleScript. [706.42] [754.18]
  • Mass Microsystems begins shipping its FloptiPak 21 21 MB Floptical drive for the Macintosh. Price is US$700. [423.117]
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July
  • Apple Computer discontinues the PowerBook 100. [75]
August
  • US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker rejects Apple Computer's request to reconsider his April ruling in the Apple Computer versus Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard lawsuit. [712.51] [759.34]
  • Apple Computer introduces the PowerBook 145, replacing the PowerBook 140. It features a backlit supertwist LCD display, 25 MHz 68030 processor, System 7 operating system, 4 MB RAM, 40 MB hard drive, and weighs 6.8 pounds. Price is US$2149. [46] [75] [423.113] [578.201] (Price: US$2399 [759.53])
  • The number of users of Apple Computer's System 7 reaches 4 million. [46]
August (month)
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Sim City Supreme. [1533.208]
(month unknown)
  • Apple Computer demonstrates its speech-recognition technology, code-named Casper. [712.272]
September
  • Apple Computer launches the Performa Line, designed for mass merchandisers and superstores. The Performa 600 features a 32 MHz Motorola MC68030 processor, socket for 68882 FPU, three NuBus slots, 160 MB hard drive, accelerator slot, SuperDrive 3.5-inch floppy drive, 4 MB RAM, and 512 kB video RAM. [46] [75] [577.111] [578.206] [759.52]
  • Apple Computer renames the Macintosh LC II the Performa 400. [577.111] [759.52]
  • Apple Computer renames the Macintosh Classic II the Performa 200. [577.111] [759.52]
  • Apple Computer receives its first PowerPC 601 processor for testing. [584.173]
  • Apple Computer year-end revenue: US$7.1 billion. [632.25]
September (month)
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Sim City Supreme. [2305.192]
October
  • Apple Computer ships System 7.1 operating system, for the Macintosh. [632.239] [718.237] [719.26,31]
  • Apple Computer releases an update to QuickTime, adding support for text tracks. [884.64]
  • Apple Computer reports net annual income of US$573 million. [75]
  • Apple Computer begins direct mail order sales. [46] [75]
  • Apple Computer's "Cognac" project team first successfully boots up a prototype Power Macintosh using a Power PC 601 processor. [584.173]
  • Apple Computer introduces and ships the PowerBook 160. It features a 10-inch 16-grayscale backlit supertwist LCD display, 25 MHz 68030 processor, System 7 operating system, 4 MB RAM (expandable to 14 MB), 512 kB video RAM, direct external color monitor port, 40 MB hard drive, SuperDrive floppy drive, and weighs 6.8 pounds. Price is US$2429. [46] [75] [578.201] [696.46] [684.135] [718.237]
  • Apple Computer introduces and ships the PowerBook 180, replacing the PowerBook 170. It features a 10-inch active-matrix 16-grayscale LCD display, 33 MHz 68030 processor, 68882 math coprocessor, SuperDrive floppy drive, external color monitor port, 4 MB RAM, and 80 MB hard drive. Weight is 6.8 pounds. Price is US$3869. [46] [75] [684.135] [718.237]
  • Apple Computer introduces the Macintosh PowerBook Duo systems, consisting of a 4.2-pound portable computer, and a Macintosh Duo Dock desktop docking station. [46] [75] [578.193] [581.102,217]
  • Apple Computer introduces and ships the Macintosh PowerBook Duo 210, featuring a 25 MHz Motorola MC68030 processor, 4 MB RAM, 80 MB hard drive, 640x480 grayscale 9.1-inch diagonal supertwist LCD screen, for US$2249. Weight is 4.2 pounds. [46] [75] [578.193] [684.144] [696.46] [718.237]
  • Apple Computer introduces and ships the Macintosh PowerBook Duo 230, featuring a 33 MHz Motorola MC68030 processor, 4 MB RAM, 80 MB hard drive, 640x480 grayscale 9.1-inch diagonal supertwist LCD screen, for US$2609. Weight is 4.2 pounds. [46] [75] [578.193] [684.144] [696.46] [718.237]
  • Apple Computer introduces and ships the Macintosh IIvx, which is a Macintosh Performa 600 with a 68882 math coprocessor and 32 kB of cache RAM. It features a 33 MHz 68030, 4 MB RAM (upgradeable to 68 MB), 3 NuBus slots, 80 MB hard drive, 512 kB VRAM, optional AppleCD 300i CD-ROM drive, for US$2949. [46] [75] [578.206] [696.46] [684.126] [718.237] [1205.36]
  • Apple Computer introduces the Macintosh IIvi. It features a 16 MHz 68030, 4 MB RAM, 3 NuBus slots, 40 MB hard drive, System 7.1, for US$2600. [46] [75] [696.46]
  • One year after the introduction of Apple Computer's PowerBook, sales of US$1 billion make it the first personal computer to break that threshold. More than 400,000 PowerBooks have been shipped. [75] [632.25] [618.324]
October 31
  • A group of four engineers from Novell and 14 from Apple complete a working proof-of-concept of a the Mac OS running on an Intel 486 PC. The project is code-named "Star Trek". [2605.229]
October (month)
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Prince of Persia. [2306.160]
(month unknown)
  • Apple Computer introduces the DuoDock for the PowerBook Duo 210/230 computers. It includes a floppy disk drive, 3.5-inch hard drive bay, two NuBus slots, FPU socket, space for VRAM, and various I/O ports. [684.149]
November
  • Apple Computer announces QuickTime for Windows. [46] [75] [120]
November (month)
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Prince of Persia. [1535.144]
December 4
  • Apple executive staff approves proceeding with porting the Mac OS to operate natively on Intel processors. [2605.230]
December
  • Apple Computer discontinues the Apple IIgs. [75]
  • Apple Computer agrees to pay minimum $15 million in royalty fees to America Online over 5 years, and $2.5 million to fund a Macintosh interface to a new online service run by Apple. [2605.149]
December (month)
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Prince of Persia. [2307.176]
Year
  • Apple Computer sales for the year: US$7.0 billion. [958.42]
  • Market share of personal computer shipments in the USA for the year: IBM 10%, Apple Computer 12-13.4%, Compaq 5.6%. [958.48] [1958.44]
  • Apple Computer shipments of the Macintosh operating system for the year: over 6 million copies. [915.27]

End of 1992. Next: 1993.
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