Chronology of Apple Computer Personal Computers

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2000

January 5
  • At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer publicly demonstrates Mac OS X for the first time. [2605.279]
  • At the Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs announces that he is accepting the position as full-time CEO of Apple Computer. [1559] [1735.44] [1886.71] [2605.298]
January
  • eMachines agrees to Apple Computer's demand to stop manufacturing and sale of the eOne computer. [2605.298]
  • Judge John Koeltl of US District Court of New York dismisses a lawsuit of Imatec against Apple Computer over ColorSync software. [1623.19]
February
  • Apple Computer begins shipping an iBook computer featuring 64 MB RAM, 300 MHz G3 processor, 6 GB hard drive, 24X CD-ROM drive, built-in 10.100 BaseT Ethernet, 56Kbps modem, 2X AGP ATI Rage Mobility graphics controller with 4 MB RAM, USB port, 12.1-inch 800x600 resolution active matrix display, tangerine or blueberry color case, for US$1599. [1127.66] [1718.36]
  • Apple Computer begins shipping the iBook Special Edition, like the regular iBook but with 366 MHz G3 processor, graphite and ice color case, for US$1799. [1127.66] [1718.36]
(month unknown)
  • Apple Computer introduces the PowerBook G3/500 portable computer. It features 500 MHz G3 processor, 128 MB RAM, ATI Rage Mobility 128 graphics controller, 6 GB hard drive, DVD-ROM drive. Price is US$3499. [1718.32]
March 8
  • Apple Computer settles lawsuits out-of-court against Future Power over E-Power computers that Apple claimed copied the look of Apple's iMac. [1559] [2605.298]
March 17
  • In Iowa, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pratt dismisses a lawsuit by Microware Systems against Apple Computer, which claimed trademark violation by Apple of Microware's OS 9 operating system. [1559] (March 15 [2605.280])
March 23
  • Apple Computer stock peaks at $75.19. [2605.299]
March 28
  • Microsoft releases the Internet Explorer 5 Web browser for Apple Macintosh computers. The software requires Mac OS 7.6.1 or later. New features include a new rendering engine, 50 percent faster than version 4.5, and more accurate rendering. [1559] [1717.25]
January-March
  • Market share of personal computers in the US during January to March: Dell Computer 17.5%, Compaq Computer 16.5%, Hewlett-Packard 12.2%, Gateway 9%, Emachines 4.5%, Apple Computer 4.4%. [1559]
(month unknown)
  • Apple Computer introduces the Power Macintosh G4/500 computer. It features DVD-RAM drive, 256 MB RAM, graphite case, two USB ports, three FireWire ports, 27 MB hard drive, Zip drive, three PCI slots, ATI Rage 128 Pro AGP graphics, keyboard, mouse. Price is US$3499. [1719.38]
May 15
  • In San Jose, California, the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is held. [1091.20] [1559]
  • At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple Computer releases Mac OS X DR 4 (fourth developer release) to 4000 software developers. [1091.20] [1559]
May
  • Corel announces it will no longer develop WordPerfect for the Macintosh. [1595.28] [1720.33] [2226.18]
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(month unknown)
  • Apple Canada releases the PowerBook portable computer, with PowerPC G3 processor at speeds of 400 MHz or 500 MHz. Prices are CDN$3699 and CDN$5199 respectively. [1055.45]
July 18
  • Circuit City Stores announces it will again carry Apple Computer's Macintosh computer products. The company dropped the Apple line three years ago. [1748.104]
  • In New York City, New York, the Macworld Expo / New York trade show is held, over three days. [1127.66] [1247.70] [1717.102] [1748.102]
July 19
  • At the Macworld Expo show, Apple Computer introduces the PowerMac G4 Cube. It features 450 MHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine, 64 MB RAM, 20 GB hard drive, DVD drive, two FireWire ports, two USB ports, 10/100Base-T Ethernet, 56 kbps v.90 modem. The main system unit is enclosed in an 8-inch clear case, with air flow designed to eliminate the need for a cooling fan. Price is US$1799. Price for a 500 MHz version is US$2299. [1050.33] [1180.76] [1236.99] [1559] [1884.22] [2605.299]
  • At the Macworld Expo show, Apple Computer announces a new low-cost iMac computer. It features 350 MHz processor, 64 MB RAM, 7.5 GB hard drive, CD-ROM drive, in indigo blue case. Price is to be US$799 when the system ships in September. [1180.76] [1559]
  • At the Macworld Expo show, Apple Computer announces the Apple Pro Mouse, with no buttons, and an elliptical shape. [1180.76] [1559]
  • Apple Computer begins shipping the first personal computers with standard dual processors, the Power Mac G4 with dual 450 or 500 MHz processors. [1559]
  • Apple Computer releases the iMac DV computer. It features a 400 MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 64 MB RAM, FireWire connector, iMovie2 software, AirPort wireless networking support. It is available in an indigo or ruby color case. Price is US$999. [1046.36] [1180.76] [1559]
  • Apple Computer releases the iMac DV plus computer. It features a 450 MHz PowerPC G3 processor, FireWire connector, 64 MB RAM, 20 GB hard drive, DVD-ROM drive, iMovie2 software, AirPort wireless networking support. It is available in an indigo, sage, or ruby color case. Price is US$1299. [1046.36] [1180.76] [1559]
  • Apple Computer releases the iMac DV Special Edition computer. It features a 500 MHz PowerPC G3 processor, FireWire connector, 128 MB RAM, 30 GB hard drive, iMovie2 software, AirPort wireless networking support. It is available in a graphite or snow color case. Price is US$1499. [1046.36] [1180.76] [1559]
(month unknown)
  • Apple Computer announces that profits for the latest quarter year will not meet expectations. (Apple stock price drops by half in one day.) [1722.11]
  • Apple Computer introduces an updated iMac computer, with 350 MHz G3 processor and indigo case. Price is US$799. [1722.106]
  • Apple Computer introduces an updated iMac Special Edition computer, with 400 MHz G3 processor, FireWire port, video-out port, CD-ROM drive, and indigo or ruby case. Price is US$999. [1722.106]
September 1
  • Apple Computer begins shipping the new iMac computer. It features a 350 MHz PowerPC G3 processor. It is availble in an indigo blue color case. Price is US$1199. [1046.36] [1559]
September 13
  • Apple Computer releases the Mac OS X Public Beta. Price is US$29.95. [11.41] [14.24] [1705.34] [1880.20] [1886.71] [1918.45] [2605.280]
September
  • Apple Computer introduces a new iBook computer. It features 366-MHz G3 processor, 64 MB RAM, 10 GB hard drive, ATI Rage Mobility 128 with 8 MB SDRAM, CD-ROM drive, 56 kbps modem, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, USB port, FireWire port, Video out port, 12.1-inch display, iMovie 2 software, case colored indigo or key lime. Price is US$1499. [1722.26]
  • Apple Computer introduces a new iBook Special Edition computer. It is similar to the regular iBook, but with 466 MHz G3 processor, DVD-ROM drive, and case colored graphite or key lime. Price is US$1799. [1722.26]
September 28
  • Apple Computer announces it will fall short of revenue and profit expectations for the period July to September. The price of Apple stock drops 52% to US$25. [1753.58]
(month unknown)
  • The October issue of Playboy magazine shows the cover model holding an Apple Computer iBook SE portable computer. [1722.27]
  • Paul Somerson, vice president of Ziff Davis Development, predicts in the January 2001 issue of Ziff Davis Smart Business for the new Economy that Apple Computer will cease to exist in 2004. [1464.25]
November 3
  • Columbia Pictures releases the film Charlie's Angels to theaters in the USA and Canada. The motherboard of an Apple PowerMac G3 can be seen as part of a mainframe computer. [2253]
(month unknown)
  • Sears, Roebuck & Company drops the entire Apple Computer line from its stores. [1761.45]
December 3
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A scene takes place in a computer store. One computer looks like a new Apple Macintosh, with front carrying handle. [1981]
October-December
  • Unit shipments of Apple Computer Power Mac G4 Cube during October to December: 29,000. [1559]
Year
  • Shipments of Apple Computer iMac computers worldwide during the year: 1.6 million. [1559]

2001

January 9
  • The MacWorld exposition and conference is held in San Francisco. Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs unveils Mac OS X operating system, and a new line of G4 computers with Nvidia Geforce 2 MX graphics processors. [1119.3] [1559] [1595.37]
  • At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer announces the Titanium PowerBook G4 notebook. It features titanium case, 15.2-in 1152x768 pixel display, 8 MB ATI Rage Mobility 128 graphics processor, DVD drive, modem and network ports, USB and FireWire ports, 802.11 wireless networking, 128 or 256 MB RAM, 10 or 20 GB hard drive, and 400 or 500 MHz G4 processor. Size is 13.4 x 9.5 x 1 inches; weight is 5.3 pounds; price is US$2599-$3499. [1559] [1595.36] [2605.299]
February 19
  • Apple Computer begins shipping the 733 MHz Power Mac with CD/DVD writer. [1559]
February 21
  • At the Macworld Expo in Tokyo, Japan, Apple Computer introduces the iMac Special Edition, available in Flower Power, Dalmatian Blue, or Graphite designs. It features 500 or 600 MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 64 or 128 MB RAM, 256 kB Level 2 cache, 8x/4x/24x CD-RW drive, 15-inch monitor. Price is US$1199-1499. [1224.17] [1559]
  • At the Macworld Expo in Tokyo, Japan, Apple Computer introduces the new Nvidia GeForce3TM graphics processor for Macintosh computers. [1559]
February
  • At the Macworld Expo trade show, Steve Jobs and John Carmack debut Doom III. [2347.31]
March 11
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US. In the year 3000, a computer accesses the Internet, and loads and displays a video clip in a window looking very much like the Apple Computer Mac OS. [1962]
March 23
  • Apple Computer issues firmware updates to make many of its Macintosh systems compatible with the Mac OS X operating system. [1559]
March 24
  • Apple Computer begins selling the Mac OS X 10.0 operating system, for US$129. Code-name during development was Cheetah. [1119.3] [1467.54] [1559] [1595.38] [1880.136] [1886.72] [1897.132] [1918.45] [2605.280]
January-March
  • Unit shipments of Apple Computer Power Mac G4 Cube during January to March: 12,000. [1559]
April 13
  • Apple Computer stops sales of the Power Mac G4 667 computer. [1559]
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X 10.0.1. [1559]
May 1
  • Apple Computer unveils a new iBook laptop computer. It features 500 MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 1024x768 resolution 12-inch screen, 64-128 MB RAM, 10-20 GB hard drive, FireWire and USB ports, and CD/DVD drive. Weight is 4.9 pounds; thickness is 1.3 inches. Prices range from US$1299 to US$2099. [1559] [1770.22] [1901.26]
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X version 10.0.2. The main new feature is the ability to burn CDs. [1559]
May 10
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X version 10.0.3. [1559]
May 13
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A personal computer appears, looking like the Apple Computer iMac. [2080]
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US. A personal computer appears, looking just like the original 1984 Apple Computer Macintosh, with built-in monitor, keyboard, and diskette drive. [1965]
May 15
  • Apple Computer announces the intent to open 25 retail stores across the US in 2001. [2605.299]
May 19
  • Apple Computer launches its first retail store, in McLean, Virginia. [1559] [1761.44] [1883.28]
(month unknown)
  • Apple Computer releases the 733 MHz Power Mac G4, with CD-RW/DVD-R drive, 256 kB L2 cache, 1 MB L3 backside cache, 256 MB RAM, 60 GB hard drive, iTunes jukebox software, iMovie video editing software, for US$4649. [1123.29]
June 22
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X version 10.0.4. Updates include improved support for USB devices and CD writing with iTunes, improved battery life for PowerBook G3 notebooks, and support for Apple's 17-inch flat-panel monitor. [1559]
July 3
  • Apple Computer halts production of its Power Mac G4 Cube, due to slow sales. [1559] [1886.72]
July 18
  • Apple Computer announces the Power Mac G4/867. It features 867 MHz processor, 133 MHz system bus, 2 MB Level 3 cache, four 33 MHz PCI slots, 4x AGP slot, three DIMM slots, SuperDrive (DVD-R and CD-RW), 60 GB hard drive, Mac OS 9.2, Mac OS X 10.0.4, 128 MB RAM. Price is US$2499. [1645.24]
August 16
  • Be announces it will be acquired by Palm for US$11 million. (In 1996, Apple Computer offered US$125 million for the company.) [1559]
August 20
  • Apple Computer begins shipping a Power Mac G4 computer with dual 800 MHz PowerPC G4 processors, CD-RW/DVD-R SuperDrive, 256 MB RAM, and 80 GB hard drive. Price is US$3499. [1559]
September 29
  • Apple Computer releases the Mac OS X 10.1 operating system. New features include DVD movie playback, ability to burn DVD RW discs from Finder, and faster launch of programs. Upgrade price is US$19.99 from Apple (free until October 31 in stores); full package costs US$129. Code-name during development was Puma [1559] [1645.20] [1880.20] [1886.72] [1918.45]
September 30
  • In fiscal year, Apple Computer sold 649,000 Power Mac G4 computers. [1875.20]
October 1
  • Apple Computer releases a new iMac computer to retail outlets. It features 64 MB memory, and CD-ROM drive. Price is US$799. [1559]
November
  • Corel releases the CorelDraw 10 and Photo-Paint 10 software for the Mac OS X. [2226.18]
December 2
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. Two computers appear among stolen items; one appears to be an Apple Computer. [2081]
Year
  • Shipments of Apple Computer iMac computers worldwide during the year: 1.2 million. [1559]

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