Chronology of Apple Computer Personal Computers

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2002

January 7
  • In San Francisco, California, the Macworld Conference and Expo is held, over five days. [1596.87] [1645.83]
  • At the Macworld trade show, Apple Computer announces new iMac computers, with a 15-inch flat-panel screen attached by a pivoting arm to a 10.5-inch diameter dome. The feature 700 to 800 MHz PowerPC G4 processor, 128 to 256 MB RAM, 40 to 60 GB hard drive, CD-RW drive or DVD writer, 10/100 network port. Prices of the three models are US$1299, US$1399, and US$1799. [1259.20] [1559] [1772.69] [1873.22] [2212.21]
  • At the Macworld trade show, Apple Computer introduces a new iBook portable computer with 14-inch flat-panel display. [2212.21]
  • At the Macworld trade show, Apple Computer introduces the iPhoto software. [2212.21]
  • Apple Computer announces that Mac OS X would be the default operating system on all new Macs. [2605.280]
January 28
  • Apple Computer begins shipping a Power Mac with two 1 GHz processors. It features 512 MB RAM, 80 GB hard drive. Price is US$2999. [1559] [2212.21]
  • Apple Computer begins shipping a Power Mac with a 933 MHz processor. It features 256 MB RAM, 60 GB hard drive, DVD recording drive, Nvidia GeForce 4 MX graphics card. Price is US$2299. [1559]
  • Apple Computer begins shipping a Power Mac with a 800 MHz PowerPC processor. It features 256 MB RAM, 40 GB hard drive, CD-RW drive, ATI Radeon 7500 graphics card. Price is US$1599. [1559]
February 12
  • Apple Computer previews QuickTime 6 and QuickTime Broadcaster. [2212.21]
February
  • Apple Computer buys the Nothing Real company, maker of the Shake compositing software. [1259.24]
February 20
  • Apple Computer releases the Mac OS 10.1.3 operating system. New additions include support for several digital cameras and CD burners. [1559]
March 7
  • Apple Computer announces the one millionth download of iPhoto software. [2212.21]
March 14
  • Apple Computer introduces the Remote Desktop. [2212.21]
March 20
  • In Tokyo, Japan, the Mac Expo Tokyo trade show is held. [2212.23]
  • At the Mac Expo in Tokyo, Japan, Apple Computer introduces the Cinema HD Display and previews Bluetooth wireless communications. [2212.23]
March 31
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US. A video commercial is a parody of the 1984 advertisement for the Apple Macintosh computer. [1968]
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April 4
  • Apple Computer acquires the Zayante company. [2212.23]
April 7
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US. A portable computer appears, looking like an Apple Computer model. [2276]
April 19
  • At auction, an Apple I computer with 9-inch amber monitor and Magnavox cassette player, sells for US$14,000. [1559] (April 21 [2605.7])
April 29
  • Apple Computer announces the Apple eMac computer, for the educational market only. It features 700 MHz G4 processor, 128 MB CDROM, 40 GB hard drive, CD-RW drive, 17-inch monitor, nVidia GeForce2 MX video card, five USB ports, two FireWire ports, built-in speakers and microphone, keyboard, mouse, OS X 10.1.5. Price is US$1099. [1276.36] [1559] [1873.34] [1886.72] [2212.23]
  • Apple Computer updates PowerBook G4 computers. [2212.23]
May 6
  • In San Jose, California, the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is held. Steve Jobs unveils the latest Mac OS version, code-named Jaguar, and the iChat software. QuickTime 6 and QuickTime Broadcaster are released to developers. [1281.27] [1871.18] [2212.23]
May 8
  • Apple Computer releases the iPhoto 1.1 software. [2212.23]
June 4
  • Apple Computer makes the eMac computer available to consumers. [2212.25]
  • Apple Computer releases a public preview version of QuickTime 6. [2212.25]
June
  • Apple Computer buys the Silicon Grail company. [1259.24]
  • Apple Computer buys the Prismo Graphics company, maker of the India Titler Pro software. [1259.24]
April-June
  • Market share of personal computers in the USA during April to June: Apple Computer 4.5%. [1956.44]
(month unknown)
  • In the USA, the Industrial Design Excellence Awards are decided: Gold Award for Apple Computer for its retail stores; Gold Award for Apple Computer iMac computer. [1949.83]
July 1
  • Apple Computer buys the Emagic company, maker of the Logic audio software. [1259.24] [2212.25]
July 15
  • Apple Computer releases QuickTime 6 digital media software. A major new feature is the inclusion of MPEG-4 support. [1559]
  • In New York City, the Macworld Conference and Expo is held, over five days. [1259.22] [1452.66] [1871.74] [2198.13] [2202.60]
July 17
  • At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer introduces a new iMac computer with 17-inch flat panel display. Other features: 800 MHz PowerPC G4 with 256 kB L2 cache, 256 MB SDRAM, 80 GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce4 MX with 32 MB VRAM, SuperDrive, speakers, 1440x900 graphics, 56 Kbps modem, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet. Price is US$1999. [1559] [1646.53] [1873.22] [2203.19] [2212.25]
July
  • Corel releases the CorelDraw Graphics Suite 11 for the Macintosh. Price is US$529. [2198.17] [2203.14]
August 13
  • Apple Computer announces 1 GHz Power Mac computer. [1886.72] [2212.25]
August
  • The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards an Emmy to Apple Computer for its Final Cut Pro video-editing software. [1559]
August 23
  • Apple Computer launches Mac OS X 10.2 operating system. New features include instant-messaging client iChat, and handwriting recognition technology Inkwell. Price is US$129 for single user, or US$199 for a five-user package. Code-name during development was Jaguar. For the first time since the original Macintosh launch in January 1984, the "Happy Mac" icon is not part of the start-up sequence. It has been replaced by a silver-gray Apple icon. [1559] [1582.8] [1880.20] [1886.72] [2212.25] (August 24 [1646.8] [1873.25]) (August 13 [1918.45])
September 10
  • At the Apple Expo in Paris, France, Apple Computer announces that Mac computers shipping in January will boot to Mac OS X only. [2212.27] [2605.280]
September 17
  • General Magic company announces it is ceasing operations. [2605.187]
September 30
  • During the fiscal year, Apple Computer sold 766,000 Power Mac G4 computers. [1875.20]
July-September
  • Market share of personal computers worldwide during July to September: Apple Computer 2.3%. [1559]
  • Market share of personal computers in the US during July to September: Apple Computer 3.8%. [1559] [1956.44]
  • Shipments of Apple Macintosh computers worldwide during July to September: 736,000. [2181.11]
  • Shipments of Apple Power Mac computers worldwide during July to September: 176,000. [2181.11]
October 15
  • Apple Computer announces the 25 millionth download of QuickTime 6. [2212.27]
October 17
  • Apple Computer offers Mac OS X free to teachers of Kindergarten to grade 12 in the USA. [2212.27]
November 6
  • Apple Computer upgrades iBook and PowerBook G4. [2212.27]
December 5
  • IDG cancels Mac Expo Tokyo due to the pullout of several large companies. [2212.27]
October-December
  • Market share of personal computers worldwide during October to December: Apple Computer 2%. [1559]
  • Market share of personal computers in the US during October to December: Apple Computer 3.1%. [1559]

2003

January 6
  • In San Francisco, California, the Macworld Conference and Expo is held, over five days. [1259.58] [1646.58] [1874.68] [2213.21]
January 7
  • At the Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs unveils the Safari Web browser for Macintosh computers. The software is available as a free download. Jobs also introduces the Keynote presentation software, available for US$99. [1559]
  • At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer debuts the iLife application suite, with iPhoto 2, iDVD 3, iMovie 3, iTunes 3, and Safari Web browser. [1886.72] [1958.44] [2213.21]
  • At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer introduces a PowerBook G4 with 17-inch display. It features 1 GHz G4 processor with 1 MB L3 cache, 167 MHz bus, 512 MB RAM, 1440 x 900 resolution display, Gigabit Ethernet, AirPort Extreme, SuperDrive, 60 GB hard drive, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, PCMCIA slot, nVidia GeForce4 440 Go with 64 MB RAM. Battery life is about 4.5 hours. Prices start at US$3299; size is 15.4 x 10.2 x 1 inch; weight is 6.8 pounds. [2213.21]
  • At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer introduces a PowerBook G4 with 12-inch display. It features 867 MHz G4 processor with 256 KB L2 cache, 133 MHz bus, 256 MB RAM, 1024 x 768 resolution display, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, AirPort Extreme, Combo Drive, 60 GB hard drive, FireWire 400, nVidia GeForce4 420 Go with 32 MB RAM. Battery life is about 5 hours. Price is US$1799; size is 10.9 x 8.6 x 1.18 inches; weight is 4.6 pounds. [2213.21]
  • At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer introduces FireWire 800, with maximum distance 100 metres, and speed 800 Mbps. [1776.38] [2213.21]
January 28
  • Apple Computer announces a new high-end Power Mac. It features dual 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processors, 512 MB RAM, 120 GB hard drive, 4X DVD SuperDrive, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card, 56 kbps modem, USB 1.1, Ethernet, Mac OS 10.2.3, FireWire 800, and iLife digital media suite. Price is US$2699. [1559]
  • Apple Computer announces a new low-end Power Mac. It features 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 256 MB RAM, 60 GB hard drive, CD-RW/DVD drive, 64 MB Nvidia GeForce 4MX graphics card, 56 kbps modem, USB 1.1, Ethernet, Mac OS 10.2.3, FireWire 800, and iLife digital media suite. Price is US$1499. [1559]
  • Apple Computer announces a new midrange Power Mac. It features dual 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processors, 256 MB RAM, 80 GB hard drive, CD-RW/DVD drive, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card, 56 kbps modem, USB 1.1, Ethernet, Mac OS 10.2.3, FireWire 800, and iLife digital media suite. Price is US$1999. [1559]
(month unknown)
  • PC Magazine columnist John Dvorak predicts that Apple Computer will switch the processor of its computers to the Intel Itanium within the next 12-18 months. [1441.57]
March 18
  • Apple Computer removes the original CRT-based iMac from its main online store, effectively discontinuing the product. [1559]
January-March
  • Shipments of Apple Macintosh computers worldwide during January to March: 711,000. [1909.34]
(month unknown)
  • Apple Computer releases another iMac model. It features 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 1 GB DDR266 SDRAM, 80 GB hard drive, CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW SuperDrive, modem, Ethernet, 1440x900 resolution 17-inch widescreen display, Mac OS X v10.2, Nvidia GeForce4 MX graphics processor with 64 MB DDR RAM. Price is US$1799. [1777.25]
April
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X 10.2.5 operating system, with several minor updates and additions. It is available as a free download, or for US$19.95 on CD-ROM. [1559]
April 22
  • Apple Computer releases updated iBook computers. They feature 800 or 900 MHz G3 processor, 12.1- or 14.1-inch LCD screen, 30 or 40 GB hard drive. [1908.200]
April 28
  • Apple Computer launches the online iTunes Music Store Web site in the USA. It supports the AAC file format for song downloads. [2181.15] [2304.19] [2605.302]
May 6
  • Apple Computer releases updated eMac computers. They feature 800 - 1 GHz G4 processor, 40 or 80 GB hard drive, 17-inch monitor. [1908.200]
May
  • Apple Computer launches the Power Macintosh G5 desktop computer. It features IBM PowerPC 970 processor, and Mac OS X operating system. [1863.18]
June 11
  • MacSoft / Destineer releases the Unreal Tournament 2003 game for the Macintosh in the USA. Price is US$49.99. [2214.38]
June
  • Quark releases the QuarkXPress 6.0 software for the Mac OS X. [2180.15]
June 23
  • In San Jose, California, Apple Computer holds its Worldwide Developers' Conference, over five days. Apple Computer announces new Power Mac G5 computers with Power PC 970 processors operating at up to 2 GHz. The computers are scheduled to be available in August. Steve Jobs also shows a new version of the Mac OS X 10.3, code-named Panther. [1559] [1879.24] [1880.20] [1885.22] [1903.23] [2092.38] [2180.20] [2181.71] [2605.303]
June 26
  • Apple Computer releases updated Power Mac G4 computers. They feature single or dual 1.25 GHz G4 processors, single 80 GB to dual 160 GB hard drives. [1908.200]
September 8
  • Apple Computer introduces two new iMac computers. They feature 1 or 1.25 GHz G4 processor,80 GB hard drive, and 15- to 20-inch LCD screens. [1559] [1909.232]
September 16
  • In Paris, France, the Apple Expo 2003 trade show is held, over five days. [1883.18] [1908.20]
  • At the Apple Expo Paris in France, Steve Jobs unveils new PowerBooks with 1 to 1.33 GHz G4 processors, and 12-, 15-, and 17-inch screens. [1559]
July-September
  • Shipments of Apple Macintosh computers worldwide during July to September: 787,000. [2181.11]
  • Shipments of Apple Power Mac computers worldwide during July to September: 221,000. [2181.11]
(month unknown)
  • Corel abandons development of CorelDraw Graphics Suite for the Macintosh. [2181.13]
October 8
  • Apple Computer releases updated Power Mac G4 computers. They feature 1.25 GHz G4 to dual 1.25 GHz G4 processors, 80 GB hard drive. [1909.232]
October
  • Computer scientists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University complete assembling a cluster of 1100 Apple PowerMac G5 computers with 64-bit IBM PowerPC 970 processors, dubbed "Big Mac". The system is benchmarked at a processing speed of 10.3 trillion operations per second, making it the world's third-fastest supercomputer. Total cost is US$7 million. [1599.7]
October 24
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X 10.3 operating system. Code-name during development was Panther. [1884.9] [1886.72] [1918.45]
(month unknown)
  • In Mountain View, California, the Computer History Museum hosts AppleLore: The People, The Products, The Passion. The reunion includes over 1000 former Apple Computer employees. [2199.87]
November 10
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X 10.3.1. [1559]
November
  • Apple Corps sues Apple Computer for the third time, demanding that Apple Computer cease using the Apple name and rebrand all products and services with non-infringing names. [2199.12]
November 18
  • Apple Computer releases new Power Mac G5 computers. They feature single 1.66 GHz to dual 2 GHz G5 processors, 80 or 160 GB hard drive. [1909.233]
  • Apple Computer introduces an iMac with 20-inch LCD display. [1559]
October-December
  • Market share of desktop personal computer shipments in the US during October to December: Dell 31%, Hewlett-Packard 22%, Gateway 8%, IBM 3.5%, Apple Computer 2.1%. [1559] [1876.17] [1918.32]
  • Market share of portable personal computer shipments in the US during October to December: Dell 26.6%, Hewlett-Packard 20%, Toshiba 12.3%, IBM 9%, Apple Computer 5.1%. [1876.17] [1918.32]
  • Market share of desktop personal computer shipments worldwide during October to December: Apple Computer 1.32%. [1918.32]

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