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2004

January
  • Corel announces that the CorelDraw software package is no longer available for the Macintosh. [2226.18]
January-March
  • Shipments of Apple Computer Macintosh computers worldwide during January to March: 749,000. [1909.34]
  • Shipments of Apple Computer iBook computers worldwide during January to March: 201,000. [1909.34]
  • Shipments of Apple Computer PowerBook computers worldwide during January to March: 157,000. [1909.34]
  • Shipments of Apple Computer iMac and eMac computers worldwide during January to March: 217,000. [1909.34]
April 16
  • Apple Computer releases updated eMac computers. They feature 1.25 GHz G4 processor, 17-inch monitor, 256 MB RAM, 40 or 80 GB hard drive. [1909.232] [1910.188] [1918.204]
April 19
  • Apple announces new PowerBook computers. They feature 12.1- to 17-inch LCD screens, 1.33 GHz to 1.5 GHz G4 processor, 60-80 GB hard drive. [1909.18,233]
  • Apple announces new iBooks computers. They feature 1-1.2 GHz G4 processor, 30-60 GB hard drive, 12.1- or 14.1-inch LCD screen. [1909.18,233]
June 7
  • Apple Computer announces the AirPort Express wireless network station. Price is US$129. [2316.52]
June 9
  • Apple Computer introduces a new Power Mac G5 computer. It features dual 2.5 GHz IBM PowerPC 970FX processors, 1.25 GHz front-side bus, liquid cooling system, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB hard drive, ATI Radeon 9600 XT graphics card with 128 MB RAM, 8X SuperDrive. Price is US$2999. [1559]
  • Apple Computer introduces a new Power Mac G5 computer. It features dual 1.8 GHz processors, 256 MB RAM, 80 GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForceFX 5200 Ultra graphics card with 64 MB RAM, 8X SuperDrive. Price is US$1999. [1559]
June 28
  • In San Francisco, California, Apple Computer holds its Worldwide Developers Conference, over five days. [2185.16]
  • At Apple Computer's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple debuts the Mac OS X 10.4 operating system. A major new feature is systemwide search technology "Spotlight". Code-name during development was Tiger. [1617.19] [1909.18]
April-June
  • Market share of personal computer shipments worldwide during April-June: Dell 18.3%, Hewlett-Packard 15.7%, Apple Computer 2.2%. [1559]
  • Market share of personal computer shipments worldwide during April-June: Apple Computer 3.7%. [1559]
July 1
  • Apple Computer stops taking orders for iMac G4 computers, with new iMac G5 computers to be introduced soon. [1559]
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August
  • Apple Computer begins shipping the 2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 computer. [1903.23]
August 31
  • At the Apple Expo in Paris, France, Apple Computer announces the Apple iMac G5 computer. It features 17- or 20-inch color LCD display, 1.6 or 1.8 GHz PowerPC G5 processor, 256 MB RAM, 512 KB L2 cache, 80 or 160 GB hard drive, DVD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD-R SuperDrive, 64 MB NVidia GeForce 5200 graphics, 10/100 BaseT Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, two FireWire 400 ports, AirPort. The 2-inch thick display contains the computer components. Price range is US$1299 to $1899 (919-1349 pounds Sterling). [1559] [1621.28] [1910.188] [1918.204] [2320.46]
July-September
  • Market share of desktop personal computer shipments worldwide during July to September: Apple Computer 1.51%. [1918.32]
  • Market share of personal computers worldwide during January to September: Dell Computer 16.4%, Hewlett-Packard 13.9%, IBM 5.2%, Fujitsu 3.8%, Acer 3.2%, Toshiba 3.2%, NEC 2.6%, Gateway 2.2%, Lenovo 2%, Apple 1.9%. [1559]
  • Market share of personal computers in the US during July to September: Gateway 5.2%, Apple Computer 3.3%. [1559]
October 6
  • Microsoft releases Virtual PC 7 software for the Apple Macintosh. The product emulates a Pentium processor, allowing the Microsoft Windows operating system and applications to run on the Macintosh. Price is US$249, including Windows XP Professional. [1559]
October
  • Microsoft releases an update to Office 2004 software for the Macintosh. [2180.18]
October 19
  • Apple Computer introduces a new low-end iBook portable computer. It features 1.2 GHz G4 processor, DVD reader / CD writer drive, 12-inch LCD screen, 256 MB DDR266 RAM, 133 MHz bus, ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 with 32 MB DDR RAM, 30 GB hard drive, 1024x768 pixel graphics, AirPort Extreme wireless networking, two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port, 100BaseT Ethernet port, 56 Kbps v.92 modem. Price is US$999. [1559] [1904.28] [1910.188] [1918.204] [2180.20]
  • Apple Computer introduces a new midrange iBook portable computer. It features 1.33 GHz processor, DVD reader / CD writer drive, 14-inch screen, 256 MB DDR266 RAM, 133 MHz bus, ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 with 32 MB DDR RAM, 60 GB hard drive, 1024x768 pixel graphics, AirPort Extreme wireless networking, two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port, 100BaseT Ethernet port, 56 Kbps v.92 modem. Price is US$1299. [1559] [1910.188] [2180.20]
  • Apple Computer introduces a new high-end iBook portable computer. It features 1.33 GHz G4 processor, 256 MB RAM, 60 GB hard drive, DVD/CD writer SuperDrive, 14.1-inch 1024x768 resolution LCD display, AirPort Extreme card, 802.11g woreless, 2 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 port, Ethernet port, v.92 modem. Price is US$1499. [1559] [1904.28] [1910.188] [1918.204] [2180.20]
  • Apple Computer introduces new Power Mac G5 computers. They feature single 1.8 GHz to dual 2.5 GHz processors, 80 or 160 GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce Fx 5200 Ultra card in 8X AGP slot, 256 MB DDR400 SDRAM, 8X SuperDrive, three 33 MHz 64-bit PCI slots, AirPort Extreme slot, two FireWire 400 ports, one FireWire 800 port, three USB 2.0 ports, 600 MHz front-side bus. [1559] [1910.189] [1918.205] [2180.20]
November 5
  • Apple Computer releases the Mac OS X 10.3.6 operating system. The minor release includes many updates and improvements. [1559]
November
  • Qualcomm releases the Eudora 6.2 software for the Mac OS X. [2180.15]
November 18
  • Apple Computer holds the MacExpo 2004 trade show in London, England, over three days. 25,000 people attend. [1910.14]
November 20
  • Apple Computer opens its first European Apple Store, in London, England. [1910.14]
(month unknown)
  • Adobe releases the Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 software for the Macintosh. Price is free. Price for Adobe Acrobat Standard is US$299. Price for Adobe Acrobat Professional is US$449. [2180.15]
October-December
  • Market share of desktop personal computer shipments in the US during October to December: Dell 34.7%, Hewlett-Packard 20.9%, Gateway 7.7%, IBM 3%, Apple Computer 2.9%. [1876.17] [1918.32]
  • Market share of portable personal computer shipments in the US during October to December: Dell 28.9%, Hewlett-Packard 19%, Toshiba 12.5%, IBM 7.9%, Apple Computer 5%. [1876.17] [1918.32]
  • Market share of desktop personal computer shipments worldwide during October to December: Apple Computer 1.75%. [1918.32]

2005

January 10
  • In San Francisco, California, the Macworld Conference and Expo trade show is held, over five days. [1902.75] [1910.21] [2180.24]
January 11
  • At the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Apple Computer introduces the Mac mini computer. It features 1.25 GHz G4 processor, 40 GB hard drive, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB ATI Radeon 9200 graphics, 512 kB L2 cache, two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 port, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, AirPort, DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive, optional AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth. Size is 6.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches; weight is 2.9 pounds. Price is US$499 with no keyboard, mouse, or display. Another model has 1.42 GHz processor and 80 GB hard drive, for US$599. [1559] [1613.32] [1906.26] [1918.204] [2182.7,16,50] [2326.33]
  • At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer announces the iLife '05 application suite for the Macintosh, with iPhoto 5, iDVD 5, iMovie HD, iTunes 4.7.1, and Garage Band 2. Price is US$79. [2182.14]
  • At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer announces the iWork '05 application suite for the Macintosh, with Keynote 2 and Pages. Price is US$79. [597] [2182.14]
January 22
  • Apple Computer ships the iWork software. [597]
  • Apple Computer ships the Mac mini computer. [1559]
January 31
  • Apple Computer releases new PowerBook G4 portable computers in the USA and United Kingdom. They feature 1.5 or 1.67 GHz G4 processor, 512 MB RAM, 12.1- or 17- inch LCD, AirPort, 512 KB L2 cache, 64 MB NVidia GeForceFX 5200 or 128 MB ATI Radeon 9700 graphics, two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, Ethernet, DVD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD-R drive, 80 or 100 GB hard drive. Prices are US$1499-2699 in the USA, and 1049-1849 pounds in the UK. [1918.205]
January-March
  • Market share of personal computer shipments worldwide during January to March: Dell 19 percent, Hewlett-Packard 15 percent, Apple Computer 2.3 percent. [1559]
  • Shipments of Apple Computer personal computers worldwide during January to March: 1.07 million. [1559]
  • Market share of personal computer shipments in the US during January to March: IBM 4.3%, Apple Computer 3.1-3.9 percent. [1559]
  • Shipments of Apple Computer personal computers in the US during January to March: 565,000-571,000. [1559]
(month unknown)
  • The Apple iMac G5 wins the First Annual Bottom Line Design Award. [1918.16]
April 27
  • Apple Computer releases updated Power Mac G5 systems. They feature single or dual processors operating at 2 to 2.7 GHz. Starting prices range from US$1499 to US$2999. [1559] [2234.26]
April 29
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X 10.4 operating system. New features include Spotlight search, Dashboard with 14 mini-apps, 64-bit memory addressing, iChat, QuickTime 7. Price is US$129 for single user, or US$199 for a five-user license. Price in the UK is 89 pounds. Code-name during development was Tiger. [1559] [1687.75] [1876.17] [1897.133] [1918.16]
May 16
  • Apple computer releases Mac OS X 10.4.1. [1559]
June 6
  • In San Francisco, California, Apple Computer announces it is abandoning the PowerPC processor in favor of Intel processors for Macintosh computers. The first Intel-based Macintosh computers should be on the market by mid-2006, with PowerPC-based computers phased out by the end of 2007. Reasons given for the switch are the lack of a 3 GHz G5 processor, lack of G5 processors for portable computers, and the Intel processor future looks better for Apple computers. [1559] [1867.108] [1877.14] [1911.52] [2329.38]
June
  • Apple Computer discontinues single-processor Power Mac G5 systems. [1559] [2234.26]
April-June
  • Market share of desktop computers worldwide during April to June: Dell 19.3%, Acer 4.4%, Apple Computer 2.1%. [1559]
(month unknown)
  • Apple Computer releases three updated iMac G5 computers: 17-inch display 1.8 GHz processor for US$1299; 17-inch display 2 GHz processor for US$1499; 20-inch display 2 GHz processor for US$1799. [2234.28]
  • Apple Computer releases two updated eMac G4 computers, with 1.42 GHz G4 processor. Prices are US$799 and US$999. [2234.30]
July 12
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X 10.4.2 operating system. [1559]
July 26
  • Apple Computer releases updated Mac Mini computers. A version with 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor is priced at US$499. A version with 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor and AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth is priced at US$599. A similar model with SuperDrive (CD/DVD burner) is priced at US$699. [1559]
  • Apple Computer releases updated iBook portable computers. Common features include a scrolling TrackPad, sudden-motion sensor, 512 MB RAM, AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth 2.0 wireless connectivity. The iBook with 12-inch screen and 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 costs US$999. The model with 14-inch screen and 1.42 GHz processor is US$1,299. [1559]
August 2
  • Apple Computer releases the Mighty Mouse for Macintosh computers, with 360-degree scroll ball and four programmable buttons. Price is US$49. This is the first multi-button mouse for Apple in 21 years. [1559] [1878.18]
July-September
  • Market share of personal computers worldwide during July to September: Dell 18%, Hewlett-Packard 16%, Lenovo 7.7%, Acer 4.7%, Apple Computer 2.3%. [1559]
  • Market share of personal computers in the US during July to September: Gateway 6.4%, Apple Computer 4.3%. [1559]
October 12
  • Apple Computer announces an updated iMac G5 computer. It features 20-inch wide-screen LCD, iSight camera, multibutton mouse, 2.1 GHz PowerPC G5 processor, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB hard drive, ATI Radeon X600 XT graphics, dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive, Max OS X 10.4. Price is US$1699. Price for a version with 17-inch screen and 1.9 GHz processor is US$1299. [1559] [1898.32] [2235.33]
October
  • Apple Computer releases the iTunes 6 software. [2235.26]
October 19
  • Apple Computer announces a new Power Mac featuring a dual-core 2.0 GHz PowerPC G5 processor, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce 6600 LE video card with 128 MB video RAM, three PCI Express expansion slots, 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support, FireWire 800 port, two FireWire 400 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports, optical and digital audio input and output, and 802.11g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 support. Price is US$1,999. [1559] [2235.32]
  • Apple Computer announces a new Power Mac featuring a dual-core 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 processor, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce 6600 LE video card with 256 MB video RAM, three PCI Express expansion slots, 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support, FireWire 800 port, two FireWire 400 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports, optical and digital audio input and output, and 802.11g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 support. Price is US$2,499. [1559] [2235.32]
  • Apple Computer announces the Power Mac G5 Quad computer. It features two dual-core 2.5 GHz PowerPC G5 processor, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce 6600 LE video card with 256 MB video RAM, three PCI Express expansion slots, 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support, FireWire 800 port, two FireWire 400 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports, optical and digital audio input and output, and 802.11g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 support. Price is US$3,299, available in November. [1559] [1907.34]
October 31
  • Apple Computer releases the Mac OS X 10.4.3 software for the Macintosh. [1559]
(month unknown)
  • Apple Computer releases an updated PowerBook G4 computer. It features 17-inch display, and 1.67 GHz G4 processor. Price is US$2499. Price for a 15-inch display is US$1999. [2235.36]

2006

January
  • Apple Computer introduces the first iMac computer with an Intel procesor. It features 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo T2500 processor, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB hard drive, 128 MB ATI Radeon X1600 graphics card, dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive, Mac OS X 10.4.4, 20-inch wide-screen LCD, AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth 2, iSight camera, USB, FireWire, audio, Ethernet. Price is US$1699. [1899.32] [2245.16]
February
  • Apple Computer introduces the Apple MacBook Pro computer. It features 1.83 GHz or 2 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 100 GB hard drive, 256 MB RAM, ATI graphics, 802.11a/g wireless, DVD+/-RW drive, iSight camera, 2 USB ports, FireWire 400 port, Express Card slot. Weight is 5.5 pounds; price range is US$1999 to US$3099. [1900.24] [2195.3] [2244.26]
  • Apple Computer ships a new Mac Mini computer. It features 1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo processor, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB hard drive, DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive, 1 Gbit Ethernet, 802.11g wireless, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, four USB 2.0 ports, optical digital in/out ports, infrared remote. Price is US$599. Price for a 1.66 GHz Core Duo version is US$799. [2099.69] [2244.26]
March 19
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A "FeMac" computer appears, looking much like the Apple Computer "iMac". [2268]
April 5
  • Apple Computer releases the Boot Camp software allowing the new Intel-based Apple computers to run Windows XP. [1914.24] [1916.28]
April
  • Apple Computer releases a new MacBook Pro portable computer. It features 17-inch widescreen display, 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 667 MHz bus, iSight camera, 8X dual-layer SuperDrive, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB hard drive. Weight is 6.8 pounds, thickness is one inch; price is US$2799. [2246.18]
May
  • British high court judge Edward Mann rules in favor of Apple Computer versus Apple Corps, allowing Apple Computer to use its company logo in connection with the iPod and iTunes products. [2246.19]
  • Apple Computer releases new MacBook portable computers. They feature 1.83 GHz or 2 GHz Intel Core Duo, 512 MB RAM, 60/80 GB hard drive, 13.3 inch widescreen, Size is 1.1 x 12.8 x 8.9 inches, weight is 5.2 pounds, prices are US$1099/1299/1499. [2246.20] [2248]
  • Quark releases the QuarkXPress 7 software for the Mac OS. [2247.16]
April-June
  • Shipments of personal computers during the quarter: Apple 1.327 million. [2511.19]
August 7
  • In San Francisco, California, Apple Computer holds its Worldwide Developers Conference, over five days. [2247.16] [2249.18]
  • At the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple Computer announces the Mac Pro workstation computer. It features two dual-core 2.66 GHz Xeon 5100 cpu chips, 1 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT graphics with 256 MB, 250 GB hard drive, 16X SuperDrive. Price is US$2499. [2076.16] [2249.18]
August 24
  • Apple Computer announces the second-largest personal computer battery recall in history, affecting 1.7 million older iBook and PowerBook systems. [2334.28]
(month unknown)
  • Intuit releases Quicken 2007 Mac for the Mac OS. [2249.60]
  • Microsoft announces it will not develop a new version of Virtual PC emulation software for Intel-based Apple Mac computers. [2249.19]
  • Apple Computer updates the iMac computer:
    • 1.83 GHz Core 2 Duo, 17-inch display, iSight camera, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 2 FireWire ports, 1 Gb Ethernet, 512 MB RAM, Combo drive, 160 GB hard drive, US$999.
    • 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, 17-inch display, iSight camera, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 2 FireWire ports, 1 Gb Ethernet, 1 GB RAM, SuperDrive, 160 GB hard drive, US$1199.
    • 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo, 20-inch display, iSight camera, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 2 FireWire ports, 160 GB hard drive, 1 GB RAM, SuperDrive, US$1499.
    • 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo, 24-inch display, iSight camera, 3 USB 2.0 ports, Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT with 128 MB RAM and 1920x1200 graphics, 4 MB shared Level 2 cache, 2 FireWire ports, 250 GB hard drive, 1 GB RAM, 8X SuperDrive, US$1999.
    [2282.16]
  • Apple Computer releases new Mac mini computers:
    • 1.66 Core Duo processor US$599.
    • 1.83 GHz Core Duo processor US$799.
    [2282.16]
July-September
  • Shipments of personal computers during the quarter: Apple 1.61 million. [2511.18]
November 19
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. The opening couch scene takes place on a computer desktop screen, looking like a Web browser on the Mac OS. [2273]
(month unknown)
  • Apple Computer releases a new MacBook Pro computer: 17-inch 1680x1050 pixel wide-screen display, 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB hard drive, ATI Radeon X1600 with 256 MB, iSight camera, AirPort Extreme wireless networking, Bluetooth 2.0 and EDR wireless networking. Price is US$2799. [2301.42]

2007

January 8
  • In San Francisco, California, the Macworld Conference and Expo is held, over five days. [2197.21] [2248.49] [2304.95] [2395.14]
January 9
  • At the Macworld Conference and Expo show, Steve Jobs announces that the Apple Computer company is changing its name to just Apple. [2301.24] [2338.28] [2379.40]
January
  • At the Macworld Conference and Expo show, Apple announces a new version of the AirPort Extreme Base Station wireless networking hub. It includes support for 802.11n wireless networking. Transfer speed is 100 Mbps, compared to 20-25 Mbps of previous models. [2303.52]
February 5
  • Apple Corps of the United Kingdom and Apple Inc. of the USA reach an accord on sharing the name "Apple". The Apple name will now be controlled by Apple Inc., with Apple Corps retaining licensing rights. [2340.31]
January-March
  • Sales of Apple Macintosh computers: 1.52 million. [2398.14] [2511.19]
April 22
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA. A laptop computer with mouse and scroll wheel is used in a house to access the Internet. The Web browser indicates this is an Apple computer. [2351]
May 14
  • Business Week magazine publishes an article listing the World's 25 Most Innovative Companies. Number 1 is Apple. [2398.55]
June 11
  • The Apple Worldwide Developers Confernce is held in San Francisco, California. Steve Jobs mostly discusses the upcoming "Leopard" version of Mac OS. [2510.9]
April-June
  • Shipments of personal computers during the quarter: Apple 1.764 million. [2511.18]
August 6
  • BusinessWeek magazine publishes the Interbrand ranking of the 100 Best Global Brands. Number 33 is Apple. [2400.56]
October 26
  • Apple releases the Mac OS X "Leopard" operating system for Macintosh computers. Price is US$129 for a single user or $199 for up to five computers in a single household. (Sales in the first four days: 2 million copies.) [2322] [2441.8]
October 30
  • Apple ships the 2 millionth copy of Mac OS X Leopard. [2462.10]
December 27
  • Apple Computer stock trades at split-adjusted high of $202.96. [2605.63]
Year
  • Personal computer operating system market share: Apple Mac OS X 7.3 percent. [2544.14]

2008

January 15
  • At Macworld Expo, Apple introduces the MacBook Air laptop computer. It features Core2 Duo processor, 2 GB RAM, fixed battery, no optical drive, USB and micro-DVI ports, iSight camera, 80 GB hard drive, 64 GB solid-state drive, 13.3-inch diagonal widescreen LED 1280x800 color screen, AirPort Extreme WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, full-size keyboard and trackpad. Battery life is 5 hours. Weight is 3 pounds; size 12.8 x 8.9 x 0.76 inches; price is US$1799. [2512.58] [2550.45]
  • Microsoft releases the Office:mac 2008 office software for the Apple Mac computers in the US. price is US$400, or US$240 upgrade from a previous version. [2548.71]
April-June
  • Shipments of personal computer in the USA during the quarter: Dell 5.25 million, Apple 1.4 million, Acer 1.33 million. Total shipments: 16.5 million. [2497]
  • Market share of laptop computer sales in the USA for the quarter: Apple 10.6 percent. [2537.30]
September (month)
  • Personal computer market share: Apple Mac OS X 8.23 percent. [2542.14]
November 30
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A computer store in a mall has a logo like the Apple company. with laptop and desktop computers that look like Apple products. A man runs into the store and throws a sledgehammer at the large screen displaying the company CEO, like the "1984" Apple ad introducing the Macintosh. A laptop computer with an Apple-like logo is used at a house. A package is delivered in a box with double-bite apple logo and "MAPPLE". [2571]
November (month)
  • Personal computer operating system market share: Apple Mac OS X 8.9 percent. [2544.14]
December (month)
  • Personal computer operating system market share: Apple Mac OS X 9.63 percent. [2544.14]

2009

March 4
  • Apple introduces new models of its iMac (24-inch iMac US$1199-2199), Mac mini (6.5x6.5x2 inches US$599+), and Mac Pro (US$2499) desktops. [2322]
July-September
  • Unit sales of Apple Mac computers worldwide for the quarter: 3.05 million. [2322]
  • Market share of US personal computer market: Apple 9.4 percent. [2322]
October 20
  • Apple unveils new line of redesigned iMac (starting at US$1199), MacBook (4.7 pounds, starting at US$999), and Mac Mini (US$599) computers, with touch-based mice (no buttons, balls, or wheels) and edge-to-edge glass. [2322]
October-December
  • Shipments of personal computers in the USA: Apple 3.36 million. [2322]

2010

January 3
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA.
    • A laptop computer with Apple-like logo appears.
    • A laptop computer displays a web site about "Pyramid Power".
    • An Apple Mac OS-like screen is used to denote a person forgetting something.
    [2579]
January 27
  • At Macworld conference in San Francisco, California, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the iPad tablet computer. It features 9.7-inch touchscreen, 0.5 thick unit. Price starts at US$499 with 16 GB RAM. [2322]
April 3
  • Apple begins sales of the iPad tablet computer in the USA. The unit available features Wi-Fi and 9.7-inch touchscreen display. Price is US$499-829. First day sales total over 300,000 units. (First month sales: 1 million.) [2322] [2501]
April 13
  • Apple updates its line of high-end MacBook Pro laptops with faster Intel processors, better Nvidia graphics chips and longer battery life (8-10 hours). Prices start at $1199 for the 13-inch model. [2322]
May 26
  • Market capitalization of Apple (US$222 billion) passes Microsoft (US$219 billion) for the first time since December 19,1989. Apple stock is worth more than 10 times what they were 10 years ago, whereas Microsoft stock is down 20 percent over the same time period. [2322]
May 28
  • Apple begins sales of the iPad tablet computer outside the USA (Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Britain, Japan, Australia, and Canada). [2322]
July 1
  • Comedy Central airs the Futurama TV show in the USA. An original Apple Macintosh appears. [2607]
July 27
  • Apple releases updated iMac desktop computers. Prices start at US$1199 with 21.5-inch screen. [2322]
  • Apple announces updated Mac Pro desktop computers, with 4- and 6-core Intel Xeon processors. Prices start at US$2499. [2322]
October 10
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A mock Apple laptop computer appears. [2611]

2011

January 9
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A mock Apple laptop computer is used for live interactive video through WiFi. [2613]
February 20
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A touch-pad computer resembling the Apple iPad is used. A scene from 1999 shows a room full of mini-tower computers, CRT and LCD monitors, keyboards. [2615]

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