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1987 to 1989 Macintosh
Apple Inc. and third party print ads, promotional materials, and brochures related to the Macintosh.
Posted by John Ward on 7/29/2010 in Gallery

The Little Big Mac: Macintosh SE/30
Apple introduced the Macintosh SE/30 on January 19, 1989. It was a quantum leap over its processor the Macintosh SE. The "30" in SE/30 stood for the computer?s powerful 68030 processor. The SE/30 was obviously intended to be a high end Macintosh targeted at serious computer users and professionals.
Posted by John Ward on 6/11/2007 in Macintosh History

The Macintosh TV
The Macintosh TV was introduced on October 25, 1993. It was aimed at first-time Mac buyers, home users, and college students who wanted the "best of all worlds," a computer, TV, and CD player rolled into one sleek, black box. Apple marketed the Mac TV primarily through consumer electronics channels and sold it directly to college students at universities.
Posted by John Ward on 5/27/2007 in Macintosh History

The Apple Lisa 2
Apple introduced the Lisa 2 in January 1984. It was an upgraded version of the original Lisa, which was introduced early in 1983. Billed as one of the line of "Apple 32 SuperMicros", the Lisa 2 was sold as Apple?s business solution, supplanting the Apple III and sharing the spotlight with its close cousin, the Macintosh.
Posted by John Ward on 5/21/2007 in Macintosh History

The Big Mac: Macintosh II
The Macintosh II was introduced on March 2, 1987. The Macintosh II finally gave Mac users what they had been asking for since the successful introduction of the original Macintosh in 1984, a color-capable, expandable Mac with a separate monitor.
Posted by John Ward on 4/29/2007 in Macintosh History

Apple?s Saving Grace, The Original iMac
Apple began selling the iMac on October 17, 1998. The iMac had the effect of a lighting bolt strike across the entire computer industry. Its success retuned Apple to profitability, spawned many imitators, and ushered in the new age of the "Internet" computer.
Posted by John Ward on 4/15/2007 in Macintosh History

The Macintosh Licensing Conundrum
Apple has throughout much of its history resisted licensing its technology. This resistance has more than anything else fostered the creation of a separate and dominant industry standard, Microsoft Windows. Apple resisted licensing the Macintosh architecture early on when it would have made a difference in the development and direction of the young computer industry. The company half-heartedly instituted a licensing program in the middle 1990s when it served only to cannibalize Apple?s operating revenues.
Posted by John Ward on 4/8/2007 in Macintosh History

The Ill-Fated Apple III
The Apple III was Apple?s first attempt to move away from the tried-and-true Apple II architecture. It would prove to be the company?s first bona fide failure. Even though engineers repeatedly warned of problems with the Apple III, it seemed that no one in top management doubted the machine?s eventual success.
Posted by John Ward on 4/2/2007 in Apple II History

The Lisa, Apple?s First GUI-Based Computer System
Apple introduced the Lisa computer in January 1983. It was Apple?s first attempt to sell a computer designed from the bottom up with a graphical user interface (GUI). It was not merely an attempt to throw a graphical operating environment over a text-line operating system like early versions of Windows or early Apple II graphical operating environments. The Lisa graphical operating system defined all aspects of the computer?s operation.
Posted by John Ward on 3/26/2007 in Macintosh History

The Last II: Apple?s Amazing IIgs
Apple introduced the Apple IIgs in September 1986. It was intended to be a replacement for the venerable Apple II that was the mainstay of Apple?s revenues for most of the early part of the 1980s. The Macintosh was changing the world and would soon replace the Apple II as the company?s cash cow, but many Apple II faithful still longed for an advanced version of their beloved computer.
Posted by John Ward on 3/19/2007 in Apple II History

Apple Introduces the Macintosh
Apple was one of the most important creators of the home computer industry with its introduction of the Apple II in the late 1970s. In 1984, nearly one year after the release of the expensive and innovative Lisa computer, Apple redefined how people used home computers with the introduction of the Macintosh, the industry?s first affordable graphical-based computer. This article examines the way Apple introduced users to this revolutionary product by examining portions of the Macintosh Owner?s Manual (officially titled "Macintosh"), copyright 1984, Apple Computer, Inc.
Posted by John Ward on 3/12/2007 in Macintosh History

Apple Brings Computers to the Masses
This article examines a portion of one of Apple?s Apple IIe owner?s manuals. Apple produced several different editions of the Apple IIe owner?s manual over the life of the computer. This one was not the first nor was it the last. This particular Apple IIe manual first shipped with the Apple IIe in 1984, the same year that Apple released the world-changing Macintosh. Reading through the manual is like taking a time machine back to 1984, when home computers where still relatively new and the Apple IIe drove the majority of Apple Computer?s sales revenue.
Posted by John Ward on 3/5/2007 in Apple II History

Classic Macintosh Software: Glider 3.0
Glider 3.0, designed by John Calhoun for Casady & Greene Inc., was and still is a very popular game for the compact Mac. I tested the game on a 266 MHz iMac, but it played too fast. The game played fine on a System 7 Macintosh LC III and Classic II. It also played on a System 6 Macintosh Plus.
Posted by John Ward on 7/2/2006 in Macintosh Software

Classic Macintosh Software: Smash Hit Racquetball!
Smash Hit Racquetball! from Primera Software is a System 6 game designed exclusively for the Macintosh. It runs great on a System 6 Macintosh Plus. It will run on System 7.1 black and white Macs. I was unable to get it to run on a System 7.5 Macintosh LC III. It also did not run a System 9.1 iMac (Rev. C).
Posted by John Ward on 6/22/2006 in Macintosh Software

Classic Macintosh Software: Shufflepuck Cafe
Shufflepuck Cafe, by Broderbund Software, written by Christopher Gross, is a computer game simulation of air hockey. You play shufflepuck against aliens in a space cafe. You are free to play any alien you wish or play in a tournament. Shufflepuck Cafe is one of the truly great games released for the black and white, 68K, compact Macs.
Posted by John Ward on 6/17/2006 in Macintosh Software

Steve Jobs and the Historic Introduction of the NeXT Cube
Most serious Mac users would admit that OS X owes as much or more of its origins to NeXTSTEP, the NeXT OS, than classic Macintosh OS. Steve Jobs left Apple in 1985 after a struggle with then CEO, John Sculley, whose myopic view of the computer industry nearly destroyed Apple in the 1990s. Jobs went on to found NeXT, which failed to find widespread acceptance in the market place.
Posted by John Ward on 6/11/2006 in Macintosh History

The Evolution of the Apple Mouse
Apple Computer is responsible for the mouse interface standard used by today?s computers. Apple did not invent the mouse, but just like Apple?s popularization of the graphical operating system, they made the mouse a fundamental part of the personal computer. The Apple mouse has been evolving since the early days of Lisa and Apple II.
Posted by John Ward on 4/9/2006 in Macintosh History

Puzzle Your Pict Files with Jigsaw Puzzle
From the useless but true file, Apple?s System 7.5 (Version 7.5.3) Jigsaw Puzzle DA can do more than you may have thought. Let?s be honest, the Jigsaw Puzzle DA is designed for people who want to waste time but haven?t got a copy of Mac Man installed.
Posted by John Ward on 4/19/2004 in Macintosh Software

AOL, eWorld and an LC 580
Apple has a documented history of creating innovation that has eventually led to profound changes in the computer industry. Unfortunately, the computer industry as whole has a history of stealing that innovation for the benefit of the Wintel monopoly. Apple history consists of a long string of events in which the company failed to move on emerging markets that it correctly identified years before its competitors.
Posted by John Ward on 7/23/2003 in Macintosh History

The Creation of the Macintosh
The idea for the graphical user interface can be traced to Xerox?s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). The mission of PARC was to create the future without worrying about the commercial viability of the project. PARC was a technological think tank.
Posted by John Ward on 4/17/2003 in Macintosh History

The Macintosh and Desktop Publishing, Part One
By the end of 1985, Apple was a deeply troubled company. The Macintosh had not been the run-away success that the company predicted it would be. It also became apparent that despite the Herculean efforts made by the sales and marketing staffs, Apple was never going to be able to dislodge IBM from the business market.
Posted by John Ward on 4/17/2003 in Macintosh History

The Macintosh and Desktop Publishing, Part Two
John Warnock, a former computer scientist at the Xerox PARC, started Adobe Systems in 1982. The firm soon turned its attention to the creation of PostScript, a new page description language. PostScript revolutionized the computer world and soon made the Macintosh platform the de facto standard for desktop publishing.
Posted by John Ward on 4/17/2003 in Macintosh History

Review: 1988 Programmer?s Introduction to the Macintosh
I recently came across a book called Programmer?s Introduction to the Macintosh Family at a small bookstore/collectors shop in Denton, Texas. The store has operated in Denton, Texas for years next to the University of North Texas campus. They specialize in collectibles from old books to computers. They are famous for their steady supply of old tech manuals, Atari and Intellivision cartridges, and 80?s vintage Star Wars action figures.
Posted by John Ward on 4/12/2003 in Macintosh History

Mac OS and the 128K Macintosh
Apple began selling the Macintosh in 1984. It?s revolutionary graphical user interface (GUI) would forever alter the course of the home computer industry.
Posted by John Ward on 3/4/2003 in Macintosh History

A Short History of the Apple II
This article is a brief description of the history of the computers of the Apple II family.
Posted by John Ward on 2/28/2003 in Apple II History