The first generation Macs included the original Macintosh, the Macintosh 512K, and the Macintosh 512Ke. This article will briefly discuss the differences in these Macs, why their production was short-lived, and what replaced them.
Apple first entered the laptop market with the release of the Macintosh Portable on September 20, 1989. The Portable was not a strong seller. Apple followed up the Portable with the PowerBook 100, PowerBook 140, and PowerBook 170, which turned out to be so successful that for a brief time Apple became the worldwide number one producer of laptop computers. But the success of latter depended heavily on the lessons Apple learned from the Portable.
We obtained our copy of the famous Macintosh Newsweek insert from a seller on eBay. Our copy was attached to the March 19, 1984 edition of Newsweek. The year was 1984 and Apple had just announced the Macintosh on January 24. Apple marketing blitz would attempt to take back the home market from IBM, whose PC had surpassed the Apple II in both the home and business markets.
Mac OS X is a derivation of OPENSTEP, which Apple inherited after the complete acquisition of Steve Jobs? NeXT Software, Inc. on February 4, 1997. Steve Jobs had left Apple in 1985 after being ousted by then CEO John Sculley and started NeXT in 1987. To fully understand Jobs? strange relationship with Apple during his years in the wilderness, it is necessary to go back to the beginning and examine his role in Apple?s creation.