Today in Apple history: The best Mac portable to date

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Do you remember the PowerBook 540c?
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May16May 16, 1994: Apple launches the PowerBook 540c, one of the best laptops in its history.

Part of the innovative 500 series of PowerBooks, the 540c is the laptop to own in 1994. Blisteringly fast, packed with innovative features, and offering the best notebook display on the market, it’s a triumph on every level. Although for $5,539 ($9,139 in today’s money), it had better be…

Today in Apple history: Beginning of the end for Mac OS Copland

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Copland never saw the light of day.
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April 26 April 26, 1996: Apple’s eagerly anticipated, but much delayed, Copland operating system for Mac suffers a fatal blow when the senior VP in charge of the project leaves the company.

David C. Nagel, Apple’s chief technologist, previously promised Mac OS Copland would ship to users by mid-1996 at the latest. With that deadline no longer appearing accurate, he leaves Apple for a job running AT&T Laboratories.

It’s yet another sign that Apple’s top-to-bottom operating system upgrade is in major trouble.

Today in Apple history: Macintosh 512Ke further enhances the Mac

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The 512Ke muddies the Mac waters just a smidge.
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April14 April 14, 1986: The “low-cost” Macintosh 512Ke brings hardware upgrades — and a bit of confusion — to the low end of the Mac lineup.

The Mac 512Ke is an “enhanced” (hence the “e”) model of the Mac 512K, which addressed complaints that the original Mac didn’t come with enough memory. The 512Ke adds a double-density 800k floppy drive and a 128k ROM to the Mac 512K formula.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs loses control of the Mac

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Steve Jobs was distraught at being removed as general manager of the Mac division.
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Ap10 April 10, 1985: During a fateful meeting, Apple CEO John Sculley threatens to resign unless the Apple board removes Steve Jobs as executive VP and general manager of the Macintosh division.

This triggers a series of events that will ultimately result in Jobs’ exit. The marathon board meeting — which continued for several hours the next day — results in the Apple co-founder losing his operating role within the company, but being allowed to stay on as chairman. Things don’t exactly play out like that.

Today in Apple history: Mac OS 7 gets its final update

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This was the beginning of the end for System 7.
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Apr7 April 7, 1997: Apple’s System 7 operating system receives its last update with the shipping of Mac OS 7.6.1.

The update adds a few bug fixes and support for Apple’s new PCI Power Macs and the PowerBook 3400. Most importantly, it officially brings to an end the System 7 era, which dawned way back in 1991.

Today in Apple history: Mac users can run Windows through Boot Camp

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Boot Camp finally allowed Macs to run Windows with ease.
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April5April 5, 2006: Apple introduces the public beta of Boot Camp, software that allows users with an Intel-based Mac to run Windows XP in addition to macOS — or OS X as it was known at the time.

Boot Camp later officially makes its debut as a feature in Mac OS X “Leopard,” which debuts at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) a few month later in August.

2017 iMacs will bring spec bumps to woo power users

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New iMacs will be aimed at high-end users.
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Apple is reportedly set to launch new iMacs geared toward the pro market later this year.

The revelation came during a very rare Apple press briefing concerning its future plans. While the big news coming out of this meeting with a small group of reporters is that a radical rethink of the Mac Pro is on the way, there was also talk of an imminent iMac refresh.