Today in Apple history: Early iPad rumor gets Apple fans buzzing

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According to the rumor, Apple was launching a 15-inch tablet.
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April 13 April 13, 2005: The tech world gets excited when a sketchy rumor suggests Apple is building a tablet computer.

The Chinese-language report claims Quanta will build a 15-inch touchscreen tablet PC with detachable keyboard, which Apple will supposedly ship in the first quarter of 2006. Things don’t turn out quite like that, but the rumor offers the first hint about Apple’s secret iPad project.

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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.

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Today in Apple history: Apple goes to war with The Beatles again

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The Beatles' clash with Apple ran for almost 30 years.
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Mar30 March 30, 2006: A court case begins that once again pits Apple Computer against Apple Corps, aka The Beatles’ record label and holding company.

Capping a long-running legal battle between the two wealthy companies, the U.K.’s High Court of Justice will ultimately hand down a verdict in the tech giant’s favor. It’s the final fight in an epic legal battle over music, technology and money.

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Today in Apple history: iTunes tops 50 million songs downloaded

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That's worth a quick dance!
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March15March 15, 2004: The iTunes Music Store hits a musical milestone, having sold an astonishing 50 million songs. The achievement cements Apple’s place at the center of the rapidly changing music business — at least for the moment.

“Crossing 50 million songs is a major milestone for iTunes and the emerging digital music era,” Steve Jobs said in a statement. “With over 50 million songs already downloaded and an additional 2.5 million songs being downloaded every week, it’s increasingly difficult to imagine others ever catching up with iTunes.”

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Today in Apple history: Apple reconsiders the Newton?

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The Newton MessagePad was a product ahead of its time.
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Mar10March 10, 2004: Apple sends out a survey to select Apple customers, claiming that it is considering relaunching the Newton MessagePad.

In hindsight, it seems pretty clear that this apparent “interest” in launching another personal data assistant (PDA) was a way of doing some undercover market research for the still-in-development iPhone.

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Today in Apple history: Devs get the key to unlock iPhone’s awesome power

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Do you remember the arrival of the App Store?
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Mar6March 6, 2008: Apple releases the iPhone software development kit, finally allowing devs to start developing native mobile apps for the iPhone.

When the App Store eventually opens a few months later, a new industry springs up overnight as third-party devs rush to take advantage of Apple’s distribution network.

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Today in Apple history: Apple and Cisco settle over ‘iPhone’ name

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The first iPhone was definitely a bit... different to the current models.
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Feb21February 21, 2007: Apple comes to an agreement with Cisco over the iPhone trademark, which Cisco legally owns but Apple wants to use.

Under the agreement, both companies get to use the iPhone trademark on products throughout the world, dismiss outstanding lawsuits against one another, and agree to “explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications.”

It’s a classic bit of Steve Jobs steamrolling over the opposition.

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Today in Apple history: iPod mini is ‘world’s smallest music player’

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Do you remember the iPod mini?
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Feb20February 20, 2004: Apple goes small as the iPod mini arrives in Apple stores.

Released with 4GB of storage and in five colors, the diminutive iPod mini features a new “click wheel” that combines the control buttons integrated into a solid-state, touch-sensitive scroll wheel. If it’s size is small, however, its market potential certainly isn’t — as the iPod mini becomes the fastest-selling iPod up until that point.

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