Today in Apple history: Newton MessagePad reaches new heights


Newton MessagePad 2000
Do you remember the MessagePad 2000?
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Mar24 March 24, 1997: The Newton MessagePad 2000 brings major upgrades to Apple’s PDA line, including a far better display and a much faster processor.

It’s the best MessagePad yet by a wide margin, and quickly becomes a critical and commercial success. But it won’t be enough to save the doomed product line.

Today in Apple history: Macintosh LC II is the Mac mini of its day


The Macintosh LC II was more powerful and cheaper than its predecessor.
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Mar23 March 23, 1992: The “headless” Macintosh LC II arrives, wooing value-oriented customers with a beguiling mix of updated internals and budget pricing.

Designed to take up minimal space underneath a monitor that was sold separately, the Mac LC II is destined to become a hit. In retrospect, the entry-level machine is roughly analogous to today’s Mac minis.

Today in Apple history: PowerCD paves the way toward a lucrative future


Do you remember the PowerCD?
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Mar22 March 22, 1993: Apple launches the PowerCD, the first device from the company that doesn’t require a computer to work.

A portable CD player that also worked as an external CD drive for Macs, PowerCD will ultimately fail in the marketplace — but it offers a glimpse of the extremely lucrative path Apple will follow a decade later.

Today in Apple history: Twentieth Anniversary Mac lands with a thud


The Twentieth Anniversary Mac launched twenty years ago today.
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Mar20March 20, 1997: Apple launches its Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh, a futuristic special edition Mac that’s ahead of its time in every way.

Not part of any established Mac line, with a look (and price!) unlike anything available in 1997, the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh unfortunately bombs at the marketplace. Today, it’s a collector’s piece.

Today in Apple history: Microsoft gets sued for ripping off Mac OS


Windows used a number of elements of the Mac UI.
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March17March 17, 1988: Apple sues Microsoft for allegedly stealing 189 different elements of its Macintosh operating system to create Windows 2.0.

The incident, which causes a deep rift between Apple and one of its former top developers, paves the way for an epic battle between the two companies that will rage for years.

Today in Apple history: iPad gets an eye-dazzling Retina display


Do you remember the iPad 3?
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March16March 16, 2012: Apple introduces the third-generation iPad, the first iPad to come with a Retina display. Marketed as simply “The new iPad,” it’s widely known as the “iPad 3.”

Boasting that beautiful screen and Apple’s then-swanky A5X chip with quad-core graphics processor, the third-gen iPad quickly becomes a big success. Disappointingly for customers, it will only hang around until October 2012, giving it the shortest lifespan of any iOS product in history, at just seventh months.

Today in Apple history: iTunes tops 50 million songs downloaded


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.”

Today in Apple history: Power Mac 7100 lands Apple in hot water with Carl Sagan


Do you remember the Macintosh 7100?
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March14 March 14, 1994: Apple introduces the Power Macintosh 7100, a midrange Mac that will become memorable for two reasons. The first is that it is among the first Macs to use the new PowerPC processors. The second is that it resulted in Apple getting taken to court by astronomer Carl Sagan — not once but twice.

Today in Apple history: Time’s running out for Apple


Apple's finances weren't in the best of shape.
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Mar13March 13, 1997: CNN predicts doom for Apple. With Apple already having announced that thousands of jobs are going to be cut, the news outlet reports that “the coffin door is closing.”

Twenty years on, with stock prices soaring, we guess this could technically be considered “fake news.”