July 4, 1985: Steve Jobs visits Moscow for the first time, with the aim of selling Macs to the Russians.
During his two-day trip, Jobs lectures computer science students in the Soviet Union, attends a Fourth of July party at the American embassy, discusses opening a Mac factory in Russia, and reportedly almost runs afoul of the KGB by praising assassinated Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky.
May 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…
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.
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.
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.