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.

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

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

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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: Card lets users run Apple II software on Macs

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Running Apple II programs on your Mac was pretty darn awesome.
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March1 March 1, 1991: Apple introduces the Apple IIe Card, a $199 peripheral that lets users turn Macs into fully functioning Apple IIe computers.

The ability to emulate the popular Apple IIe computer on a Mac brings Apple’s two operating systems side by side for the first time. It’s not quite the equivalent of Apple letting you run iOS on a Mac today, but it’s not a world away, either.

Nostalgia fuels these wacky Apple Car concepts

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The color iMac G3 is classic, but could it be a classic car?
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Part of you wishes you still had a blueberry iMac G3 sitting on your desk. But would you buy a car that looked just like it?

A marketing company, joining in on the excitement surrounding longtime rumors of an Apple car, came up with five concepts that are inspired by landmark Apple products.

Today in Apple history: Mac mania sweeps magazine racks

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The Macintosh? It'll never catch on!
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Feb13February 13, 1984: The arrival of the first Macintosh is met with enormous amounts of excitement by the tech press, as seen by the Feb 13 edition of InfoWorld magazine.

Given the pre-internet lead time delay with the print media, it takes a few weeks after the January 24 release of the Macintosh for it to start appearing in magazines. When it does, it’s a pretty immediate hit.

Why has the past decade of PCs been so boring? [Friday Night Fights]

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Are you still excited by PCs?
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As a pioneer of personal computing, Apple’s first machines changed the way we looked at computers. In the years that followed, the company broke new ground with incredible innovations that its rivals couldn’t have dreamed of.

Friday Night Fights bugThings have been a little different over the past decade or so. Apple’s innovations haven’t been quite as forthcoming, and while some would say its rivals are catching up, others would argue that the PC industry as a whole has become somewhat boring.

So, why has personal computing gone stagnant? Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we battle it out!

Put Apple history on your wall with super-nerdy patent posters

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Pop art for the tech generation.
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Kitting out your dream geek-room, but don’t know what to put on the walls? Well, have no fear because Retro Patents are here — and they’ve got some unique Apple posters to sell you.

Giving a new lease of life to the original patent illustrations for devices like the iPhone and Macintosh 128K (both of which celebrated their birthdays this month), each $25 print includes the names of its inventors, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office reference number, product name, and the date of the original patent filing.