Today in Apple history: The last iBook goes on sale

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Rugged and pearly white, the iBook G4 becomes the last of its line.
Rugged and pearly white, the iBook G4 becomes the last of its line.
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July 26 Today in Apple history July 26, 2005: Apple debuts the opaque white iBook G4, the last of its laptops to launch under the iBook name.

The portable computer adds Apple’s scrolling trackpad for the first time. It also incorporates Bluetooth 2.0 as a standard feature, and becomes the last Apple laptop to include a PowerPC chip.

Today in Apple history: Mighty Mouse goes wireless — with lasers!

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The images Apple submitted to the FCC of its new mouse.
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July 24 TIAH July 24, 2006: The world gets it first glimpse of Apple’s new wireless Mighty Mouse, a multi-button Bluetooth device with super-accurate laser tracking.

Photos of the accessory come to light through a filing made by Apple with the Federal Communications Commission. Apple launches the wireless Mighty Mouse the very next day.

Today in Apple history: World’s first third-party iPhone app arrives

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An intrepid hacker gets the iPhone to say "hello." While the message is simple, the meaning is profound.
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July 20 Today in Apple history July 20, 2007: Just a month after the original iPhone goes on sale, the first app gets compiled and launched for the new platform.

Called “Hello World,” the software serves more as a proof of concept than a serious tool. But it demonstrates that third-party apps will become a cornerstone of the new iPhone economy. It’s a shame Apple doesn’t get the memo.

Today in Apple history: iPod gets a new Click Wheel

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Did you own the fourth-gen iPod?
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Jul19 July 19, 2004: The fourth-generation iPod brings neat innovations to the popular audio device, including the Click Wheel interface recently introduced on the iPod mini.

“The best digital music player just got better,” said Steve Jobs on the day the product launched, and yet some people felt disappointed.

Today in Apple history: iMac G4 gets super-size screen

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The iMac G4 brings a "breathtaking" giant screen to desktops everywhere.
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July 17 Today in Apple history July 17, 2002: Apple ships a new super-sized iMac G4, offering a 17-inch widescreen LCD display that becomes the envy of most computer users at the time.

“The best consumer desktop just got even better,” says Steve Jobs of Apple’s new all-in-one computer. “Having this gorgeous 17-inch flat screen floating in mid-air right in front of you is simply breathtaking. There’s nothing like it in the PC world.” He wasn’t wrong!

Today in Apple history: Nike+iPod brings fitness tracking to your pocket

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The Nike+iPod Sports Kit was a nifty innovation.
The Nike+iPod Sports Kit was a nifty innovation.
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July 13 Today in Apple history July 13, 2006: Apple releases its first activity tracker, the Nike+iPod Sports Kit, which combines a portable music player and a smart pedometer.

The product marks Apple’s first step toward the kind of mobile health-tracking initiatives the company will investigate in the following decade — most notably through its iOS Health app and the Apple Watch.

Today in Apple history: iPhone 3G brings a big speed boost

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Did you own the iPhone 3G?
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July 11July 11, 2008: The iPhone 3G goes on sale. Expectations for the smartphone sequel run high, and Apple delivers with a the addition of GPS, 3G data and a higher-quality build.

To make things even better, Apple’s second smartphone runs on a new mobile operating system. iPhone OS 2 introduces a better Mail app, turn-by-turn navigation and a little something called the App Store.

Today in Apple history: App Store opens its virtual doors

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What was the first app you ever downloaded?
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Today in Apple history: End of the line for Power Mac G4 Cube

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Apple announced it was putting the G4 Cube "on ice."
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July 3July 3, 2001: Apple suspends production of its Power Mac G4 Cube, one of the most notable busts in Apple history — and the first major flop following Steve Jobs’ glorious return to the company.

Although Apple leaves the door open to possibly reintroduce the G4 Cube at a later date, this never happens and the computer is superseded by Apple’s upgrade to G5 processors and then Intel Core-based Macs.