Today in Apple history: Apple’s ‘unreleased’ Mac OS ships to devs

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Remember Mac OS Copland? Probably not from using it.
Remember Mac OS Copland? Probably not from using it.
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November 17: Today in Apple history: Mac OS Copland November 17, 1995: Apple releases the first beta version of its new Copland operating system to around 50 Mac developers.

Not so much a Mac OS update as a totally new operating system, it offers next-gen features and promises to help Apple take on the then-mighty Windows 95. Sadly, it will never reach the public.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs secures Macintosh name

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Part 2: Macworld-founder David Bunnell tells of seeing the Mac for the first time, and why Steve Jobs parks in handicapped spaces.
Steve Jobs sweet-talked an audio company exec to land the name "Macintosh."
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November 16: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs secures Macintosh name November 16, 1982: Intent on calling Apple’s upcoming personal computer the “Macintosh,” Steve Jobs pens an impassioned plea to audio company McIntosh Laboratory asking permission to use the name.

You probably know how the resulting discussions ultimately turned out!

Today in Apple history: World gets a chance to test-drive a Mac

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Apple's innovative "Test Drive a Macintosh" ad campaign urged potential customers to take a Mac for a spin.
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November 8: Today in Apple history: Test-drive a Mac November 8, 1984: When initial Mac sales prove disappointing, Apple CEO John Sculley dreams up the “Test Drive a Macintosh” campaign to encourage people to give Apple’s revolutionary new computer a chance.

While 200,000 would-be Apple customers take advantage of the offer, Apple dealers absolutely hate it.

Today in Apple history: Apple preps for Mac App Store’s big debut

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The Mac App Store opens its doors to developers.
The Mac App Store opens its doors to developers.
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November 3: Today in Apple history: Mac App Store launchNovember 3, 2010: Apple prepares to launch the Mac App Store, publicly accepting app submissions from registered developers — and kicking off a gold rush among coders.

After witnessing the enormous sums of money raked in by early entrants in the iOS App Store, developers flood Apple with new Mac apps.

Today in Apple history: Dell PCs overtake Macs in education market

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Steve Jobs was accused of failing one of Apple's most popular markets.
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October 27: Today in Apple history October 27, 1999: Dell Computer overtakes Apple in the educational market, stealing Cupertino’s crown as the the top company selling computers to U.S. schools.

Steve Jobs, who is still in the process of rebuilding Apple after its near-collapse in the 1990s, faces heavy criticism for ignoring one of the company’s strongest markets.

Today in Apple history: The forgotten first Mac with an internal CD-ROM

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Why did the Mac IIvx fail to take the world by storm?
Why did the Mac IIvx fail to take the world by storm?
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October 19: Today in Apple history October 19, 1992: Apple launches the Mac IIvx, the first Macintosh computer to ship with a metal case and, more importantly, an internal CD-ROM drive.

The last of the Macintosh II series, the Mac IIvx experiences one of the more notorious price adjustments in Apple history. Within five months of shipping, Apple slashes the computer’s launch price of $2,949 to $1,899. That’s one way to reward early adopters!

Today in Apple history: Performa 6360 is a low-cost multimedia Mac

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The Performa 6320CD Mac delivered a great price-to-performance ratio.
The Performa 6320CD Mac delivered great performance for the price, luring new users.
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October 17: Today in Apple history October 17, 1996: Apple launches its Performa 6360 Mac, sold elsewhere in the world as the Power Macintosh 6300/160.

An impressive multimedia Mac for its time, the Performa 6360 came bundled with a TV/video card. It also let users make phone calls, listen to CDs, and watch television — all of which seemed amazingly futuristic in 1996. As Macs went, it was pretty affordable, too.

Today in Apple history: The elusive Macintosh Color Classic II ships

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The Macintosh Color Classic II never shipped in the U.S., which makes it hard to find today.
The Color Classic II never shipped in the U.S., which makes it hard to find today.
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October 10: Today in Apple history October 10, 1993: Apple ships its Macintosh Color Classic II, the last of the 9-inch compact Macs.

Also known as the Performa 275, the Color Classic II will eventually become something of a collector’s item, since Apple released it only in Canada, Asia and Europe.