Today in Apple history: Mac LC 520 sets its sights on the classroom

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The face of classroom Macs a quarter century ago.
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June 28: Today in Apple history June 28, 1993: Apple ships the Macintosh LC 520, an “all-in-one” Mac targeted exclusively at the education market.

The first Macintosh to be shipped with a non-optional 2x CD-ROM drive, it’s designed to capitalize on schools’ multimedia requirements — a classroom Mac made especially for students in the decade of Nirvana, Bill Clinton and Pulp Fiction.

Today in Apple history: Terrible quarter marks the end for Gil Amelio

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Apple wasn't always a global behemoth.
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June 27 June 27, 1997: The last day of yet another disappointing quarter for Apple brings an end to CEO Gil Amelio’s 500 days running the company.

The $56 million quarterly loss contributes to an overall Apple deficit of $1.6 billion during Amelio’s reign: The slump effectively wipes out every cent of profit Cupertino had earned since fiscal 1991. After losing money for six out of the last seven quarters, Apple seems past the point of no return to many observers.

Today in Apple history: The App Store gold rush begins

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Apple started accepting App Store submissions on this day in 2008.
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Relive 10 years of amazing iPhone innovation

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The iPhone sure has changed over the years.
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iPhone turns 10 The iPhone packed a lot into its first astonishing decade. Not only has the device itself evolved significantly since its promising-but-by-no-means-perfect beginnings, but it’s transformed Apple’s business — and many of our very lives — in the process.

All this week, Cult of Mac’s “iPhone Turns 10” series will look at the innovative device’s massive impact on worldwide culture. The iPhone, which launched on June 29, 2007, truly changed the world.

What iPhone milestones have passed since Steve Jobs introduced this stunning hybrid device, which combined a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device? Check out our handy guide to 10 years of iPhone history.

Today in Apple history: Power Mac G5 packs world’s first 64-bit CPU

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A 64-bit CPU powered Apple's stunning "cheese grater" Power Mac G5.
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Jun 23 June 23, 2003: Apple launches its gorgeous Power Mac G5, a powerhouse desktop computer with a perforated aluminum chassis that earns it the affectionate nickname the “cheese grater.”

Starting at an affordable $1,999 ($2,650 in today’s terms), the Power Mac G5 is the world’s first 64-bit personal computer — and Apple’s fastest machine yet.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs returns to work after liver transplant

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Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant earlier in the year.
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Jun22 June 22, 2009: Steve Jobs returns to work at Apple, a couple of months after undergoing a liver transplant as part of his cancer treatment.

Although Jobs has been steadily getting back into work for the past several weeks, the news is made official when a quote from him appears on a June 22 press release about iPhone 3GS sales. An Apple employee also alerts the media after spotting Jobs on campus.

With his return confirmed, everyone wants to know how long Jobs will continue to lead Apple.

Today in Apple history: iOS 4 brings multitasking and FaceTime

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iOS 4 brought important new features to iPhones and the recently released iPad.
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Jun21 June 21, 2010: Apple releases iOS 4, which introduces a range of productivity features as well as the FaceTime videotelephony service.

iOS 4 represents a big step forward for Apple’s flourishing mobile devices. Due to the arrival of the first-gen iPad earlier in the year, iOS 4 also brings a transition from the mobile operating system’s original name, “iPhone OS.”

Today in Apple history: Apple’s eWorld online service goes live

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It doesn't get more 1990s than this!
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June 20: Today in Apple historyJune 20, 1994: Apple launches eWorld, a subscription service for Mac owners that’s designed to compete with America Online and other nascent online properties.

Part messaging service and part news aggregator, eWorld is supposed to push Apple into competition with the likes of AOL, Delphi, CompuServe and Prodigy. Unfortunately, Apple’s online service is doomed from the start.

Today in Apple history: New Power Mac is faster and more expandable

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This was the iMac Pro of its day.
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June 19: Today in Apple history June 19, 1995: Apple releases the Power Macintosh 9500, a high-end Macintosh that boasts a second-generation PowerPC chip that’s much faster than its predecessor.

The Power Mac 9500 is also significant for coming with six Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) slots, allowing it to attach to other hardware using the Intel-developed industry standard connection. Along with seven bays for internal drives and a swappable daughterboard, this makes it the most expandable Power Mac ever produced.

Today in Apple history: Apple receives record preorders for the iPhone 4

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The iPhone 4 wound up selling 1.7 million units in its first weekend.
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xJune 16, 2010: Apple reports a massive surge of interest in the iPhone, with a massive 600,000 pre-orders placed for the iPhone 4 on its first day.

The number is “far higher” than Apple expected, and at the time is the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in one single day. AT&T suffers server problems thanks to the demand — with 10x the usual traffic on its website. It’s proof positive that Apple is onto a winner!