[Flashback] Mac mini, iPad Pro, PowerPC and FireWire
ABTco.us presents a new series of the Flashback project, in which we dive into the past and talk about what we remember this week in the history of Apple. Enjoy your browsing!
January 11, 2005
The iMac has been considered a good computer since the day it was introduced. He was good to absolutely everyone, but he still had a certain drawback. Users who switched to iMac needed somewhere to put their old equipment, including very good monitors. Many people didn't like this idea of "farewell" to technology, so Apple needed to do something.
What did our beloved company from Cupertino do? Of course, the most logical step that Apple could and has taken is to release a "stripped down" iMac that won't have a built-in monitor.
Although, of course, it must be admitted that the management of the company from Cupertino fought off the requests of users to release such a computer as best they could. But users took their toll, Apple management had to give up.
As a result, on January 11, 2005, Apple introduced its new computer. We are talking about, you guessed it, Mac mini. But Apple seems to have enjoyed cutting back on its new computer so much that even the keyboard and mouse are gone along with the standard monitor.
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January 13, 1994
Remember those old and maybe good times when the grass was greener and Were Macs based on PowerPC processors? Of course, we all know much better Macs equipped with Intel chips, the transition to which marked a new era in Apple's history. But still, do not forget the era of PowerPC, which lasted 12 years. After all, on January 13, 1994, Apple introduced the first processor of this family.
The PowerPC processor is a joint product of Apple, IBM and Motorola. Apple executives then even joked that the PowerPC chip allowed them to add as much as 51% of the price to the cost of each Mac without any problems. These were the performance advantages of the PowerPC chip over the competition.
But after announcing the PowerPC, the Cupertino company was in no hurry to introduce it into its new systems. First, under the name Apple Macintosh Upgrade Card, Cupertino offered Mac users an upgrade processor card that was installed in 68k computers and allowed for a certain increase in performance.
January 13, 2014
The second week of January isn't all about going to work and a weird holiday called "Old New Year". In 2014 and 2015, the middle of the first month of the year was also marked by the appearance of unofficial information about Apple's tablet with a larger display.
Thus, January 13, 2014, a few months after the publication in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times information that Apple is preparing an iPad with a 13-inch screen, the first concept of this device appeared on the Web. Despite the skepticism of most users, almost all the characteristics of this tablet eventually materialized.
A year later, on January 15, 2015, a photo appeared on the Chinese social network Weibo, which allegedly depicts the Foxconn production workshop. In the center of the image was a forklift holding a mold into which, according to the source, the aluminum back cover of the new tablet will be pressed.
As we now know, the iPad Pro turned out to be not the product of bloggers' inflamed imagination, but a very real product that was officially presented in the fall of 2015.
January 14, 2014
The name Tony Fadell, which in 2001 was associated with the introduction of the iPod, 10 years later became associated with smart thermostats and smoke detectors from Nest. However, on January 14, 2014, it was revealed that the legendary Fadell was planning to move into the Google office. The search giant has officially confirmed the acquisition of Nest Labs, a startup founded by Fadell in 2010. According to Larry Page, the appearance of this company in the Google family will allow us to create technologies that will make our homes even more comfortable and modern.
Tony Fadell will remain in the history of Apple as the person who once developed the structure and basic principles of the interface iPod. From 2006 to 2008, he headed the corresponding division of the company and was involved in the development and improvement of the player. Fadell left Apple in November 2008.
January 17, 1999
When Apple decided to drop FireWire support from its iPod music players, it caused an uproar among numerous Mac users. But such a reaction was not only understandable, but also predictable: the FireWire standard has been the joy and pride of these very users since 1999, because it allowed, so to speak, to look down on PC users.
Once upon a time The advent of the FireWire standard was vital for all Mac users: the first generation of iPod players required high speeds that USB 1.1 could not provide. For this very reason, FireWire was so popular and in demand.
The new standard could have become much more widespread and popular if not for Intel and iMac. Intel developed and began to actively promote the USB 2. 0 standard, which was not much inferior to FireWire in speed, and the widespread use of the USB standard in iMac very quickly determined the choice of most Mac users. But all this does not prevent the use of the FireWire standard and is still using it in professional solutions. And the first Macs with built-in FireWire ports went on sale on January 17, 1999.