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The Macintosh has had an amazing roller-coaster history, from the excitement and hype surrounding the computer’s original release, through the difficult early days where the Mac struggled to find a role, to the introduction of the LaserWriter printer and the birth of desktop publishing, the dark, dark days of the 90s and then the resurgence following the return of Steve Jobs. Even in those darkest days however, most computer companies would have given their back teeth to shift as many computers as Apple.


The famous advert introducing the Macintosh

The Games

A surprising amount of games have debuted on the Mac, including huge sellers such as SimCity, Myst and Prince of Persia.

Arcade games have never been the Mac’s strong point, with most games leaning towards the cerebral. One glorious oasis in this action game desert were Bungie, who, before being sold to Apple’s then arch-rival Microsoft, supported the Mac with some great games, including the brilliant Marathon series. Bungie’s Halo, which went on to be the Xbox’ flagship game, was originally planned as a Mac game and was first shown during a Steve Jobs keynote address at the 1999 MacWorld Expo. A Mac port was later released.

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Apple History
Information on just about every Apple computer ever.

Major events

22 January 1984
The famous 1984 advert airs during the Superbowl

24 January 1984
Launch

1991
PowerBook laptop range launched

1998
iMac launched

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