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This is the name of the computers that are made by Apple Computer. The first Macintosh was introduced in 1984 and was seen as a major innovation in computing ease-of-use. The Macintosh was the first personal computer to use a graphical user interface (GUI), which allowed the user to interact with the operating system by using a mouse to click and drag objects. Since 1984, Apple has continually revised and upgraded the Macintosh product line and now makes both laptop and desktop versions of the Macintosh. The Macintosh product line includes the following models:

  1. Power Mac - a high-performance desktop computer for professionals
  2. PowerBook - a high-performance laptop computer for professionals.
  3. iMac - a creatively designed consumer desktop computer
  4. iBook - a laptop computer for students and home users
  5. eMac - an all-in-one desktop computer for educators and entry-level consumers
  6. Mac mini - a super-small, fully functional computer sold without a monitor, keyboard, or mouse

Apple also makes other equipment such as displays, MP3 players, and networking hardware, but the Macintosh is the heart and soul of the company. Macintosh computers run the Macintosh operating system, creatively named the "Mac OS."

Published: 2004

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