Webopedia on Google+Webopedia on TwitterWebopedia on FacebookTech Bytes Blog
Main » TERM » A »

Apple Computer

A personal computer company founded in 1976 by Steven Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Throughout the history of personal computing, Apple has been one of the most innovative influences. In fact, some analysts say that the entire evolution of the PC can be viewed as an effort to catch up with the Apple Macintosh.

In addition to inventing new technologies, Apple also has often been the first to bring sophisticated technologies to the personal computer. Apple's innovations include:

  • Graphical user interface (GUI). First introduced in 1983 on its Lisa computer. Many components of the Macintosh GUI have become de facto standards and can be found in other operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows.
  • Color. The Apple II, introduced in 1977, was the first personal computer to offer color monitors.
  • Built-in networking . In 1985, Apple released a new version of the Macintosh with built-in support for networking (LocalTalk).
  • Plug & play expansion. In 1987, the Mac II introduced a new expansion bus called NuBus that made it possible to add devices and configure them entirely with software.
  • QuickTime. In 1991, Apple introduced QuickTime, a multi-platform standard for video, sound, and other multimedia applications.
  • Integrated television. In 1993, Apple released the Macintosh TV, the first personal computer with built-in television and stereo CD.
  • RISC. In 1994, Apple introduced the Power Mac, based on the PowerPC RISC microprocessor.






  • TECH RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
    DID YOU KNOW?
    The Great Data Storage Debate: Is Tape Dead?

    Tape clearly is on the decline. But remember, legacy systems can hang for a shockingly long time. Read More »

    Apple Pay Promises to Strengthen Payment Security

    Experts believe that Apple Pay and other competitive payment systems will be far more secure than cards, even cards equipped with EMV chips. Read More »

    Internet of Things Shaping IT's Future

    To make the IoT both work and pay off, IT is juggling upgrading and building app-centric networks, mapping out new data center architectures and... Read More »

    QUICK REFERENCE
    Webopedia Polls

    The trend for the past two years has been for shoppers to spend more online during the holiday season. How do you typically shop for holiday... Read More »

    How to Create a Desktop Shortcut to a Website

    This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a desktop shortcut to a website using Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer (IE). Read More »

    Flash Data Storage Vendor Trends

    Although it is almost impossible to keep up with the pace of ongoing product releases, here are three recent highlights in the flash data storage... Read More »