Apple Timeline, 1996-2000

<1991-1995> <2001-2005>
Year
Apple
Other
1996
  • Last 680x0-based Mac discontinued.
  • 04.22: Power Mac 7600 replaces 7500, moves to PowerPC 604 CPU.
  • 05.01: DayStar Genesis MP 300 introduced, first Mac OS computer with dual CPUs.
  • May: Umax joins the Mac clone market.
  • Aug.: Apple kills Copland project.
  • Sept.: Motorola joins the Mac clone market.
  • 10.01: PowerBook 1400 introduced.
  • Oct.: Apple releases System 7.5.5.
  • 10.30: DayStar Genesis MP 528 introduced, first Mac OS computer with four CPUs.
  • 11.07: Power Mac 4400 is Apple's answer to the Mac clones.
  • Dec.: Apple agrees to acquire NeXT; Steve Jobs returns to Apple.
  • More in Macintosh History: 1996
1997
  • BeOS port to Intel underway.
  • 56k modems take the industry by storm.
  • Cable modems and WebTV introduced.
  • May. Intel ships Pentium II CPU.
  • June. Intel ships Pentium MMX CPU.
1998
  • 01.19: Mac OS 8.1 introduced.
  • 02.27: Apple discontinues Newton development.
  • 03.17: Beige Power Mac G3 reaches 300 MHz.
  • 05.04: Apple announces PowerBook G3 Series.
  • 05.06: Steve Jobs announces the iMac, which won't ship until mid-August, and creates a media feeding frenzy.
  • 05.29: Umax, the last Mac OS licensee, pulls out of the Mac clone market.
  • 08.15: iMac officially available, largest model rollout in the industry.
  • 08.31: Apple discontinues support for all 68000- and 68020-based Macs, as well as most 86030-based models.
  • August to November: iMac top selling US computer, sells 800,000 units during 1998
  • Apple has first year with four profitable quarters since 1985.
  • 10.17: Mac OS 8.5 ships, first Mac OS release with no 680x0 support.
  • 10.17: iMac Rev. B replaces first iMac design.
  • More in Macintosh History: 1998
  • April. Intel introduces Celeron CPU.
  • June. Windows 98 ships.
  • June. Intel introduces Pentium II Xeon CPU.
The iMac
1999
The
Mac
is
15!
  • 01.04: iMac 266 introduced.
  • 01.04: Power Mac G3(a.k.a. Blue & White G3, Yosemite) introduced at 300, 350, and 400 MHz.
  • 01.24: The Macintosh is 15 years old.
  • March: Mac OS X Server ships
  • 04.14: iMac 333 ships.
  • 04.14: Mac OS 8.6 ships.
  • 05.10: PowerBook G3 (a.k.a. Lombard, Bronze Keyboard) ships at 333 and 400 MHz.
  • June: Power Mac G3 reaches 450 MHz.
  • 07.21: iBook announced with September release.
  • 08.31: 'Yikes' Power Mac G4/400 available, 450 MHz 'Sawtooth' model follows in September.
  • Late September: iBook reaches dealers.
  • 10.13: Apple scales base G4 back to 350 MHz with no price drop. G4/500 projected for first quarter 2000.
  • 12.01: Apple replaces 'Yikes' G4/350 with model using 'Sawtooth' motherboard.
  • More in Macintosh History: 1999
  • Intel introduces Pentium III CPU.
  • AMD roars past Intel with Athlon CPU, which reaches 800 MHz by year-end.
2000
  • AMD roars past Intel with Athlon CPU, which reaches 1 GHz
  • Intel catches up with 1 GHz Pentium III CPU
  • Microsoft releases Window Me (Millennium Edition)
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