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Difference between Apples and Macs (1990’s)?

Back in the 90’s I used to hear the terms

‘Apple’ and ‘Mac’ when referring to computers.

They seemed to be synonymous. .

Was these actually two different things?

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  • opurt
    Lv 7
    9 months ago
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    Originally Apple was produced computers simply named for the company -- the Apple Computer, followed by the Apple II (or ][), II Plus, IIe, the Apple III, Apple Lisa and others.

    The first computer they sold that didn't include Apple as part of the official name was the Macintosh. Through the last half of the 1980s they sold both product lines so Apple and Mac were two distinct things. By the early 90s the Apple line had been discontinued so Apple only made the Macintosh, at least when it came to computers.

    • Fried Kitten
      Lv 6
      9 months agoReport

      That really clarifies it - thank you.

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  • Andy T
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Apple is the company that produced the brand Macintosh, shorten to Mac. There you go confusion solved.

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  • L
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Before "Macintosh", there was the "Apple Computer" line up... I learned spreadsheets using Visicalc on an Apple II (running a MOS Tech 6502) in the late 1970's. In 1984, the first Macintosh 128k was introduced (running on a Motorolla 68000 series CPU). My first Mac was a 512k... All of these were desktop computers.

    The Apple II was a desktop "pizzabox" with a built-in keyboard + external monitor; no mouse or graphical user interface (until the II GS). The Macintosh Operating System on a MacPlus was a combined (monitor and CPU in one case) "compact" all-in-one with an external keyboard, mouse and graphical user interface.

    Look at the timeline:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Macintos...

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  • 9 months ago

    Early Apple products used the name Apple attached to the product itself, so you had the Apple Lisa, for example. Then they introduced the first Macintosh computer (look up the Apple 1984 commercial, it's famous.) So today, an Apple computer is a Mac of one sort or another, iMac, Mac Pro, Macbook, etc. Other products have other names, such as iPad, iPhone. But the company is Apple.

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  • 9 months ago

    Apple is the name of the company. Mac is the name of the product they produce.

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  • 9 months ago

    Apple was and still is the company. The MacIntosh (Mac) was the first commercially viable desktop produced by Apple. Back in the days of yore, Apple only produced one product...the Mac. So the two terms were more or less synonymous.

    Of course, nowadays, Apple produces dozens of products so saying "Apple" would be ambiguous.

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