Dates in Mac history

I’m always looking for important dates in Macintosh history, for no good reason.

January 1, 1904: if you have an original Mac and the battery goes dead, this is the starting date.

August 11, 1950: birth of Stephen Gary Wozniak, better known as Steve Wozniak.

February 24, 1955: birth of Steven Paul Jobs, better known as Steve Jobs.

October 28, 1955: birth of William Henry Gates III, better known as Bill Gates.

August 27, 1956: birthdate of Ray Montagne, designer of the CUDA chip in old Mac. If your Mac displays this date, you have a Mac that has ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) chips and your battery is dead. An excellent example of a system-level Easter egg.

December 31, 1969 or January 1, 1970: January 1, 1970 is the start of the Unix epoch (the beginning of time for Unix. Unix counts time in seconds, and one second past midnight on Jan. 1, 1970, is the start of the clock, the “zeroeth second”). If Mac OS X has problems determining the validity of a file, it will frequently display either December 31, 1969 or January 1, 1970. Tip: this is also a hint you may have a dead battery on your motherboard.

April 1, 1976: you have a dead battery and your machine has reverted back to the day that Apple, the company, was formed. Another stellar example of a system-level Easter egg.

January 1, 1983: Lisa introduced

January 1, 1984: Lisa 2 introduced

January 22, 1984: Macintosh introduced via a commercial during Super Bowl XVIII

January 24, 1984: Macintosh (original) for sale; System 1.0 released

May 5, 1984: System 1.1 released

September 10, 1984 Macintosh 512K introduced

January 1, 1985, Macintosh XL introduced

April 1985: System 2.0 released

September 1985: System 2.1 released

January 16, 1986, Macintosh Plus introduced
System 3.0 released

February 1986: System 3.1 released

April 14, 1986, Macintosh 512Ke introduced

June 1986: System 3.2 released

January 1, 1987, Macintosh Plus (Platinum) introduced
System 4.0 released

February 3, 1987, Macintosh SE introduced

March 2, 1987, Macintosh II introduced
System 4.1 released

October 1987: System 4.2 released

April 1988: System 6.0 released

September 19, 1988, Macintosh IIx introduced
System 6.0.1 released

January 19, 1989, Macintosh SE/30 introduced

March 7, 1989, Macintosh IIcx introduced

August 1, 1989, Macintosh SE FDHD introduced

March 19, 1990, Macintosh IIfx introduced

October 15, 1990, Macintosh LC introduced
Macintosh Classic introduced
Macintosh IIsi introduced

February 11, 1991, Macintosh Portable introduced

April 1991: System 6.0.8 released

June 1991: System 7.0 released

October 21, 1991, Macintosh Classic II introduced
Quadra 700 introduced
Quadra 900 introduced
PowerBook 100 introduced
PowerBook 140 introduced
PowerBook 170 introduced
System 7.0.1

March 23, 1992, Macintosh LC II introduced

May 18, 1992, Quadra 950 introduced

August 3, 1992, PowerBook 145 introduced
System 7.1 released

October 19, 1992, Macintosh IIvi introduced
Macintosh IIvx introduced
PowerBook 160 introduced
PowerBook 180 introduced
PowerBook Duo 210 introduced
PowerBook Duo 230 introduced

February 10, 1993: Macintosh LC III/III+ introduced
Macintosh Color Classic introduced
Centris 620 introduced
Centris 650 introduced
Quadra 800 introduced
PowerBook 165c introduced

March 22, 1993, Workgroup Server 80 introduced
Workgroup Server 95 introduced

June 7, 1993, PowerBook 145b introduced
PowerBook 180c introduced

June 28, 1993, Macintosh LC520 introduced

July 26, 1993, Workgroup Server 60 introduced

August 16, 1993, PowerBook 165 introduced

October 10, 1993, Macintosh Color Classic II (last “classic” Mac) introduced

October 21, 1993, Macintosh TV introduced
Quadra 605 introduced
Quadra 610 introduced
Quadra 650 introduced
PowerBook Duo 250 introduced
PowerBook Duo 270c introduced
PowerBook 520 introduced
PowerBook 540 introduced
System 7.1.1 released

February 2, 1994, Macintosh LC550 introduced
Macintosh LC 575 introduced

March 14, 1994, Power Macintosh 6100 introduced
Power Macintosh 7100 introduced
Power Macintosh 8100 introduced
System 7.1.2 introduced

April 26, 1994, Workgroup Server 6150 introduced
Workgroup Server 8150 introduced
Workgroup Server 9150 introduced

May 16, 1994, PowerBook 520c introduced
PowerBook 540c introduced
PowerBook 550 introduced
PowerBook Duo 280 introduced
PowerBook Duo 280c introduced

July 18, 1994, Quadra 630 introduced
PowerBook 150 introduced

September 1994: System 7.5 released

March 1995: System 7.5.1 released

March 1995: System 7.5.2 released

June 1995: System 7.5.3 released

September 27, 1996: System 7.5.5 released

January 7, 1997: System 7.6 released

January 12, 1997: HAL 9000 becomes operational at Urbana, Illinois. [In Arthur C. Clarke’s short story, The Sentinel. In the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the date is given as January 12, 1992. And yes, HAL plays a major role in Apple history.]

April 7, 1997: System 7.6.1 released

July 26, 1997: Mac OS 8.0 released

January 19, 1998: Mac OS 8.1 released

March 20, 1997: Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh released

August 15, 1998: iMac G3 began shipping.

October 17, 1998: Mac OS 8.5 released

December 7, 1998: Mac OS 8.5.1 released

March 16, 1999: Mac OS X Server 1.0 “Rhapsody” released. This version of Mac OS X, while it has the same name as the current operating system, was internally and externally very different.

May 10, 1999: Mac OS 8.6 released

October 23, 1999: Mac OS 9.0 released

April 4, 2000: Mac OS 9.0.4 released

July 19, 2000: Power Mac G4 Cube released

January 9, 2001: Mac OS 9.1 released

March 24, 2001: Mac OS X 10.0 “Cheetah” released

June 18, 2001: Mac OS 9.2 released

August 21, 2001: Mac OS 9.2.1 released

September 25, 2001: Mac OS X 10.1 “Puma” released

December 5, 2001: Mac OS 9.2.2 released

January 7, 2002: iMac G4 released.

April 29, 2002: eMac released.

August 24, 2002: Mac OS X 10.2 “Jaguar” released

October 24, 2003: Mac OS X 10.3 “Panther” released

August 31, 2004: iMac G5 released

January 20, 2005: Mac Mini G4 released

April 29, 2005: Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” released

January 10, 2006: First Intel-based Macs released, the 15″ MacBook Pro and iMac Core Duo.

August 7, 2006: Mac Pro released

October 26, 2007: Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” released

August 28, 2009: Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” released

July 20, 2011: Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” released

October 5, 2011: Steve Jobs dies at home of respiratory failure brought on by pancreatic cancer.

July 24, 2012: OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) released. Mac OS X is officially renamed OS X.

October 22, 2013: OS X Mavericks (10.9) released as a free update.

December 19, 2013: Mac Pro (late 2013 edition) released.

October 16, 2014: OS X Yosemite (10.10) released as a free update.

June 8, 2015: OS X El Capitan (10.11) released as a free update.

[time passes…]

Tuesday January 19, 2038: the world ends, as the 32-bit versions of Unix reach the maximum number of seconds supported by the clock, and reset to zero. Or possibly the world starts again. This will happen at 3:14:07 UTC (seven seconds after 3:14 a.m. in Greenwich, England).

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