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Apple’s lineup consists of MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini. It runs macOS for its operating system.

The Air features a 13-inch Retina display, the MacBook features a 12-inch Retina display, and the Pro is available in 13-inch and 15-inch Retina options.

The mini and Mac Pro both ship without peripherals — mouse, keyboard, display — and aren’t updated very frequently.The iMac is available in 21.5-inch and 27-inch versions, both with Retina displays.

The Mac is Apple’s longest running product. It was originally released in 1984 for $2,495. Over the years, the form factor has changed, but the goal of it is still the same: to be the best mass market personal computer. It comes with a number of free applications like Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, Garageband, and Apple Photos. Macs currently use Intel processors (announced in 2005), but there are rumors they are shifting to ARM processors in the next few years.

Since 2000, the operating system powering the computer was Mac OS X (rebranded as macOS in 2016). macOS has its roots from the NeXT days. When Apple purchased NeXT, they took their OPENSTEP project as the basis for what would become OS X. The original beta was released on September 13, 2000.

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Mac Stories January 22

This year officially marks the end of an era: as announced in 2017, Adobe will stop supporting the once-ubiquitous Flash by the end of 2020. With the newest release of its Safari Technology Preview browser today, Apple has taken the next step as part of its efforts to end all usage of Flash in Safari.

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Mac Stories January 17

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Mac Stories January 16

The Pro Display XDR landed on my desktop a few days ago, and I’ve spent enough time with it to gather some early first thoughts about Apple’s high-end monitor. As a former 27-inch Thunderbolt Display owner, I’ve been pining for a modern replacement for it for years, but is this the answer?

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Mac Stories January 15

A new app called Sensei has arrived today for Mac that lets you monitor and tweak performance to get the most out of your machine. Sensei features a beautiful user interface with rich icons and lots of functionality like an SSD Trim Enabler, battery health, storage management, performance dashboard, and much more.

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“I totally forgot that Rihanna was used as the track for an iPad 2 guided tour. What a weird year.” Sam Henri Gold was giving me a progress update on what would eventually become The Apple Archive. He had just made it to 2011. Compiled from hundreds of videos and images spanning Apple’s near 44-year history, the collection is believed to be one of the largest of its kind ever made available. It launches today.

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