Apple Macintosh

family of personal computers designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Inc.

The Apple Macintosh or just Mac is a line of personal computers made by the American company Apple Inc. The Macintosh was one of the first computers in which the people could use a mouse for pointing on a screen which had icons. This new way of working with a computer (interface) was known as graphical user interface. It was this feature of the Macintosh that made it so popular.

An iMac. Unlike most computers, it has a computer system with the screen inside it.



Processor history


The Apple–Intel transition was when Apple changed the CPU of Macintosh computers from PowerPC processors to Intel x86 processors.[1][2] It was announced at the 2005 World Wide Developers Conference.[1][3] Steve Jobs announced it.

Macintoshes were different than other personal computers for many years based on their central processor unit (CPU). At the start, Macs used Motorola 68000 chips instead of Intel chips. Later, Macs used PowerPC chips. In 2006, Macs started to use Intel chips. In 2020, Macs started to use Apple Silicon chips. Today, Macs are sold with Apple M1 chips.


Compact (portable) Consumer (end user) Professional
Desktop Mac Mini iMac Mac Pro; Mac Studio
Portable (MacBook) MacBook MacBook Air MacBook Pro
Server Mac Mini (server) Mac Mini (server) Mac Pro (server)



The Mac does not have the Windows operating system installed on it. It has its own range of operating systems, known as macOS. The newest operating system is known as “Sonoma". Macs can run both Windows and macOS at the same time with help of a program called “Boot Camp”, which comes on every Intel-based Mac.

In general, Macintosh computers cost more than other computers of the same speed.



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  3. Daniel Terdiman. "Apple and Intel OK With Coders". Retrieved 2011-11-01.