site is currently being translated into other languages so it
can be used by a larger audience. If you are fluent in a language
other than English, and would like to translate this site into
that language please e-mail
me at your earliest convenience. You
don't have make any web pages, just be able to translate text
files that I'll provide. Anyone who would like to mirror this
site should also send me a message. Thanks.
Hello there, welcome to The Apple Museum, a site dedicated to cataloguing the history of Apple computer's people and products. The idea for this site came about when finding that I was always debunking misinformation or otherwise enlightening people as to the real nature of Apple and the Macintosh. Though I found several sites giving some information as to Apple's past there really wasn't a site that incorporated detailed specs with historical information on the company's evolution of its two decades in the industry. So, one day in August of 1997 I decided to create a site that would be a sort of reference to those wanting to find more information on Apple. Some how, it turned into this huge thing you see now.
I've tried to make navigating as easy as possible. To the left are several sections and categories of Apple-related information you can sink your teeth into. First, we have the Encyclopedia. This is one of the most comprehensive, thorough listings of Apple computers that really stood out when they were released. Find everything from the technical details of the Apple-1 to the immense power of the PowerMac G3. Next we have a series of articles on specific historical topics. A History of the GUI is an essay about Apple's involvement in the history of the graphical user interface (GUI), as well as a synopsis on its ongoing battle with Microsoft. The PowerPC Triumph is an essay on the making of the PowerPC. The Early Mac OS is dedicated to describing the features of the Mac OS that made it famous, back when it wasn't. It details information about System versions 1.0 to 5.0. It also includes rare screenshots and downloadable versions of most systems. Finally we have a section for Great Apple Ads, the ones that only lately has Apple been running often on television, radio, and print.
The next category is more of a collection of comprehensive lists. The first is Apple Code Names, which lists hundreds of code names Apple has used for past and present products, and is probably the largest such compilation anywhere. Mac Sightings is another list that is has become popular on other sites, but not often updated enough to be useful. It lists different TV shows and movies dating back to the early 80s that featured one or more Apple products in the background. Complementing this is the Celebrity Mac Users list, which further proves how creative professionals prefer the Mac. Many celebrities, world leaders, and major companies that use Macs regularly are listed here.
Timelines, the next category is a list of time lines pertaining to different aspects of Apple Computer. Probably the largest individual section on this site is the Apple History timeline, chronicling over 30 years of Apple-related history. Read about how Woz met Jobs, or the highlights of the past year. The Apple Product timeline lists in chronological order most all the products Apple has released so far. The final category is the Image Gallery, which is a large collection of images available for your viewing. The first is a gallery dedicated to all of Apple's computers, the second to influential people in Apple's life, and the third is a gallery of screen shots from past and present operating systems.
I have other sections that are planned to be included in this site as well. A section for biographies of the people in Apple's history will also be included, where you will find many pictures and tidbits of well-known as well as unknown "Apple Fellows". A section on Apple's road to a modern OS is also pending. Also, coming soon will be translations of the site in other languages. Overall I hope you enjoy my site, please e-mail any comments or information you have. Thank you.
Andy F. Mesa
Founder, The Apple Museum