This page is a timeline of every Apple computer's introduction
and discontinuation date. It also includes how much (in $US) Apple
was selling it for when it was introduced, and how much when it
was discontinued. Descriptions of the computer's historical achievements
are also given when available. I decided to make this a seperate
timeline for easier reference. Note, the discontinued date is
not the date Apple stops selling them, but when it stops producing
them. Discontinued Macs are usually sold by Apple from 6 months
to 2 years after discontinuation. As usual, if you find any extra
information or mistakes, please e-mail
Mac Bathroom Reader, Apple
Technical Information Library, Apple
Product Info, Macworld.
- May, 1976:
$666.66 Apple I, Apple's first
computer is introduced.
- April, 1977:
The Apple II, Apple's first
computer as an incorporated company is introduced for $1295.
Instant success due to its technological breakthroughs, becomes
one of the most successful microcomputers in history.
- June, 1979:
Apple II+ is introduced for
- May 19, 1980:
The Apple III is introduced.
- December, 1982: Apple II is discontinued.
- January 19:
Apple's first GUI---operated computer, the Lisa,
is introduced for $9998. The Apple
IIe is introduced for $1395, aguably becoming the most successful
. It will be on Apple's product line for 10 and a half years.
Apple II+ discontinued.
The Apple III+ is introduced
for $2995. It replaced the defective Apple
- January 24:
$2495 Macintosh and $3495 Lisa 2 introduced.
- April 24:
Apple IIc introduced at the
Apple Forever Conference in San Diego.
$3195 Mac 512k introduced.
$2,599 Mac Plus introduced,
has the longest lifespan of any Mac model.
Mac 512k discontinued at $1,199,
replaced by the $1999 Mac 512ke.
Mac 512ke discontinued after
only 5 months, one of the shortest lifespan as of the date.
The Apple IIGS is introduced
for $999, the last new model in the Apple II line.
The Apple IIc is discontinued,
replaced by the Apple IIc+,
the last in the Apple II line.
$7769 Mac IIx introduced.
$4369 Mac SE/30 introduced.
$4669 Mac IIcx introduced.
$6269 Mac IIci and Apple's first portable computer, the $5799
Mac Portable are introduced.
Mac II discontinued at $4869
Apple's most expensive Mac and most expensive computer next to
the Lisa, the $8969 Mac IIfx,
$1799 Mac Plus, $2569 Mac SE, and $5269 Mac IIx are
discontinued. $1500 Mac Classic,
$2499 Mac LC, and $3769 Mac IIsi
Apple IIc+ discontinued.
Apple introduces the first models in the PowerBook line ($2299
PB100, $2899 PB140, $4599
PB 170). Apple also introduces the first Quadras ($5699 Q700,
$7199 Q900). Mac Classic
discontinued, replaced by Mac Classic II.
$1699 Mac LC II introduced.
$7199 Quadra 950 introduced replacing the $7199 Quadra 900.
PowerBook 145 introduced, replaces $1599 PB 100 and $1299 PB
Apple introduces the first models in the Performa line (Performa
200, 400, 600, and 600CD). Apple also introduces the first models
in the PowerBook Duo line ($2249 PB Duo 210, $2609 PB Duo 230).
Also introduced are the $2949 Mac IIvx, and the $4109 PB 180.
Arguably the best model in the PB 1xx line, the PB180 replaced
the $4109 PB170.
Apple IIgs discontinued.
The first models in the Centris line ($1859 Centris 610, $2699
Centris 650) are introduced. Also introduced are the $1349 Mac
LC III, $3399 PB165c, and $4679 Quadra 800. The Mac IIci is discontinued
Performas 405, 430, and 450 are introduced.
$1509 Mac LC 520 introduced. The $1649 PB 145B is introduced,
replacing the $2149 PB145, and so is the $4159 PB180c. The first
audiovisual Macs, with built-in speech recognition and TV/Video
abilities are introduced. These are the $2489 Centris
660av and the Quadra 840av.
Centris 660av changed to the
$1969 PowerBook 165c introduced.
Mac Classic II discontinued at $1079.
$2079 Macintosh TV is introduced.
$1082 Mac LC 475 and Performas 410, 475, 460, 550 are also introduced.
The Centris line is merged with the Quadra line discontinuing
all Centras (including Centris 660av, with the shortest lifespan
of any Mac) and introducing the $969 Quadra 605 (least expensive
Mac), $1439 Quadra 610, and the $2289 Quadra
660av. $2599 PB Duo 250 and $3099 270c released. Also discontinued
is the $1659 Mac IIvx, losing more of its value during its lifespan
than any other Mac.
Apple IIe Enhanced discontinued.
- January 24:
10 year anniversary of the Macintosh. Books written, celebrations
held for the occasion.
Mac LC 550, 575 introduced. Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible
Macintosh 16" Monitor discontinued.
- March 14:
Apple releases the first PowerMacs ($1819 PM 6100/60, $2899 PM
7100/66, and $4249 PM 8100/80). Quadra 800 and Macintosh 21"
Monitor are discontinued. Newton MessagePad is also discontinued.
Quadra 610 discontinued.
Apple OneScanner discontinued.
Mac LC 630/Quadra 630 introduced. Quadra 840AV and Performa Display
monitor are discontinued.
Quadra 650/660AV discontinued.
Quadra 605 discontinued.
PowerMac 6100/66, 66AV, and DOS Compatible are introduced. PM
7100/80 & 80AV introduced. Newton MessagePad 130 introduced.
PM 5200/75 LC and $1200 Mac LC
580 and Performa 580, 588
are introduced. Quadra 630, PM 6100/66 & 66AV, PM 7100/66
& 66AV are discontinued. Newton MP 100/110 also discontinued.
Apple releases the first PCI Mac, the $5000 PowerMac 9500/120
using the new Tsunami motherboard.
$2000 Performa 6200, $3000
Performa 6230 and PowerMac
PM 7500/100 introduced. AppleVision 1710AV and MultiScan 14 are
introduced. PM 7100/80AV discontinued.
PM 5300/100 LC is introduced.
Quadra 950 and Apple AudioVision are discontinued.
AppleVision 1710 introduced. PB Duo 280c, PM 7100/80 are discontinued.
PM 5500/225 introduced. Color StyleWriter 1500 & 2500 introduced.
Newton MessagePad 130 and Apple Color OneScanner 600/27 are introduced.
PM 7200/75 discontinued.
PM 5260/100, 5400/120, 7200/120, 7600/120, 8200/100 & 120,
8500/132 & 150, PM 9500/150 are introduced. Performa 6320
and 6400 are introduced. Network Server 500/132, 700/150, 8550/132
are introduced. PM 5200/75 LC discontinued.
LaserWriter 12/640 PS introduced.
PM 9500/180, 180MP, 200, 200MP are introduced. The PB 5300 is
finally brought out of its misery.
Network Server 700/200, 8550/200 introduced. Apple Color OneScanner
1200/30 introduced. PB 190/190cs, PB 5300ce/cs, and Performa
6320 are discontinued.
PowerBook 1400/117 & 133 are introduced, finally bringing
new life to the PB line. PM 5260/120, 5400/180, and Performa
6360 are also introduced.
PM 4400/160 (in Europe only), PM 7600/200 are introduced.
The PB 3400/200 & 240 are introduced, becoming the fastest
laptops in the world. PM 4400/200, PM 6500/225 & 250, PM
7300/180 & 200, PM 8600/200, and PM 9600/200 & 200MP
are also introduced. Newton MessagePad 2000/166, eMate 300, and
QuickTake 200 are also introduced. PM 7200/120 DOS Compatible
discontinued. Apple MultiScan 14" & 15" Monitors
are also discontinued. It was a big month for Apple ;-)
$7500 20th Anniversary Macintosh introduced, over a year after
Apple's 20th birthday. Within a year it would its price will
drop by $6000.
The $5399 PM 9600/350 using the Mach 5 PPc 604e is introduced.
- November 10:
PowerMac G3 & PowerBook G3 models introduced.
- February 27:
Newton MessagePad 2100 and eMate
300 are discontinued, no new Newton products will be produced
after this point.
- April 1:
The PowerMac G3 All-In-One is introduced to the education market
on Apple's 22nd anniversary.
The PowerBook G3, arguably the most technologically ingenious
machine sine the Apple II, is introduced.
- August 15:
The iMac, Apple's extremely popular Bondi-blue box, is released,
becoming the fastest selling computer in Apple history.