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Rare working Apple 1 computer sells for record $374,500

A 36-year-old Apple-1 personal computer -- one of just six thought to be in working condition -- sold for a record $374,500 at a New York auction Friday.

Apple expands Back to School promotion to include iPad purchases

In past years, new and returning college students were eligible for rewards from Apple when they bought a Mac before heading back to school. This year, Apple is expanding the program to students who buy a third-generation iPad before September 21.

Cook: Apple planning professional Mac for 2013

Apple CEO Tim Cook told a user via email that Apple's planning new professional systems for Mac users next year.

Mac Pro quietly gets first update since 2010

Apple on Monday quietly released an update to the tower Mac, nearly two years after its last update.

WWDC Summary: MacBooks get an update, Mountain Lion gets a ship date

In addition to rolling out updates to its MacBook Pro and Air lineups and announcing that Mountain Lion would arrive in July, Apple also offered a preview of iOS 6, which is slated for a fall release.

At WWDC, context matters for hardware announcements

Many people are expecting Apple to unveil new Mac models during Monday's WWDC keynote. Is it likely? It depends on whether the new hardware has features aimed at the developers attending WWDC, Philip Michaels argues.

The Macintosh II celebrates its 25th anniversary

The Macintosh II made its debut 25 years ago. Here's the story of how Steve's worst nightmare--an expandable Mac--built a bridge to the future.

Intel releases Ivy Bridge: New Mac models coming soon?

Intel on Monday unveiled the Ivy Bridge processor family, the third generation in the company’s line of Core processors. Does that mean new Macs are around the corner?

Mac Pro users clamor for hardware upgrade

Ardent users are clamoring for quick upgrades to Apple's Mac Pro, while an unstable hardware timetable for the high-end desktop has raised concerns about the future of Apple's onetime most powerful Mac.

Apple issues firmware update for 2011 Mac models

Four firmware updates released Thursday promise to improve stability for every MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac mini introduced in 2011.

Analysts: Hard drive prices to remain high through 2014

Hard disk drive supplies will continue to languish due to last year's floods in Thailand and prices will continue to remain high through 2014, according to...

In UK, Apple grows PC market share while rivals stuggle

Apple sold 267,000 Macs in the UK in the final quarter of 2011, increasing its share of the PC market in that country to 9.1 percent.

Firmware updates enable Lion Internet Recovery for more Mac models

On Tuesday, Apple released three EFI firmware updates that enable Lion Internet Recovery on some 2010 iMac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models.