It’s been an eventful year for Apple and the Mac market since Steve Jobs’s last keynote at Macworld Expo in New York.
* Jobs unveils the
G4 Cube, revised
multiprocessor G4s at Macworld Expo.
* Apple announces release date for
Mac OS X beta.
* Mac OS X beta
arrives along with new
* Apple issues a
* Rumors of an
Apple retail chain begin to surface.
* Customers complain of
crack-like mold lines in the Cube’s casing.
* Apple gives users an early glimpse of the unfinished
* Apple offers
rebates on Cube and PowerBooks.
* Apple reports a
$170 million profit amid slumping sales.
* Facing slow sales, Apple drops
exclusive online deals for its hardware.
* Mac users report
power switch problems.
* An Apple executive tells third-party retailers that
the company won’t open its own stores, as rumors of
Apple’s retail strategy continue.
* Apple warns that it expects
a first-quarter loss of $225 million to $250 million.
* Jobs announces a
Mac OS X ship date and debuts
faster Power Mac G4s with built-in CD-RW drives and the new
Titanium PowerBook G4. Two new applications —
iDVD also appear.
* Apple reports
its first quarterly loss in three years.
get new colors and CD-RW drives.
cuts Cube prices and adds a CD-RW drive.
* Apple unveils
Mac OS X.
* An Apple firmware update
disables RAM that doesn’t meet Apple specifications.
* Apple returns to profitability with a
net profit of $43 million.
* The 667MHz Power Mac G4
gets dropped from Apple’s product lineup.
* Apple introduces a thinner, lighter
* Apple launches plan for nationwide chain of retail stores, with the first ones opening in
McLean, Virginia and
* Jobs exhorts Mac developers to
release Mac OS X-native applications.
* The number of Carbonized applications
begins to grow.
suspends production of the G4 Cube.