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Apple’s lineup consists of MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini. It runs macOS for its operating system.

The Air features a 13-inch Retina display, the MacBook features a 12-inch Retina display, and the Pro is available in 13-inch and 15-inch Retina options.

The mini and Mac Pro both ship without peripherals — mouse, keyboard, display — and aren’t updated very frequently.The iMac is available in 21.5-inch and 27-inch versions, both with Retina displays.

The Mac is Apple’s longest running product. It was originally released in 1984 for $2,495. Over the years, the form factor has changed, but the goal of it is still the same: to be the best mass market personal computer. It comes with a number of free applications like Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, Garageband, and Apple Photos. Macs currently use Intel processors (announced in 2005), but there are rumors they are shifting to ARM processors in the next few years.

Since 2000, the operating system powering the computer was Mac OS X (rebranded as macOS in 2016). macOS has its roots from the NeXT days. When Apple purchased NeXT, they took their OPENSTEP project as the basis for what would become OS X. The original beta was released on September 13, 2000.

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