Through the Years: 14 Products that Shaped Apple's Legacy

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#3  APPLE III



Time Span: 1980 – 1984



CPU class: 6502



OS: Apple SOS, Apple Pascal



Development status: Open



Platform size: 2



Apple III was described as Apple’s official entry into the PC market. But the unforgiving market simply let the unit down as it was taunted to be high priced with limited third-party support and a defective batch of early Apple III units. This resulted in the overall death of Apple III.



#4 APPLE LISA



Time Span: 1983 – 1985



CPU class: Motorola 68K



OS: Lisa OS, SCO, Xenix



Development status: Open



Platform size: 2



The birth of Apple Lisa has an interesting story behind it. When Steve Jobs and his colleagues were taking a stroll through Xerox PARC, a research and development center, all of a sudden they were subjected to see an advanced machine called the Alto which utilized a bitmapped graphical interface and a pointing device called a mouse. This sight inspired Jobs and his party to develop a unique platform, exclusively for Apple and thus gave birth to one of the first two commercial micro computer systems equipped with a graphical user interface. But the high price and frustrating slow speed resulted in the death of Apple Lisa.



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