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A handful of the most important Macs and Apple devices introduced each month from 1984 to the present are highlighted below.
For all Macs and Mac clones introduced in a particular year -- notable or otherwise -- EveryMac.com's By Year listing may be of interest and the Ultimate Mac Timeline may be of interest as well. iPod, iPhone and iPad devices also have their own By Year listing and a corresponding Ultimate iTimeline, too.
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Particularly notable dates in Apple History from each month include:
January 9, 2007: The original iPhone.
January 16, 1986: The Mac Plus, the first SCSI Mac.
January 19, 1989: The Macintosh SE/30, often dubbed the best Mac ever.
January 24, 1984: The one and only original Mac.
January 27, 2010: The original iPad.
February 4, 2003: The iMac G4/1.0 17-Inch, the first iMac to reach 1 GHz.
February 10, 1993: The still loved Color Classic.
February 16, 2000: The "Pismo" PowerBook G3, with expansion unequalled by later 'books.
February 28, 2006: The first Intel-powered Mac mini models.
March 2, 1987: The Macintosh II, the first color and expandable "Open Mac."
March 7, 1997: The translucent, kid friendly eMate.
March 19, 1990: The then wicked fast Macintosh IIfx.
March 21, 2002: The iPod "Touch Wheel," the first Windows iPod.
April 7, 1998: The Japan-exclusive PowerBook 2400c/240 subnotebook.
April 14, 1986: The 800k-equipped Macintosh 512ke.
April 24, 2006: The first MacBook Pro with a 17" display.
April 29, 2002: The then education-only original eMac.
May 6, 1998: The original iMac using a then unique translucent case.
May 8, 1997: The groundbreaking 4.4 pound PowerBook 2400c subnotebook.
May 16, 2006: The original MacBook.
May 30, 1994: The Japan-exclusive PowerBook 550c, the fastest 68k notebook.
June 1, 1999: The Blue Power Mac G3/450, the fastest Apple G3 tower.
June 7, 2010: The groundbreaking iPhone 4.
June 15, 2010: The first aluminum Mac mini.
June 23, 2003: The original "cheese grater" Power Mac G5 models.
June 28, 1993: The LC 520, the first all-in-one LC model.
July 17, 2002: The iMac G4/800 17" FP, the first iMac with a 17" display.
July 19, 2000: The beautiful, but underappreciated, Power Mac G4 Cube.
July 21, 1999: The original "Clamshell" iBook, the first 'Book with AirPort.
July 29, 1993: The then lightning fast Quadra 840AV, the fastest 68k Mac.
August 3, 1993: The original Newton MessagePad.
August 7, 2006: The first Mac Pro.
August 31, 2004: The first iMac G5.
September 5, 2007: The first iPod touch.
September 7, 2005: The original iPod nano.
September 10, 1984: The "Fat Mac" 512k.
September 20, 1989: The long-lived and popular Macintosh IIci.
October 5, 1999: The slot-loading iMac, the first iMac to be convection cooled.
October 15, 1990: The Mac Classic, the first sub-US$1000 Mac.
October 19, 2005: The final Power Mac G5.
October 23, 2001: The original iPod.
October 25, 1993: The still coveted black all-in-one Mac TV.
November 7, 1997: The final Newton MessagePad via the short-lived Newton, Inc.
November 10, 1997: The first PowerBook G3, codenamed "Kanga."
November 15, 1996: The Power Mac 4400, notable for many standard parts, a first.
November 18, 2003: The 20" iMac G4, the final "lamp" iMac model.
November 20, 1996: The PowerBook 1400, the only 'Book with BookCovers.
Historically, Apple never has made a major introduction during the month of December. Enjoy the holiday season!