An Introduction To The MacBook, iMac

By: Robert Thomson

There is no doubt that Macintosh intimidates many PC users. It is unfamiliar territory, and anyone who is used to a Microsoft platform will find that Apple uses a rather different system. Apple Inc. produces Macintosh computers, and though you might be more familiar with an iPod or the iPhone, the iMac, MacBook, and Mac Mini might seem foreign territory.

All Apple products operate on a Mac created system, so you might be using more Apple products than you realize. The infamous iTunes is created by Apple, and is used on a multitude of operating systems.

Apple Computers began in 1976 and continues to remain a strong, viable force in technological industries. PC users shouldn't feel intimidated by Apple computers and software, once you understand the differences and capabilities of Apple products, you'll quickly realize that they provide many benefits.

When a PC user purchases a computer, it typically comes with a Microsoft operating system; an Apple computer will not have a Microsoft system, but one that has been designed by Apple. This system is referred to as MAC OS and like Microsoft has a variety of operating systems (Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, etc.), Macintosh operating systems also range in variety.

The iMac computers include the iMac G3, the iMac G4, the iMac G5, and the Intel based iMac. At first glance, the iMac computer is sleek and stylish. The original shape of the iMac G3 was contemporary and in demand.

The MacBook is an Apple designed notebook or laptop computer. The first MacBook, laptop computer was released on May 16, 2006. Some MacBook computers include the MacBook Air, MacBook Core Duo, MacBook Core 2 Duo, MacBook Core 2 Duo Aluminum, MacBook Pro Core Duo, MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo and the MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Unibody. When choosing a MacBook, each computer has different technological specifications allowing the user to choose the memory, processor, graphics, and display that they need.

Apple is always revealing new computer gear and technological products through their Macworld Conference and Exposition and in January 2005, they unveiled the Mac Mini. At 6 1/2 inches and standing a height of only 2 inches tall, the Mac Mini introduces computer users to a small, compact model. The Mac Mini is a full desktop computer that comes minus a keyboard, monitor, or mouse. Those who will easily connect it to other computer peripherals use it. The MacMini is available in hard drive capabilities ranging from 40 to 120 Gigabytes and can be upgraded. With the wide variety of products available from Apple, PC users should not feel intimidated by the world of Macintosh, but rather embrace this ever-growing line of computer technology.

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