The Mac – or “Macintosh” if we’re going back to 1984 – is the first computer to effectively market a graphical computer to the masses, all delivered by Apple (or, at the time, Apple Computer).

The Mac has gone through several stages of evolution and iteration since 1984, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Performa, Power Mac (including the G4 Cube!), iBook, and more. It remains one of the most popular computers you’ll see in business, schools, and homes today.

September's MacBook, Twitter's Dead APIs - TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-17

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on a report saying a new MacBook is coming in September, along with redesigned iPad Pro models. They also have something to say about Twitter shutting down the APIs third-party client apps rely on.

Apple Commemorates Aretha Franklin's Life with Apple Music Playlists

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The music world lost a pillar with the passing of Aretha Franklin. She was suffering from pancreatic cancer, as did Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. To commemorate her life Apple has several playlists on Apple Music celebrating her powerful contributions to soul, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk. Aretha’s influence crossed musical genres and that won’t likely change even though she’s gone. You can check out her Apple Music playlists in the Music app on your iPhone or iPad, or under the Browse tab in iTunes music section.

Apple Commemorates Aretha Franklin’s Life with Apple Music Playlists

Apple Releases macOS Mojave Public Beta 6

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

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Apple released macOS Mojave Public Beta 6 on Wednesday, following Monday’s release of macOS Mojave developer beta 7.

New Apple Watch Predictions, 20 Years of iMac - TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-15

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what might be coming in the next Apple Watch along with what product announcements may be coming this fall. They also look back at the iMac 20 years after it first shipped.

Check Out Steve Jobs Unveiling the First iMac 20 Years Ago

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The iMac is 20 years old, and it’s the computer that started Apple down the path to become the first company with a trillion dollar market cap. Then interim CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iMac on stage in May 1998, and the all-in-one computer shipped on August 15th. That computer shipped with a 233 MHz G3 processor, Mac OS 8.1, a 4 GB hard drive, and was the first Mac with USB. Check out Steve unveiling the original Bondi Blue iMac.

The Hackindog Episode - TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-10

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple’s ongoing problems with the 2018 Touch Bar MacBook Pro, and Pandora’s plan to improve podcast discoverability. John also inspires Jeff to coin the term “hackindog.”

Cardhop for Mac gets Instagram Label Support, More

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Flexibits Cardhop for the Mac

Cardhop from Flexibits is already a pretty handy tool for viewing and managing contacts on your Mac, and its latest update adds Instagram to the list of social networks you can include in contact entries.

Here's How to Turn Your iPad into a Classic Mac

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Your iPad makes for a pretty good Mac, assuming you’re comfortable doing a little compiling on your own. Mini vMac for iOS turns your iPad into a Mac Plus, Mac II, or Mac 128K with Mac OS 6 or 7. The source code is on GitHub and you’ll need the right ROM and disk images, all of which are available online. It even works with external keyboards and simulates an old school mouse. Mini vMac for iOS is free, and pretty cool to see running on an iPad.

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· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet take a look at the new iPad icons uncovered in iOS 12. They also discuss the 14% drop in Mac unit sales and wonder why Apple doesn’t use that one weird trick of making new Macs to goose Mac sales. They cap the show with a look at why Apple would cancel the App Store Affiliate Program.

How to Fix the "Date and Time" macOS High Sierra Bug

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro owners say there's a weird clicking sound coming from their laptop

Over the last couple of weeks, Melissa Holt has come across a weird date and time bug that’s affecting users after updating to macOS High Sierra (or migrating to a new machine). In this Quick Tip, she’s got the details on how to squash this bug (and what you might look for if your problem persists).