If you happen to land on the Apple (AAPL) website today, you will be greeted with the colorful images like the one below as the company celebrates a huge milestone: the 30th birthday of the Apple Mac.
Given the company’s current focus on iPads and iPhones — and the fact that it dropped “Computer” from its name altogether in 2007 — it’s easy to forget that Apple started as a computer company. But thanks to the still-evolving Macintosh computer, AAPL remains an industry leader.
In fact, Apple has actually managed to expand its share of the PC market — even though that market is currently stalling and has long been dominated by computers running Microsoft (MSFT) Office. On the strength of innovative products like the new Mac Pro and the trend-setting MacBook Pro laptops, Apple Mac sales have outperformed the rest of the PC market in 29 out of the last 30 quarters.
In celebration of the 30th birthday of the Apple Mac, let’s take a few minutes away from the iPhone, iPad, iTunes and AppleTV to reflect on five of the biggest moments in Macintosh computer history.