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Apple FAQ

Hello! It’s so nice of you to stop by on this page. Here’s our FAQ page we tried to make the best. You’ll find the answer to any question you ever wanted to ask, but have never got around to. And even more! We tried to encompass every aspect: products’ names, makes, models, specs, guides, tips and lifehacks if there is any. We also added FAQs about how to make your Apple device ready for sale and save your private info meanwhile. We hope, you’ll find these FAQ useful. If there’s anything you’d like to clarify, or if you feel we’ve omitted something important, don’t hesitate to post a feedback comment in the bottom of the page.

Apple FAQ

A Few Words about Apple

When Steven Wozniak designed what would become the Apple I, in 1976, his friend Steve Jobs, who had an eye for the future, insisted that they try to sell the device, and so Apple Computer was born on April 1, 1976. The very impressive Apple II followed suit in 1977, being the first personal computer in the world to include color graphic and to come in a plastic case. Orders for the revolutionary machines came by hundreds and then by thousands… In 1978, with the introduction of the Apple Disk II, the easy to use and the most inexpensive floppy drive ever, Apple Computer became a real threat to the old sleepy hollow known in the Universe as the planet Earth.

With the increase in production and sales, came an increase in company size. By 1980 a few thousand employees worked for it. The same year, the Apple III machine was unveiled and the company sold its first computers abroad. By the end of 1980, however, things got a bit more difficult, as a saturated market (well, the meaning of “saturated” is rather conventional, we mean “saturated for that epoch, when one out of thousand had a computer on their desks) made it more difficult to sell computers. As a result, in February 1981. Apple was forced to lay off 40 employees. Besides, Steven Wozniak was injured in a plane crash, took a leave of absence and returned only briefly. In March 1981, Steve Jobs became chairman of Apple computer. The great revolution began and the world exploded.

By the way, the year 1981 was a great year in the history of mankind, as Mel Brooks released his History of the World (Part I) movie and the same year, IBM released its first Personal Computer (PC for short). With the power of Big Blue behind the engine, the PC quickly dominated the playing field in our corner of the Milky Way. Steve Jobs’ team would have to work quickly if they hoped to compete with IBM in the computer market. Jobs realized that Apple would have to change. In April, John Sculley, ex-president of Pepsi-Cola, became president and CEO of Apple. Well, Steve Jobs believed John Sculley would help Apple grow up, but had no idea how right he would turn out to be. Eventually, Sculley’s nomination cost Job’s his job and Sculley became the de facto head of Apple in May 1985.

Curiously enough, over the next few months, Apple lost a fifth of its work force, as some 1,200 employees had to be laid off, and at the same time the company posted its first quarterly loss since April 1976. The results eroded confidence in Sculley’s abilities as CEO of Apple. Besides, John Sculley became locked in a epic battle with Microsoft’s Bill Gates over the introduction of Windows 1.0, which had many similarities to the Mac GUI. Bill Gates finally agreed to sign a statement to the effect that Microsoft would not use Mac technology in Windows 1 (but the agreement said nothing of future versions of Windows, and Gates’ lawyers made sure it was airtight). Well, Apple had lost exclusive rights to its interface design (and the unfortunate agreement would prove to be an important document in future lawsuits between Apple and Microsoft, involving the Windows interface).

What brought Apple and Macintosh out of the hole were the twin introductions of the LaserWriter, the first affordable PostScript laser printer for the Mac, and PageMaker, one of the first Desktop Publishing programs ever. These two in tandem made the Apple computer an ideal solution for inexpensive publishing, and the Mac became an overnight success, again. In 1987, Apple introduced the Mac II, which made the Macintosh line a viable and powerful family of computers. Apple was a “Wall Street darling” again, (and we quote Rolling Stone magazine here) shipping 50,000 Macs a month. It seemed in 1989 that Windows would be a flop, and the Mac would be riding high for the next decade… Well the story just begins, but we will stop here and let you read our great encyclopedia. Enjoy your reading!

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Mac Accessibility Shortcuts

Mac accessibility shortcuts help users control their Macs with a keyboard. Users can also ask Siri to help with some functions. To control accessibility options on you Mac, you can use these keyboard shortcuts or you can ask Siri to perform these functions: (more…)

Preparing iMac For Sale

You begin the process of preparing iMac for sale by choosing your model on our website. Once you have found the proper model, the next step is choosing how you wish to get paid. We can pay through PayPal, by check or with an Amazon gift card. All payments are processed on the next business day after your computer has been received and inspected. If you chose to receive payment via PayPal, the funds are available in one business day, and if you chose to be paid by gift card or check for the device you sell, we provide the tracking number of your check or gift card. Either way, you can be sure that you will get paid for your comp you want to sell. (more…)

Mac: User Accounts

When a computer is used by more than one person, these users may consider setting up separate user accounts on Mac for each user. Thus they all have their own personal set-up, complete with their own folders, desktop background, their preferred custom setting and much more. It may even seem that each user has their own Mac (well, not quite as only one user can use the computer at any one time. (more…)

MacBook FAQ

MacBook FAQ: The Apple MacBook is known for its ease of access and for its revolutionary capabilities. We hope you can learn many things that you didn’t know about the MacBook. (more…)

OS X: Universal Access

People use mostly keyboards, mouse or trackpad to navigate through the commands, however, if a user has any difficulty seeing, hearing or using these three elements, they may use OS X’s comprehensive set of accessibility features, that make Mac easier to use. (more…)

FAQ About Apple for Beginners

Apple is the world’s largest IT company (may be, the largest company in the Universe, but we are not sure about Klingons) by revenue and total assets. Curiously enough, Ronald Gerald Wayne Apple’s co-founder sold all his shares for $800, but it happens… So let’s take a look at some of the most incredible and amazing facts about this great company. (more…)

Mac: Repair Network

So much work is performed via the Internet today that a network failure and impossibility to access the World Wide Web is really frustrating. Here we explain how to repair problems with both wireless and wired networks. (more…)

Mac: Sound Effects

Your Mac make noises to alert you about messages coming, when errors occur, when you empty the Trash, copy files and do on. Users can easily change the way the Mac sounds, as a wide range of sound effects exist to customize the Apple computers. Besides, with a few neat tricks, users can add custom audio clips or create their own audio sounds. (more…)

Modifying Mac OS X Windows

By default, Finder windows have a plain white background. Users can however adjust these windows, adding new images and custom patterns. In fact, adjusting the background is practical because users can identify thus active Finder windows and liven up Finder. (more…)

Mac: Smart Folders

You can identify Smart folders by their purple color and cog icon. Otherwise, Smart folders look just like regular folders on your Mac, but instead of files and other items, they display Spotlight search results. So if you open a Smart folder, you won’t be able to see the contents inside the folder. You’ll view items elsewhere in the directory structure, instead. Even if you try, you can’t add items to Smart Folders. You use them to search for items elsewhere on you system. (more…)

FAQ About Siri

Siri works as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. Being part of Apple’s OS, Siri uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services. It adapts to the user’s individual language usage and individual preferences with continuing use, and returns individualized results. (more…)

What Is Spotlight

If files, downloads, documents, files, apps and more clutter your desktop, there is nothing wrong with this picture. In fact, Apple makes it easy to find all files, and with Spotlight, you can hunt down files without having to go through the mess. Spotlight is a system-wide search tool designed to look for everything in Mac OS X. It searches through the data in files and any metadata associated with files. In short, adepts of Spotlight don’t spend much time sorting their files. (more…)

Mac: Spaces, Exposé, Quick Look

Mac OS X has tons of features for organizing, sorting and searching through all the data. These functionalities are based on propriety technologies such as Spaces, Exposé, Quick Look. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to work, find files, open or delete them faster than ever. (more…)

Mac: Organize Workspace

A brand-new installation of Mac OS X may appear to you as a blank slate waiting for the new owner to make the mark. If the user doesn’t do anything about it, folders, files, downloads, apps will end up cluttering the desktop and being dispersed throughout Finder. (more…)

Mac : Customize Icons and Folders

Icons and folders are two Mac OS X parts which you can adjust to choose what icons and folders appear on the desktop. To customize folders and icons, choose Finder – Preferences, and the click the General tab. Then you can use the Show These Items On The Desktop check boxes to specify the items that will appear on the desktop (hard disks, iPods, old DVDs or CDs, external drives, and so on). (more…)

Speeding Up Mail

Large quantities of e-mail can clog up your system really fast. When in your opinion Mail is running slowly try one of the following solutions: (more…)

Speed Up Applications

To speed up your computer, you can always speed up applications. First at all, you should always run the most up-to-date version of each program, but you can also speed up some of the most common applications by following these tips: (more…)

Software Updates

Why update Mac OS?: Staying up to date is really important, as updates fix bugs and allow you to add performance enhancements to your computer. So keeping your devices and the applications you use up to date is one of the easiest and secure ways to get the most performance out of your system. (more…)

FAQ About Macs

Not many users personalize their Mac, as organizing everything on the computer is not exactly a barrel of laughs. However using a few neat tricks for searching, storing and working can make a difference, so sooner or later, Mac users want their devices to run faster. Mac OS offer some good technology, which can help quickly locate, move around or remove files and thus reach the goal: to speed up a Mac by cleaning its interiors. With all these flashiest interface features, and with your desktop straightened out, you can use your Mac much more efficiently. (more…)

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