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NeXT Cube: 1990
Of course, not all "Macs" came from Apple. After Steve Jobs was forced out of Apple, he founded NeXT and started building Unix-based workstations. These would become the blueprint for today's Macs. Today's Mac OS X is a direct descendant of NeXT's NeXTStep operating system.
ZDNet's senior technology editor Jason Perlow agrees with me. "My first 'Mac' actually was the NeXT. I ran the computer lab at American University and had a lot of facetime with it. I practically monopolized them because it didn't run any software anyone wanted to use and they were so weird."
NeXTStation Turbo Color: 1993
The top of the NeXT line were the lovely, and outrageous expensive workstations. I, Unix guy that I was, had one. I loved this machine.
I eventually ended up trading mine to an ISP senior engineer for a T1 installation and three free months of, for the time, a blazing fast 1.54 Mbps Internet connection. I should have kept the NeXTStation.
Mac Centris 650: 1993
By the early 90s, Macs had become the go-to desktop publishing and design platform. Writer and editor Alyson Behr said that her first Mac "was the Macintosh Centris 650 that I used as a Creative Director to design magazine logos, feature spreads, etc. [I] also designed corporate logos, point of purchase campaigns. Photoshop v1, Illustrator and Quark early iterations were my tools."
She was in good company. Many others were using Macs with the exact same software for the exact same purposes. That wasn't enough to keep Apple afloat.