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The Mac (called Macintosh until 1999) is a family of personal computers designed and marketed by Apple Inc.. Macs are known for their general ease of use[1] and distinctive aluminium, minimalist designs. Macs are notable for their popularity among students, creative professionals, and software engineers. The current Mac lineup consists of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, and the iMac, Mac mini, Mac Studio and Mac Pro desktop computers. Macs run the macOS operating system.

The MacBook Air, Apple's best-selling Mac model

The first Mac was released in 1984 under the name Macintosh, and was advertised with Apple's now-famous 1984 ad. The Mac has undergone four major transitions: from Motorola 68000 to PowerPC processors, from Classic Mac OS to Mac OS X, from PowerPC to Intel x86 processors, and from Intel to Apple silicon processors. Since 2020, Macs share the same ARM-based Apple silicon architecture as iOS devices; the performance and power efficiency of Macs with Apple silicon chips have been universally praised by critics.

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