A History of Macs at the University


Macs have been around the university since the late 1980s with the introduction of the "Compact" all-in-one range which included the Macintosh Plus, SE, SE/30, Classic, Classic II, and Colour Classic. Some of these were connected using Apple´s own "Localtalk" networking, and ran initialy Mac OS 6 and then Mac OS 7. Early Mac Classic
Next came the LC range in the early nineties, and Academic Computing Services (as CICS was known then) invested in a number of open-access networked Macs, which remote-booted, had 10mb of memory, and had no hard disk! Mac LC range
Apple continued to make improvements producing the LC 475 and 630, the Mac II range, and the Quadra, Centris and Performa range, running Mac OS 7.5. Mac LC 475
The number of Macs on campus grew to over 1000, being popular in Chemistry, Architecture, Biblical Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and the Medical School. Apple went on to pruduce the PowerMac (PowerPC) and then the G3, running Mac OS 8. Power Mac
In May 1997, Apple released the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh to mark the 20th anniversary of Apple Computers. The system was built to look state of the art. The University of Sheffield possessed one of these very limited edition machines, but sadly it was stolen to order. Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh
In late 1998 Apple launched the revolutionary iMac, and the rest is history! iMac
Macs continue to be popular in the university, and there are now over 1000 Macs on campus, used by staff, students and in open-access areas. New iMac