Macworld reader, Apple fan? The two go hand-in-hand, but just how big an Apple fan are you? We’ve put together a cryptic collection of 50 questions, each worth a point, to test both your memory and those of your Apple loving friends. No prizes, but award yourself brownie points if you score 30 points or more without relying on Google. Less than 10 points and you might want to consider yourself the Windows Vista of quiz contestants. 

This is round 5: The Mac: The Apple computer that ignited the PC revolution

Round 1: The Life and Times of Steve Jobs

Round 2: Apple Alumni: Woz, Ive, Cook and Co

Round 3: Apple Through the Years

Round 4:  Everything iOS

Q1 Who ran the Macintosh project until he left in 1982?

Q2 Why wasn’t the Macintosh named McIntosh like the apple after which it was named?

Q3 Who directed Apple’s 1984 ad and when did it air?

Q4 How much RAM did the first Macintosh have?

Q5 What two applications did the first Mac ship with?

Q6 Which Mac went to space in 1991? 

Q7 List all the cat names that Apple has used to name OS X

Q8 When did Apple launch the Cube, and when was it discontinued?

Q9 Who was the ditzy blond in the Mac Switch campaign?

Q10 Which company tried to market a Mac clone until it was shut down by Apple in 2009?

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Q1 Who was ran the Macintosh project until he left in 1982?

Jef Raskin. He started the project in 1979, but was forced out due to a personality clash with Steve Jobs, who took over when he realised the Macintosh was more marketable than the Lisa. 

Q2 Why wasn’t the Macintosh named McIntosh like the apple after which it was named?

Raskin wanted to name the new computer after his favourite variety of apple, the McIntosh. However, that was considered too close to that of audio equipment manufacturer McIntosh. Apple eventually bought the rights to the name.

Q3 Who directed Apple’s 1984 ad and when did it air?

The famous 1984 ad that introduced the Macintosh was directed by Ridley Scott and aired during the third quarter of Superbowl XVIII on 22 January 1984. Apple introduced the Macintosh two days later on 24 January 1984.

Q4 How much RAM did the first Macintosh have?

128K. Unfortunately, this wasn’t upgradeable and was insufficient for the multimedia software of the time. The first Macintosh also boasted a Motorola 68000 microprocessor, a keyboard and mouse, and a 23cm monitor with a resolution of 512 x 342 pixels. It featured a 400kB, single-sided 3.5in floppy disk drive, but no internal mechanical storage.

Q5 What two applications did the first Mac ship with?

The Macintosh came with two bundled applications designed to show off its interface: MacWrite and MacPaint. Other programs available included MacProject, MacTerminal and Microsoft’s Word.

Q6 Which Mac went to space in 1991?

The Macintosh Portable. Apple released its first portable Macintosh in 1990. This went into space in 1991 aboard the Space Shuttle, and was used to send the first email from space. 

Q7 List all the cat names that Apple has used to name OS X

Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion. The initial version of Mac OS X, 10.0 ‘Cheetah’, was released on 24 March 2001. Since then Apple released 10.1 ‘Puma’ on 25 September 2001, 10.2 ‘Jaguar’ on 24 August 2002, 10.3 ‘Panther’ on 24 October 2003 and 10.4 ‘Tiger’ on 29 April, 2005. OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’ was the first to run on Intel processors when it launched on 26 October 2007, 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’ launched on 28 August 2009, 10.7 ‘Lion’ on 20 July 2011 and 10.8 ‘Mountain Lion’ on 25 July 2012. 

Q8 When was the Cube launched and when was it discontinued?

July 2000 to July 2001. Apple launched the Power Mac G4 Cube in July 2000 at the Macworld Expo in New York. The company sold 29,000 Cubes between October and December 2000, compared to 308,000 Macs. In the next quarter, sales fell to 12,000 units. Apple ceased production in July 2001.

Q9 Who was the ditzy blond in the Mac Switch campaign?

Ellen Feis, who became an internet phenomenon after her appearance in a TV commercial for Apple’s Switch campaign. There were claims that the 14-year-old’s slurred speech and disoriented eyes suggested she had taken drugs. Feis later claimed that she had taken Benadryl.

Q10 Which company tried to market a Mac clone until it was shut down by Apple in 2009?

Psystar. It attempted to ship computers with OS X Leopard installed from April 2008 until 15 December 2009, when a judge bared the company from manufacturing, distributing or assisting anyone with any sort of device or technology “that is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure”. 

Round 1: The Life and Times of Steve Jobs

Round 2: Apple Alumni: Woz, Ive, Cook and Co

Round 3: Apple Through the Years

Round 4:  Everything iOS