Macintosh is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and
marketed by Apple Computer.
Named after the McIntosh apple, the original Macintosh was released on January 24, 1984.
It was the first commercially successful personal computer to use a graphical user interface (GUI) and mouse instead of the then-standard command line interface.
The current range of Macintoshes varies from Apple’s entry level Mac mini desktop, to a mid-range server, the Xserve.
Macintosh systems are mainly targeted towards the home, education, and creative professional markets.
Production of the Macintosh is based upon a vertical integration model in that Apple facilitates all aspects of its hardware and creates its own operating system.
This is in contrast to PCs, where different brands of hardware run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Linux.