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MacTracker adds non-Mac Apple models to database for 30th anniversary

updated 07:14 pm EST, Fri January 24, 2014

Now covers entire Apple product line from 1976 forward

In a substantial update on Friday, the Mac and iDevice reference catalog app MacTracker (free) has added Apple's entire pre-Macintosh inventory to its database for the first time, along with a few minor tweaks and updates. It had previously only gone as far back as the Lisa (under its later "Macintosh XL" name). The program itself has a long history, having been created by Canadian Ian Page in 2001 and faithfully updated ever since.



The program, offered free for both OS X and iOS, include detailed technical capabilities, average Geekbench scores, startup sounds, trouble sounds and expansion options for a variety of Apple-created gear, including cameras, printers and peripherals alongside the Mac and iOS devices over the decades. The update today adds "typical acoustical performance" for portable MacBook models as well as fixes an import issue for reports created by Apple Remote Desktop, which can be added to the "My Models" section where users can store details of their own machines.

The program now also includes details on the Apple I, Apple II, Apple IIe, Apple III and all the related models of the pre-Macintosh era, and also covers the Apple Monitor line of the period, along with information on the original Apple Mouse line. The update also refreshes the support status for Apple's latest "vintage and obsolete" products, which it revises periodically. Versions that run on older Macs and earlier versions of iOS are also available.




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  1. JackWebb

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 08-31-07

    More is better but recall that Mac clones like from Power Computing were also Macs and they were once part of Mac Tracker. I have a Macintosh XL so I go back a ways but I also have a PowerBase 200 which is most certainly known as a Mac also. I have to run an older version of MacTracker that only runs on an older Mac in order to fill that obvious omission in Mac history.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    You could certainly shoot an email to Ian and make your case for the inclusion of Apple-licensed clones, but he appears to have decided to focus on only products actually released by Apple. I get my clone information from another site, which serves my purposes well enough (and has the benefit of being updated and not requiring outdated equipment to run).

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