Power Macintosh was a line of workstation-class computers developed and marketed by Apple Computer from March 1994 to August 2006. These were based on PowerPC RISC microprocessors for improved performance over the original 68k-based Macintosh line. Consumer-class computers from Apple with lower-end PowerPC processors were sold under the Macintosh Performa brand.
Power Macintosh and the Pippin
PowerPC-based computers sold by Apple at the time of the release of the Pippin platform used a 4-digit number to distinguish various models, sometimes followed by a slash with the processor clock speed.
Pippin consoles were based on an architecture similar to the Power Macintosh 6100, though with a 66MHz PowerPC 603 processor and a PCI bus (instead of a 601 processor with NuBus), running a streamlined version of Macintosh operating system 7.5.2. This allowed hobbyists with access to developer ROMs to modify Pippins to run standard Mac software of the era. The Power Macintosh 6200 and 5200 LC were the only other computers from Apple to use the original PowerPC 603 processor like the Pippin (not the faster 603e or 603ev).
Evolution and discontinuation
Over the next twelve years, the Power Macintosh line evolved through a succession of enclosure designs, a rename to "Power Mac", five major generations of PowerPC chips, and a great deal of press coverage, design accolades, and controversy about performance claims. The Power Mac was discontinued in 2006, following Apple's transition to Intel processors.
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- Hacking the Pippin, Vintage Mac World. 2007-10-22. Archived 2017-08-17
- CPUs: PowerPC 603 and 603e by Daniel Jansen, Low End Mac. 2014-06-24.
- Four years later: Why did Apple drop PowerPC? by Brooke Crothers, CNET. 2009-06-15.