Where does the word macintosh come from?

The first Apple Log shows Issac Newton but neither Charles Macintosh

Who was Charles Macintosh?

Charles Macintosh (1766-1843) showed genius at an early age:
before he was twenty resigned his clerkship to take up the manufacture of chemicals. In this he was highly successful, inventing various new processes. His experiments with one of the by-products of tar, naphtha, led to his invention of waterproof fabrics
The waterproof coat invented by Charles Macintosh

A role model for Steve Jobs?

Th Macintosh raincoat was certainly an innovation Steve Jobs would have admired as it combined elegance and function. The great chemist was not, however, the inspiration for the name of his company. Nor was the pioneering artist, architect and artist, Charles Rennie Macintosh (1868-1928) one of the leading figures in the Art Nouveau movement. 

So how did Apple get its name?

The naming of the world's most glamorous technology company is surrounded by entertaining legends. One of the most enduring ones is that it was an homage to the great gay computer pioneer, Alan Turing, who famously killed himself with a cyanide-laced apple in 1954. 

Apple Co-founder, Steve Wozniak, does not confirm this account of what happened in 1976. He remembers a 'simple' naming process: “anything that sounded interesting was valid”.
After dropping out of college in Portland, Jobs spent time working on an apple Orchard/Zen commune called All-One Farm. When he and Wozniak were brainstorming a name for their new startup, Wozniak recounted, "I remember I was driving Steve back from the airport. Steve was coming back from a visit to Oregon to a place he called an 'apple orchard.' Steve suggested a name—Apple Computer…. We both tried to come up with technical-sounding names that were better, but we couldn't think of any good ones. Apple was so much better, better than any other name we could think of. So Apple it was. Apple it had to be."  Read more: 

And the Macintosh part?

Macintosh was added in 1976 as a hasty defence against the notoriously litigious claims of The Beatles' Apple Corporation. An apple macintosh is a variety of apple - the favourite of Jobs according to some stories or engineer Jeff Raskin in other accounts.


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