What's MAC stand for?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by ChrisH3677, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. ChrisH3677 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2003
    Victoria, Australia
    I'm a recent switcher so this question was probably discussed...um... well, probably 20 years ago, but it's new for me.

    I know Mac is short for Macintosh (does anyone know why they chose the name Macintosh?), but noticing that WinTel has shanghaied the "PC" acronym which in truth also applies to Macs, I was wondering what clever acronyms we could come up with for MAC.

    My Apple Computer
    My Amazing Computer
    Magnificent Apple Computer
    Marvelous Awesome Computer

    I'd be curious and amused to see what others people here could come up with.
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    For some reason I alway thought...

    MAC = Media Access Controller
  3. mrjamin macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2003

    MAC Mandatory Access Control
    MAC Media Access Control
    MAC Atlantic Mackerel (FAO fish species code)
    MAC Chief Machine Accountant (Naval Rating)
    MAC Immaculata
    MAC Macaroni
    Mac Macedonian (linguistics)
    MAC Machine Address Code
    MAC Machine Aided Cognition
    MAC MacPaint (File Name Extension)
    MAC Macro (File Name Extension)
    MAC Magazine Association of Canada
    MAC Magnetic Accelerator Cannon (Babylon 6)
    MAC Main Automation Contractor
    MAC Maintenance Action Code
    MAC Maintenance Administration Center
    MAC Maintenance Allocation Chart
    MAC Maintenance Availability Computer
    MAC Management Action Center

    as for clever acronyms; its 2am, i'm tired. Correction i'm on my way to bed [steps away from computer]
  4. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    Obviously the Macintosh name came from the fact that macintosh is a type of Apple, and no one would be a computer called "Granny Smith"

    Could the cheese grater style of the new G% be to bring together the Mac & Cheese in the computer world. Steve (and maybe good ol' Jon Ive) know that answer.
  5. alia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    Yeah, I suppose naming the computer line Red Delicious would have been a little weird.


  6. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    notable names in the apple theme include pippin, newton, appleseed (tho originally, mac cluster = appleseed as unix cluster = beowulf, until apple adopted it). i'm waiting for the Jonagold or Fiji ;)

  7. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Maybe, but Granny Smith was the name of my 2nd hard drive for a long time. I changed it to Fuji eventually. I drew the line at Golden Delicious though--that was a little too much for me.
  8. ChrisH3677 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2003
    Victoria, Australia
    Interesting Stoid, I've never heard of a Macintosh apple. Maybe we don't grow them down here in Australia. Hmm?

    But we do have have "Pink Lady". Might have worked given the Mac's predecessor was Lisa.... Nahh!!
  9. benixau macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    bl0ddy victorians :D GO NSW
  10. yamabushi macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2003
    I heard a rumor once that Apple was considering eventually using another name for their computers if and when they underwent a radical transformation. Some people at the time started tossing around various names of apples for the new computer. Of course that was back in the Amelio days - they may not want to get rid of such an established brand now.
  11. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Actually, the apple that you refer to is the McIntosh apple. That's how Apple originally wanted to spell it. The thing is, there is/was a hi-fi company called McIntosh. So in order to avoid any contraversy, they called it the Macintosh.

    Maybe they had learned something from the first Beatles (Apple Corp.) lawsuit.
  12. phaeton macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2003

    isn't macintosh a very irish name...?

    isn't apple very close to ireland?

    maybe it's a kind of apple that only grows there...

    maybe some guy called... geoffrey mc intosh gave steve his change when he needed to make a telephone call to set up apple®

    who knows
    not me...
  13. MacBoyX macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2003
    East Coast, USA
    I did a search on dictionary.com for Macintosh where it did speak about our beloved Macs...even going to far to say...

    "...If "Macintosh" were an acronym, some say it would stand for
    "Many Applications Crash, If Not, The Operating System Hangs".
    While this was true for pre Mac OS 9 systems, it is less true
    for Mac OS 9, and totally incorrect for Mac OS X, which has
    protected memory, so even if one application crashes, the
    system and other applications are unaffected..."


    Macintosh Apples are widely available in the US right along side of Granny Smiths.

    I wonder still if someone told Steve during a rain storm in California that he had a nice Macintosh on (british term for raincoat) and he said "hang on a moment..." and the rest was history.

    What I'd like to know (since my WinTel friends keep asking) is how the name Macintosh which was a MODEL of Apple computer got to be the term by which we refer to ALL Apple Computers these days? A PowerMac is a Macintosh but is a PowerBook?

    I tell them to leave me alone and go fix their Windows machines, but I'd really like to have a better answer!


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