AirPort Extreme (Generation 3, Apple Service part, Early 2009)

According to Apple, this AirPort Extreme (Generation 3) provided “simultaneous dual-band wireless 802.11n networking. When you set up your AirPort Extreme Base Station, it creates two high-speed Wi-Fi networks.”

The AirPort Extreme Generation 3 had 5 ports:

  • 1 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet Wide Area Network (WAN) port (for DSL/cable modem)
  • 3 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) (for Ethernet devices, such as printers or computers)
  • 1 USB port (for a USB printer, hard disk, or hub)

This device is packaged as an Apple Service part and does not include the retail packaging. The box, labeled Part Number 661-4908, contains the three parts needed to repair or replace the device including a power adapter, a power plug (North America), and a base station.

This AirPort Extreme model was available for less than 8 months before it was replaced by the Generation 4 model. It measured 6.5 x 6.5 inches square and was 1.3 inches tall. It weighed 1.66 pounds.

Sources: Apple (manuals), Wikipedia

Luggage Identification Card (brushed stainless steel, 2009)

This Luggage Identification Card is metal with a silver brushed stainless steel finish. The metal edges of the card are folded in to secure a clear plastic front, a white card that reads “YOUR BUSINESS CARD HERE,” and a matching stainless steel back plate. The metal back plate and card housing have holes that match positions so when threaded, the Luggage Identification Card remains secure.

The stainless steel back plate on this Luggage Identification Card is printed in white with the words “2009 Education Sales Club” in the Apple Myriad font. Apple Myriad was Apple’s corporate font used approximately between 2003–2017.

Source: Wikipedia (Typography of Apple)

Luggage Lock (c. 2009)

This Apple-branded Luggage Lock may have been available at the Apple Company Store at the Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California. It is packaged in a black gift box with an Apple logo, a UPC code, and the part number T5132LL/A.

This unique item is made from metal and is 1.5 inches square and 0.25 inches thick. The Luggage Lock has a three-number combination lock along the bottom with a combination that can be set by the user. Once set, a 6-inch braided metal cable allows the user to lock their luggage with this device.

The Luggage Lock has a smooth finish that is champagne colored, and the braided cable is silver. The front of the lock is printed with a white Apple logo, and a patent number is engraved in the back.

The Luggage Lock includes a 2-page instruction manual that teachers the user how to set the combination and thread a metal luggage identification card through the cable. Although the metal luggage identification card is not included in the gift box, my collection includes a metal luggage tag that may have been sold along side this lock.

Snow Leopard brochure (2009)

This Snow Leopard brochure, titled “Mac OSX Snow Leopard: Installation, features, and refinements” describes the 2-step installation process and outlines the main features of Mac OS X, Version 10.6.

Features that are described include:

  • Exposé
  • Safari 4
  • QuickTime X
  • Microsoft Exchange Support
  • Universal Access
  • Several different “Refinements” to its Leopard predecessor

Each of 5 panels are square and measure 125mm. Folded out, the entire brochure is 625mm long. The brochure is primarily white and printed in full color.

Source: Apple

Logic Studio, Version 2.0, Install DVDs (NFR, 2009)

Logic Studio was a music production suite of software by Apple sold between 2007-2011. The suite included Logic Pro, Mainstage, Soundtrack Pro, WaveBurner, Studio Instruments, Studio Effects, Apple Loops, Impulse Response Utility, Compressor, QuickTime Pro, and content DVDs with Jam Pack collections, sound effects, and more.

Apple’s press release quoted Phil Schiller, Apple’s-then senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing:

“The new Logic Studio is ideal for professional musicians, live performers and GarageBand enthusiasts who want to take their music to the next level. Guitar players are going to love Amp Designer and Pedalboard and the new Flex Time tools allow you to quickly improve your recordings and create tighter performances.”

This version of Logic added a Loopback plug-in to allow “musicians to record, layer and jam along with their own performance so a single musician can lay down a rhythm and then play a lead over it” using a Mac onstage during their live performance.

This set includes 9 DVDs. This version is NFR, Not for Resale.

Sources: Apple, Wikipedia

Final Cut Studio, Version 3.0, Install DVDs (NFR, 2009)

Final Cut Studio was a suite of video editing, production, and post-production software created by Apple and sold between 2005–2011. Version 3.0 was the final release of Final Cut Studio and contained the following applications:

  • Final Cut Pro 7—real-time video editor for DV, SD, and HD formats
  • Motion 4—real-time motion graphics design application
  • Soundtrack Pro 3—advanced audio editing and sound design application
  • DVD Studio Pro 4—application for encoding, authoring, and burning DVDs
  • Color 1.5—color grading application
  • Compressor 3.5—video encoding tool for exporting projects in different formats
  • Cinema Tools 4.5—application providing tools specific to film processing
  • Qmaster 3—distributed processing tool

Apple’s press release for this version of Final Cut Studio began with:

“Apple today announced a significant update to Final Cut Studio with more than 100 new features and new versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, Color and Compressor. Final Cut Studio features Final Cut Pro 7 which expands Apple’s ProRes codec family to support virtually any workflow and includes Easy Export for one step output to a variety of formats and iChat Theater support for real-time collaboration.”

This set includes 7 DVDs. This version is NFR, Not for Resale.

Sources: Apple, Wikipedia

AirPort Time Capsule 802.11n (Generation 3, 2TB, 2009)

The AirPort Time Capsule was a device that combined Apple’s Wi-Fi base station with a built-in hard drive that allowed network-attached storage (NAS). This example (A1355) is the third of five generations of this product released between 2008 and 2013. Apple described this product as a “Backup Appliance” that was designed to work with its Time Machine software that was released with Mac OS X 10.5.

Using the Time Machine software, Time Capsule creates backups of the operating system and files wirelessly and automatically, thus eliminating the need for an external hard drive. Time Machine made hourly backups of the files that were changed and managed older backup images to save space. The initial backup of a computer using Time Machine could take several hours (or overnight) on an 802.11n wireless network, but subsequent hourly backups occurred instantly and far more quickly (depending on file sizes).

This Generation 3 model used the same design as Generations 1–4: 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches tall. The Generation 3 included the following interfaces:

  • One Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting a DSL or cable modem
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting computers or network devices
  • USB port for connecting a USB printer or USB external hard drive
  • 802.11n wireless

Time Capsule used a Hitachi Deskstar hard drive, the same hard drive sold with Apple’s Xserve server products. The Hitachi Deskstar met or exceeded 1 million hours mean time between failures (MTBF) status, common for server-grade hard drives.

Sources: Apple, Wikipedia

Mac Box Set (2009)

This Mac Box Set included a set of software that allowed users to purchase one product and install several products at once. The front of the box specified: “Includes Mac OS X Leopard, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09” and showed images of icon-like depictions of each product.

The back of the box had the headline “An upgrade to the Apple software for your Mac. All in one box.” Mac OS X Leopard was described, and iLife and iWork listed each of their component apps with one to three bullets describing key features:

Mac OS X Leopard
The world’s most advanced operating system.
• Automatically back up your Mac with Time Machine
• Flip through your files in the Finder with Cover Flow
• Keep your files organized using Stacks
• Preview a file without opening it using Quick Look
• Group your windows in spaces and quickly switch between them
• Show off your photos, movies, and presentations with iChat Theater
• Email personalized stationery, create to-do lists, and take notes

iLife ’09
• Organize photos by people using facial recognition
• Browse and search photos based on GPS location
• Fine-tune your movies with new Precision Editor
• Fix shaky clips using automatic stabilization
• Master piano or guitar basics with interactive lessons
• Learn how to play hit songs from original artists
• Create custom websites and publish anywhere

iWork ’09

• Choose from over 180 Apple-designed templates
• Write with full-screen view
• Easily lay out newsletters, posters, flyers, and more
• Mix tables, graphics, and charts on a freeform canvas
• Choose from over 250 functions
• Make sense of your data with interactive Table Categories
• Create sophisticated presentations with ease
• Build stunning animations with simple transitions
• Edit with powerful graphics tools

The box contained three install DVDs and printed and electronic documentation.

Source: Apple (product package)

Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.1 Retail Family Pack (2009)

This boxed retail version of Mac OS X is version 10.5.1, also known as “Leopard.” This particular box is the Retail Family Pack, licensed for “up to five computers in one household.”

Leopard (Mac OS X v10.5) was marketed to contain over 300 enhancements from its predecessor, Mac OS X v.10.4, Tiger. The Leopard Finder included a redesigned Desktop and Dock, a semi-transparent menu bar, and the addition of Cover Flow, a visual file navigation method borrowed from iTunes. This release also introduced Time Machine automated backups, Spotlight searches across multiple Macs, the Photo Booth app, and the Front Row system that served as a simple multimedia interface.

The design on the outside of the box is printed with a high-gloss finish and foil-metallic accents for the outer space design elements—a somewhat perplexing concept given the name of the OS was “Leopard.” The back of the box highlighted five operating system features: Cover Flow in the Finder, Time Machine automatic backups, iChat video chat effects, stationery in Mail, and Spaces window organization.

The box contained an install DVD and a color-printed manual. The exterior of the box lists the following contents:

DVD containing Mac OS X; printed and electronic documentation. Requirements Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512MB of physical RAM; DVD drive for installation. • Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply. • Time Machine requires an additional hard drive, sold separately. • iChat requires a compatible camera. • Some features have additional requirements; see 826-8133-A

Sources: Apple (product box), Wikipedia, Ars Technica

AirPort Extreme Base Station (Generation 4, 2009)

The AirPort Extreme was a wireless base station that combined the functions of a router, network switch, wireless access point, Network-Attached Storage (NAS), and other features.

The AirPort Extreme Base Station Generation 4 (model A1354) was released in 2009 with a white, rounded-rectangle design that was similar to the look of the first-generation Mac mini and original Apple TV. AirPort Extreme Base Station Generations 1–5 shared the same design until a tower-like design was used for the final Generation 6 model.

The AirPort Extreme Base Station measured 6.5 inches square, 1.3 inches tall, and weighed 1.66 pounds. It supported 802.11a/b/g/n wireless network protocols.

The AirPort Extreme Base Station Generation 4 had the follwing interfaces:

  • One Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting a DSL or cable modem
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting computers or network devices
  • USB 2.0 port for connecting a USB printer or USB external hard drive
  • 802.11n wireless

Sources: Wikipedia, Apple