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11 Quirky Code Names for Apple Products

Apple uses secret internal code names for many of its products before they’re released. Over the years, they’ve come up with some really weird ones — including one that led to multiple lawsuits. 1. “Carl Sagan”/”Butt-Head Astronomer” – Power Macintosh 7100 Apple hoped to make “billions and billions” from this midrange model of the Power [...]

Butt-Head Astronomer

A funny story from Letters of Note: Late-1993, renowned astronomer Carl Sagan learnt that Apple’s forthcoming computer, the Power Macintosh 7100, had been given a codename of “Carl Sagan” — the joke being that they would sell “billions and billions.” This was mentioned in a MacWEEK article some time later, to which Sagan sent the following [...]