- January 15-17: The 1986 Apple World Conference is held at Brooks Hall in San Francisco, California.
- January 16: The Macintosh Plus and LaserWriter Plus are introduced.
- April 14: The Macintosh 512Ke is released.
- May 19: Radius is co-founded by former members of the Macintosh development team.
- August 1: The Apple Lisa is discontinued.
- September 15: The Apple IIGS is released.