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Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) was a proprietary Mini-DIN-4 serial port used by many Macintosh computers to connect low-bandwidth devices, such as keyboards and mice. The connector is physically identical to S-Video.[1]

History

ADB was originally designed by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak for the Apple IIGS and was also in use by Power Macintosh computers.[1] Third party manufacturers developed modems and radio tuners for the Apple Desktop Bus, but the specialized driver software for some of these devices do not work with PowerPC processors.[2][3] With the exception of the "Wall Street" PowerBook G3 series, hot swapping of ADB devices is not recommended.[4]

Discontinuation

ADB and several other legacy technologies were eventually phased out by Apple, starting with Steve Jobs' introduction of the iMac G3 in May 1998.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fiber Optics Illustrated Dictionary by Julie K. Petersen, p.60. CRC Press. 2003.
  2. Le modem ADB de chez Global Village (French) by Pierre Dandumont, Le Journal du Lapin. 2019-07-26.
  3. La Radio FM de LaCie pour Mac (French) by Pierre Dandumont, Le Journal du Lapin. 2017-09-21.
  4. Le hot plug et l’ADB (French) by Pierre Dandumont, Le Journal du Lapin. 2019-03-26.
  5. #1 Temporal Loop - Birth of the iMac by Thomas Hormby, The Mac Observer. 2007-05-25.

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