As you might have surmised, AppleTalk is the name given to the protocol used on Apple networks. The roots of the AppleTalk protocol can be traced back to the early 1980s. The first implementation of AppleTalk was limited and not suitable for internetworks. Late in the 1980s, however, significant improvements were made to the protocol; it then allowed for support of internetworking by supporting network addresses.
Like the IPX/SPX and TCP/IP protocol suites, the AppleTalk protocol suite is comprised of several protocols. The following are the AppleTalk protocols:
AppleShare— AppleShare provides application-layer services. It comprises three different protocols: AppleShare File Server, AppleShare Print Server, and AppleShare PC.