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Jan 25 2009   4:28PM GMT

The Mac hits the quarter-century, going strong

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

macintosh_128k_transparency.png Happy Birthday, Mac!  Yesterday was a big day for the Macintosh — 25 years old. Apple introduced the new computer on January 22, 1984 during the broadcast of Superbowl XVIII.

MG Siegler writes about the original Macintosh for Venture Beat:

It had a 9-inch black and white CRT screen and featured a 400 kB, single-sided 3.5-inch floppy disk drive. The price? $2,495, which in today’s dollars would have been well over $5,000.

The computer featured the signatures of the entire Apple Macintosh division molded inside the case. Those name include Raskin, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and many others.

The Mac specs also included:

  • Graphical user interface
  • Mouse
  • A built-in handhold on top
  • 128 kilobytes of RAM
  • 8 MHz Motorola 68000 microprocessor

Here’s the commercial that started it all…

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