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Macintosh 20 years — 1984 – 2004

On Januari the 24th 2004 the Macintosh had its 20th birthday. It was then exactly 20 years ago that the first Macintosh saw the light of day. The original and first Macintosh was a square box with a 10-inch black and white display (not even greyscale... black and white), no harddisk, 128 KB RAM, and a floppyreader for 400 KB disks. Some honors the occasion by publishing their originalarticles from 1984, like for instance Mercury News.

In honor of the Macs 20th birthday Apple has refreshed the advertisment movie – named 1984 – that was made for the original launching on the 24th January 1984 and which, according to Steve Jobs, was only showed once. The difference between the movies then and now is that it is much better quality in the new one and that the girl that runs up to the podium has an iPod... (links to the movies below).

The following were the specifications for the Macintosh 128K according to (also note their comment at the end of the text):

Macintosh 128k

Codename: Macintosh
CPU: Motorola MC68000
CPU Speed: 8 Mhz
FPU: none
Bus Speed: 8 Mhz
Data Path: 16 bit
ROM: 64 kb
Onboard RAM: 128 kb
Maximum RAM: 128 kb
Monitor: 9" built-in
VRAM: 1 bit 512x384
Floppy Drive: 3.5" 400 kb
Serial: 2
Audio Out: mono 8 bit
Speaker(s): mono
Gestalt ID: 1
Power: 60 Watts
Weight: 16.5 lbs.
Dimensions: 13.6" H x 9.6" W x 10.9" D
Minimum OS: 1.0
Maximum OS: 6.0.8
Introduced: January 1984
Terminated: October 1985

Released with much fanfare in January of 1984, the Macintosh was the first affordable computer to include a Graphical User Interface. It was built around the new Motorola 68000 chip, which was significantly faster than previous processors, running at 8 MHz. The Mac came in a small beige case with a black and white monitor built in. It came with a keyboard and mouse, and had a floppy drive that took 400k 3.5" disks--the first personal computer to do so. It originally sold for $2,495.

-– end of quote –

1984 in 2004

Watch the smallest sized movie (2,6 MB)
Watch the medium sized movie (4,9 MB)
Watch the largest sized movie (13,1 MB)

Watch the original movie (5,3 MB)

(Yes, the dimensions of that original movie are that small).

You need QuickTime to watch the movies.