Apple’s Mac computer turns 30: Then and now

Steve Jobs, left, and John Sculley presenting the new Macintosh Desktop Computer in January 1984. Photograph: AP
Steve Jobs, left, and John Sculley presenting the new Macintosh Desktop Computer in January 1984. Photograph credit: AP

It’s been 30 years since Steve Jobs launched the first Mac and it has come a long way since the original model, Lisa, in 1984, costing $10,000. Back then Mac didn’t do very much. There were only two programs, MacWrite and MacPaint; MacWrite maxed out at writing a resume. The Motorola 68000 processor was too slow, it had too little memory (128K), one floppy, no hard drive, and a very small 9in monochrome screen. Computer scientist Alan Kay famously described it as “a Honda with a one-quart gas tank.”

Now the world’s most valuable company, Apple Inc., is the leading technology company with its iMac, MacBooks, iPads and iPods.

Happy 30th birthday, Apple!

Click below to check out some of the older models of the beloved Mac here.



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