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Happy Birthday Mac!

 

 

 

 

30 years and one day ago today, the Macintosh computer was introduced to the world by Steve Jobs at the Macworld computing conference in San Francisco.

 

To celebrate, Apple have added a new section in the App store, devoted to wishing their grand old computing dame a happy dirty thirty. Called  ‘Happy Birthday, Mac’, it features  apps and games from Apple and third party app designers aimed at capturing the spirit of what makes the Mac, and it’s thirty year existence, extraordinary.

 

Apple said the following about the celebration;

 

 

“When the Macintosh debuted on January 24, 1984, it fundamentally changed what a computer was – and what it could do. Software developers had an incredible new playground for their imaginations, allowing them to create groundbreaking apps and games unlike any seen before. And that’s just as true of the Mac today as it was then. Celebrate the Mac’s 30th anniversary with our specially chosen assortment of apps and games that capture the spirit of what makes this computer so extraordinary.”

 

 

Apple has also created a tribute to the Mac on their homepage with a visual timeline and a “Mac 30” video that looks at the Mac’s past and present.

 

 

The Mac was a revelation in computing, making the need to type in commands when using a computer unnecessary, instead recquiring point and click menu’s and a clear, graphical interface that is now used across the world today. It had a 9 inch screen, used floppy disks, cost $2495, and  had 128KB RAM. The current Mac Pro starts at 12BG of memory – more than 90,000 times as much as the 1984 model.

 

 

In traditional Apple form, the computer was first sneak peeked to the world in a infamous ad, directed by Ridley Scott and aired during the 1984 Superbowl.

 

 

The ad alluded to George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’ and was seen as a dig at Apple’s leading rival at the time, IBM. The Mac, apparently, was going to save people from a future dominated by IBM.

 

 

 

 

Happy Dirty Thirty Birthday Mac! We love you and everything you’ve brought into the world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of  Computerhistory.org & Oldskull.net