Apple’s homepage is paying respects to a computer that’s credited with revolutionizing personal computing 30 years ago.
The Macintosh computer, released on Jan. 24, 1984, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Though it has evolved greatly since its initial release, the Macintosh has retained its place as one of the most influential personal computers available.
Apple has had a long history on USENET. The first announcment of the Apple iMac was on May 6th, 1998 on an intel pentium newsgroup. Later, in 1993, the Power Macintosh was announced on a mac newsgroup. Since then, there have been dozens of newsgroups that are dedicated to each of their products and services.
Although Jobs himself would later admit that the Mac struggled to compete with Microsoft Windows-based PCs, the machines brought innovation and flare to the computing landscape, with future iterations including the colourful iMac, the Mac Mini, and the new Mac Pro.
The Mac introduced us to the first true commercial version of a graphical user interface and mouse, and popularised the 3.5in floppy disk. But the combined package of the OS design, developer program, and innovative hardware also made it feasible to launch some very important advancements that drove the PC market forward and in some cases even disrupted some industries.
A rare prototype of the first Apple Macintosh appeared on eBay in 2012, with a starting price of almost $100,000 (£63,000).