The Mac was launched in early 1984. Only one of Mac360’s growing staff of writers and Apple followers bought one; the rest of us came on board the train years later. Not one of us left.
There was a time when Apple and the Mac were synonymous. The Mac was Apple. Apple was the Mac. Those days are long gone. Today, Apple is the iPhone company, and the Mac is something of an afterthought among Apple executives and engineers.
How old is your Mac life?
128k To Mac Classic
My unofficial and unscientific poll of Mac360’s contributors reveals that most of us date our Mac usage well back into the last century, and each of us to a place on the space time continuum before the second coming of Steve Jobs. Co-founder Ron McElfresh traces his computer lineage to the days when CP/M was predominant and the Osborne 1 was popular. He purchased an original 128k Mac in the spring of 1984.
I’m the newest and youngest member of the Mac360 staff and my first Mac was a decade or so later– the Mac Classic, circa late 1990. It was a gift from my aunt Tera while I was in elementary school.
Contrary to popular belief, the original Mac was not a best seller. In fact, sales were sufficiently slow that the Mac may have cost Apple co-founder Steve Jobs his job. I found numbers dating back to 1998, about 20 years ago, the year after Jobs returned as CEO. Mac sales were just under 3-million units.
Since then, the Mac’s sales have gone up and down, but mostly up, and likely to top 20-million sold in 2018, and of those, about 80-percent are Mac notebooks. Put another way, Mac desktops sell in about the same as all Mac models in 2000-2001.
As an item on the unofficial Timeline of Macs, my first was the Mac Classic in 1990. Since then, I’ve owned a couple of dozen Macs; a PowerBook 100 for $999 was my first notebook in 1992. Among others, I’ve had an LC 520, a PowerBook Duo, a PowerBook 2400c, an original iMac G3, and various and sundry Macs up to the last 17-inch aluminum PowerBook before Intel Inside.
These days I have two newer Macs– a MacBook Pro and iMac– and a couple of older models (Mac mini and MacBook Air).
Back to the original question. How old is your Mac life? What was your original Mac and when? What was or is your favorite Mac and why?
Inquiring minds want to know.