Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

jan
24
2003

happy birthday, dear macintosh

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the Macintosh computer. On Jan. 22, 1984, Apple aired its famous “1984” commercial during the Super Bowl. Two days later, the Mac was released. (MacInTouch.com: “Apple introduced Macintosh 19 years ago today; see ‘1984’ ad here” - 01/24)

From Apple-History.com:

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.

Incidentally, the “1984” commercial was directed by Ridley Scott, known now for blockbuster work such as “Gladiator,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Blade Runner” and “Alien.” In 1999, TV Guide rated it the best commercial of all time.