Celebration planned for 30th anniversary of Apple’s Macintosh

“The Macintosh was launched to great fanfare on January 24, 1984. It was a new kind of personal computer that would show why 1984 wouldn’t be like the 1984 of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, as portrayed in the famous Macintosh ad that aired during the Super Bowl two days before launch,” Dan Farber reports for CNET. “As Steve Jobs explained the situation, Apple had to save the world from an IBM.”

“Jobs and his band of pirates didn’t save the world from the IBM PC and Microsoft’s operating systems at that time (it took another 23 years to introduce the iPhone that set the computing world on a new path), but they managed to change the face of personal computing with the graphical user interface and mouse,” Farber reports. “In its 30 years, the Macintosh has had its ups and downs, but it has aged well and maintains its reputation as a design icon and trend setter. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Mac and the team that created it, a celebration will be held at the Flint Center in Cupertino near the Apple campus. It was at that venue 30 years ago that Jobs took the stage to introduce the Mac to the world.”

“All Planet Studios, the Computer History Museum, and Macworld/iWorld are hosting the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh on January 25,” Farber reports. “Ticket prices range from $109.75 to $140.80 via Ticketmaster. Profits will be donated to charities dedicated to promoting computer and Internet literacy.”

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16 Comments

    1. “I wonder how they are going to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Windows in 2015”

      It will be billed as the exact same thing, but…

      It will suck. Directions to the place will be the size of a phone book and people will still get lost. At the door, most people will be turned away because they’re missing a DLL ticket. There will be a raffle, but nobody will win because of a registry error. The cleansed version of the Stones’ Start Me Up will play on an endless loop. A sweaty Ballmer ape will constantly shout the words, “You make a dead man come” in your face as if he’s the only one who ever thought of it, while those attempting to show Windows demos will be groaning, “You make a grown man cry”. The whole event will be frustrating and not fun in any way.

      And yet, more people will show up.

      1. And MS will have to have a Justin Bieber concert at the event so they can have enough young people attending to give the press the illusion of youth being attracted to MS products.

        Love that interview posted years ago when MS gave out concert tickets and the reporter asked these girls in the long line outside the store “So are you excited about the new Windows release?” Girls reply: “*giggle* What’s that?”

  1. This reminds me I need to take my original 84 Mac out of Apple carrying case and dust it off this month for the 30th anniversary.

    30 years ago I knew it was an outstanding piece of work but I never thought I’d still be using a computer called Macintosh 30 years later at home and in my business.

    Congrats Apple, you did good.

    1. “Jobs and his band of pirates didn’t save the world from the IBM PC and Microsoft’s operating systems…”

      They saved me from IBM and MS. Mac user since ’85 (Mac Plus). Couldn’t afford a Mac until then, but I knew in ’84 that my world had changed. A Mac has been on my desk as a professional companion for *almost* 30 years. I want cake!

      1. I agree. I remember when I got hit by the massive layoffs of ’09, one of the first fears that came into my head was “Will I have to take a job where I’m forced to work with PC’s?” That was as much terror as the paycheck loss. Thankfully that did not happen. Though I’d have probably made a lot more money if I was willing and able to do that. The repairs are endless job security.

  2. I remember well seeing my first Macintosh in the flesh. Working in G3 War Plans at VII Corps(Kelley Barracks- now AFRICOM HQ) in Stuttgart, Germany a civil service employee making a trip to the US and brought back a Mac and dropped it on his desk right next to his government issued Wang. Pretty much all productive work stopped and everyone was a kid on Christmas morning, looking on and giving the Mac a try.

    Made my Apple II back in the barracks seem kind of lame…

    Later, when the Macs showed up at the PX at Robinson Barracks I got my first Mac and have stayed with the Mac to this very day. It has been quite a ride.

  3. I purchased the first Mac 128 that arrived in Anchorage in 1984. Also purchased an Image Writer printer at the same time. I still have both many Macs and printers later.

  4. Reading the above comments makes me wish that I had discovered Macs much earlier than I did. Only after switching to the Mac in mid-2001 at the dawn of OS X did I realize soon thereafter that I had been a Mac guy all along and didn’t even know it!

    1. Maybe they are aiming for a special 50th anniversary edition. Hope I live to see it! Too many friends go too soon as Steve did, and he was only a month younger than me.

      1955 was a good year for computers and guitars. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Angus Young, Eddie Van Halen. : )

  5. When I think of all the Macs I’ve bought, used and passed off to relatives and needy friends, I wish I had saved one or two of the older models.

    Well, I made a lot of money with those Macs and everyone who got one of my hand-me-downs is a Mac user to this day.

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