“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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