Macintosh 30th anniversary event to be held on January 25th

“On January 24, 1984 the world of home computers was forever changed by the debut of the Apple Macintosh,” John-Michael Bond reports for TUAW. “”

“With a gigantic 9-inch monitor, a keyboard, a mouse and 128 KB of built-in memory, the computer could be yours for the low, low price of US$2,495 dollars,” Bond reports. “This year marks the Macintosh’s 30th anniversary, and its birthday is getting its own special event.”

“On January 25, 2014, All Planet Studios, the Computer History Museum and Macworld/iWorld will be throwing a celebration at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California,” Bond reports. “The event will be held in the same 2,300-seat auditorium where Steve Jobs first introduced the Mac…”

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        1. Don’t use my logic, it will break your brain.

          iPhone will evolve, but mark my words, the name will not.

          Apple will change the name to Siri, or perhaps iSiri, simply because Siri’s interface and functionality will eclipse the iPhone name, which implies tele-connectivity when the device is so much more.

          In other words, Siri is the robot in our future and not a phone, the one who is fast becoming more human-like, the one we’ll interact with to get stuff done, but for now she/he will have to live in an iOS environment.

          Siri could also take the form of a wrist watch, or your in-home entertainment/security system, which is what I see for  TV’s future; we’ll command Siri to make us comfortable and secure in our environment.

          iPhone, Siri, Semantics.

          As for touchable macs, I had to have my Macs on top of my desk and not hidden away like a turd, so I could reach out and stroke it when I was admiring it, when it was chugging uphill and nursing a file.

  1. For thirty-three years I’ve been using Apple computers and wasn’t interested in Macintosh until 1987, then bought an SE.

    I swear to god, I think I received a military promotion in the Marines because of my Mac’s ability to create all manner of correspondence, including letterhead for every Marine outfit I came in contact with.

    Anyone familiar with a Short-timer’s calendar?

      1. Let go of my SE but still have my first Mac Plus (followed the original Mac 128). Many of us using those original Macs actually formed an emotional bond with the little all-in-ones. There will always be only one “first Mac” in one’s life. Is this getting creepy yet?

        1. Yeah, it’s kinda creepy Spark. About a year ago, I finally acceded to my wife’s requests for a clean-out, and resolved to sell my 512 and Mac Plus to a collector. My daughter (who played on them both as a child) was horrified at the idea, and took them both, clanging keyboards, boxes of floppies and all.

          I didn’t exactly shed a tear, but it was a curious wrench, in view of the years I’d worked on them, battling IT to retain them, and loathed and envied by my PC-using colleagues. The Mac Plus in particular, was a great machine. I believe that it was the longest-running desktop computer model, essentially unchanged for around 5 years.

        2. Yup. I’ve still got my old SE 30. My 128k, that I first bought mid Feb of ’84, went to live with my brother in law so he could have a Mac since his wife insisted on a POS Dell. She’s a little slow, so it took a few years, but they now only have Macs. 🙂

  2. Wonder if Apple will release a special product like they did with the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh back in….1996?

    One is still in my old bedroom at the Parents’ house.

  3. Wow, that beige box in Steve’s hand brings back memories. I know it’s a 128, but I used it’s successor – the 512 – for many years, starting in 1985. Ah, nostalgia.

    1. It was Thanksgiving 1985 when I got my 128k Mac. By mid-’86, I upgraded just the memory to 512k. Most people were then also going to the double sided drive, making it a “Fat Mac”, but I could only afford the memory. And oh, what memories. 🙂

  4. What will the 30th anniversary Mac be?

    A beige Mac Pro for $2499?
    A 4k iMac?
    An iPad or AppleTV upgrade?
    Something cool and new, but at a totally impractical price; aka the 20th anniversary mac.

  5. Bought one in April, 1984, along with a dot matrix printer. Never looked back.

    Started bringing it to work. Had to get a second desk for it to accommodate all the engineers who wanted to borrow it.

    In today’s dollars, that $2400 would buy a pretty nice MacPro. Life is good.

  6. I had an original Mac and stupidly had it upgraded it to a 512.

    I did use it for a total of 5 years before I bought a Mac SE and gave the Mac/512 to my niece. She got another 5 years out of it.

  7. I still have my original Mac 128k/KB/mouse sitting on a table with my original iPhone, xzand iPad. My own little Apple museum. I even still have my old Apple LaserWriter, which got a lot of use in the 80’s for desktop publishing for my Apple User’s Group. Many fun years as the technology developed!

  8. Wish I could have accomplished as much when I turned 30.
    My first was a Classic and in couple years supporting nearly 3 dozen in company division.
    Win 3.1 & 95 users were lusting for our Macs.

  9. … And of course, Steve Jobs was not ‘THE’ actual father of the Macintosh. But he made sure he was ONE of the parents once he understood how insanely great it was going to be.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh

    Development and introduction

    The Macintosh project began in 1979 with Jef Raskin, an Apple employee who envisioned an easy-to-use, low-cost computer for the average consumer. He wanted to name the computer after his favorite type of apple, the McIntosh…. Raskin was authorized to start hiring for the project in September 1979.

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