“A teardown usually means a glimpse at the newest tech, but today we’ve got something even more special — a peek into yesteryear. January 24th, 1984 marks the date the original Macintosh computer went on sale; we felt there was no better way to celebrate its 30th birthday than for all to revel at its glorious guts,” iFixit reports.
“Today’s blast from the past is brought to you with the awesome help of Cult of Mac and The Vintage Mac Museum. Cult of Mac will have us note that no vintage Macinti were harmed in the making of this guide — although with a pretty awesome 7 out of 10 repairability score, they didn’t have to worry much about us breaking it,” iFixit reports. “Disassembly was straightforward once we figured out how to open the case.”
“Apple originally called this computer the Macintosh, but it became known as the Mac 128K once the 512K RAM variant entered the market,” iFixit reports. “There’s no active cooling on this daddy Mac. Inside, the Motorola 68000 processor has a little breathing room, but nothing more. This processor, commonly called the 68k, is a surprisingly popular chip. Aside from the Macintosh, it can also be found in the Sega Genesis, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, and even the TI-89 graphing calculator.”
Much more in the full teardown here.