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Apple Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Mac

by Sean P. Aune | January 24, 2014January 24, 2014 7:00 am PST

Jan. 24, 1984 is a day that will always live in computer history as it was the day that the Macintosh computer line was introduced to the world.

Apple is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Mac computer line today with a retrospective of the various milestones of the computer over the past three decades.  There is also a bit of a love letter from the company to the computer it has become some well-known for.

Mac Evolution

Happy Birthday, Mac.

In 1984, Apple introduced the world to Macintosh.

It was designed to be so easy to use that people could actually use it.

And it came with a promise — that the power of technology takne from a few and put in the hands of everyone, could change the world.

That promise has been kept.

Today we create, connect, share and learn in ways that were unimaginable 30 years ago.

Imagine what we can accomplish in the next 30 years.

After getting past the first page, users are invited to visit a 30th anniversary section of the site where the company takes a look back at stories about how the Mac has played a hand in revolutionizing some technologies and pushed various fields of research and data manipulation. There’s a story of a user or creator from each year of the Mac’s history.

Apple also invites you to tell the company about your first Mac by visiting the “Your First Mac” survey where you say what your first Mac was and then give some information about the country you were in at the time and how you used it. It’s interesting to see what the most popular first Macs were for people – right now it’s the Macintosh 512Ke from 1986 – and how people have changed the way they use them over the years.

Even if you aren’t a Mac user, the site makes for an interesting walk through the history of computing over the past 30 years.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...