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Apple Celebrates The Mac at 30

Happy birthday, Mac.

We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people — as remarkable as the telephone.
— Steve Jobs, February 1985

Today is the 30th anniversary of the original Mac, a true milestone in computing, and one Apple isn’t going to let pass unnoticed. To commemorate the day, the company has updated its Web site with a bevy of material celebrating the machine, its legacy and the people who use it. The centerpiece of the tribute, a nearly 3 minute long video charting the Mac’s history, its impact, and the reminiscences of Mac users like musician Moby, artist April Greiman, and surgeon Maki Sugimoto. A well done celebration and well worth a watch. Also worth a read today: iFixit’s teardown of the Macintosh 128K.

Below, Apple’s 30 anniversary Mac video and below that some 1984 video footage of Steve Jobs introducing the machine at Macworld in 1984.

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