Retro Mac

31 years ago, Apple's iconic "1984" ad was broadcast nationally

31 years ago today, Apple's legendary "1984" commercial was broadcast nationally during Super Bowl XVIII. The advertisement, directed by the famed Ridley Scott, is to this day still considered one of the top commercials of all time. Over the year...

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Vintage Mac app About boxes show just how far we've come

Mac consultant, writer, and translator Riccardo Mori has a collection of vintage Macs, and he's been putting them to good use creating a wonderful archive of About boxes while trying to determine what apps are on some old CD-ROMs and floppies. Abo...

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Take a look at the original Apple Watch from 1995

The Apple Watch is just around the corner, ready to usher in a new era of wearable technology for Cupertino. While we wait with bated breath to get our hands on one, here's a look back at the first Apple Watch from 1995. It couldn't control your s...

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Two Mac Pro cases + woodworking skill = unique bench

With the advent of the new, smaller "trashcan" Mac Pro, we're going to start seeing a lot more of the all-aluminum PowerMac G5 / Mac Pro cases going to the recyclers or - even worse - the dump. Gary Katz of Mac M.D. is a longtime Apple Consultant...

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CURVED/labs-Mac concept brings the original Mac up to date

What you see in the image above is not a real Mac, which is a bit of a pity because a lot of Mac fans would buy one in a heartbeat. Instead, it's a concept worked up by German tech site Curved that takes the original friendly "toaster" Mac design...

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Happy 12th Birthday, Safari!

Kids just grow up so quickly... On January 7, 2003, Steve Jobs announced at Macworld San Francisco that Apple had developed its own web browser called Safari. On that day, the first beta version was released. Apple based Safari 1 on its internal fo...

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Video: The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh Experience CD

On January 7, 1997, Apple announced a completely revolutionary -- for the time -- Mac called the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM). The US$7,499 TAM celebrated the 20th anniversary of Apple's founding and was the first desktop Mac to use featur...

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Apple I sells for "only" $365,000 at auction

With the original Apple computers - AKA Apple I or Apple-1 - being as scarce as the proverbial hens teeth, prices for the units hand-built by Steve Wozniak and sold by Steve Jobs have been soaring into the stratosphere. As an example, in October ...

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Susan Kare selling replicas of the Mac team's "pirate flag"

If the interior components of the original Macintosh were the heart of the device, then many of the graphic elements designed by Susan Kare were its soul. Kare designed fonts for the Mac, created many of the icons that graced the Mac for many year...

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Behold the beauty of the Macintosh Programmer's Workshop "About" animation

Macintosh Programmer's Workshop, or MPW to most people who remember it, was a software development tool for the classic Mac OS. It was invaluable for developers looking to build applications for System 1-7.6 and Mac OS 8 and 9, but it had charms b...

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Ben Heck builds an Apple 1 from scratch, and you can too

If you don't have the near-US$1 million to spare to buy a genuine Apple 1 computer, why not build your own working replica? Master model Ben Heckendorn (AKA Ben Heck) does just that in a new three-part episode of element14's The Ben Heck Show. I...

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Two Apple keyboards, 24 years apart

Here we have an Apple Lisa keyboard alongside one of the company's current offerings. There's something about those old, massive keyboards that still feels great. The massive key travel distance, the satisfying snap of a keystroke, and the fact th...

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A nostalgic look at the Macintosh Portable, Apple's first laptop

The Macintosh Portable, Apple's first laptop and the first consumer laptop to travel into space, was released in 1989. Groundbreaking in its day, the laptop was still a bulky travel companion, roughly the size of the phone book at four inches at ...

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Relive the BBS dream (nightmare?) with Level 29

Do you hate the current Internet and wish you could go back to the days of boring text on a blank background? Of course you don't, but if you want to be reminded of just how great things are these days you can take a temporary trip down memory lane...

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Beyond Swift: visit Apple's official blogs of yesteryear

The introduction of Apple's programming language Swift at WWDC represents a departure from tradition in several ways. If an entirely new coding dialect wasn't enough, last week the company also launched a blog specifically focused on Swift. The new b...

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Browsing Flickr on a 1989 Mac

According to the owner of the Macintosh SE/30 used to capture this image, it took approximately five minutes to load a single Flickr web page. That's actually not that bad, considering the late-80s power of the computer. [Photo credit: Jeff Jackso...

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