Happy Birthday! Macintosh turns 35 years old. In January 2019, Apple marked 35 years of the existence of its Original Macintosh which was first unveiled on January 24, 984 at 1984 at Flint Center in Cupertino, California by Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs.
At the Apple stakeholders meeting, Job turned the computer on, inserted a 31/2-inch floppy disk, and the show began with the computing displaying some of the things the Macintosh can do.
A few minutes later, the Macintosh introduced itself by saying; “Hello, I’m Macintosh. It sure is great to get out of that bag.” The Original Macintosh was an advancement over the computers that were used at that time due to its graphical user interface (GUI).
It also features a 128 KB of RAM, an 8 MHz Motorola 68000 processor, and a 400 KB floppy disk drive. The Macintosh has a GUI lifted from Apple’s ill-fated Lisa project, except and run faster than Lisa due to its Motorola 68000 CPU clocked at 7.8MHz.
Tweeting to mark the historic anniversary, Apple CEO, Tim Cook said; “35 years ago, Macintosh said hello. It changed the way we think about computers and went on to change the world. We love the Mac, and today we’re proud that more people than ever are using it to follow their passions and create the future.”
For 35 years, the Macintosh has helped Apple to drive its business, and things have changed, although Macs are still around and they generate billions in revenue for Apple. However, they no longer carry the same weight at Apple as they did in the past.
In the last decade, iPhone has become Apples most important division and driving the companies’ new height in terms of profits and revenue. And Apple service divisions like Apples App Store. Apple Music and others has become the second largest business unit behind iPhone while the Mac is distant behind third. The sales of Mac have also been static over the last decade.
For instance in 2014 Apples fiscal year, Apple’s Mac sales stood at $24.1 billion. “They grew to $25.5 billion the next year, dropped to $22.8 billion in 2016, and climbed back to $25.9 billion in 2017. Apple’s last fiscal year, Mac sales stood at $25.5 billion. Even unit sales each year have been stagnant, standing at 18.2 million last year—down from 20.6 million in Apple’s 2015 fiscal year.”
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