Happy 33rd Birthday, Macintosh!


Thirty-three years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh 128k. This launched the pivotal definition of home computing. Flash forward to 2017 and Apple holds numerous records in top technology, computer sales, and “Apple” is more than just a house-hold name; it’s a way of life. Re-live the nostalgic unveiling below:

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Here at Parallels, we’ve celebrated the 33rd birthday of Macintosh by asking our team to share their earliest Mac experiences over the years. Check out what they had to say!


Dawn Heiberg — Director Creative Services

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My first Mac had to have been the original 128K Mac..my dad got one, and I remember having to swap out floppy disks to load apps… and how the ‘big’ ones would take like forever!!! I can’t remember what I actually DID on it… but I do know that having a Mac early in life set me up to be quite the Mac expert compared to my peers back then, which came in handy once I started on my creative career path, as a Mac was (and still really is) the standard for digital design creation.






Kayla Myrhow – Audience Marketing Manager

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My first machine was a hand-me-down combined with an AppleColor RGB Monitor from my Grandfather, who instilled my love of technology at a young age. I used this machine to learn the basics of computing such as typing, the (new at the time) OS feature: Finder, and was my first introduction to accidentally pressing the Power/Reset button on the keyboard (oops!)






Kurt Schmucker – Senior Product Manager

My first Mac was the original 128K Mac. I was in the first group of authors selected by Guy Kawasaki to write books about the Mac. My book, “Object-Oriented Programming for the Macintosh” taught a generation of programmers how to program this revolutionary new computer. While I didn’t own every single subsequent Mac model, I did have quite a lot of them.








Bennett Dilly — E-commerce Marketing Manager

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My first foray into the Mac world — outside of the “primitive” versions used during my grade school days — was with a black MacBook running OS X 10.4 Tiger. After being a loyal Windows user for several years, I now get to enjoy the best of both worlds using our awesome product. (Shameless plug and I’m sticking with it.)






Stephanie Milton – Senior Online Marketing Manager

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Oregon Trail & Carmen Sandiego on the Apple II at school computer lab class. Although, I don’t think I learned a thing about 19th century pioneer life or geography from it. On a positive note – I DID learn about friendly competition, because comparing yourself to classmates about who died first was always a good time.



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