Steve Jobs introduces Macintosh

This is the original video showing Steve Jobs introducing the Mac to the world. The crowd’s reaction is amazing to hear, approaching hysteria.

  • Kriztyan

    It is really incredible just how far the Mac has come. People actually applauded to scrolling vertical letters! I wanted one of these Mac’s bad.

    I didn’t get my first Mac until many year later. I got a Macintosh Iici. Then I upgraded to a PowerPC 8500 with a U.S. Robotics Modem.

    Later a Blue and White G3 later upgraded to sport a Sonnet G4 processor upgrade.

    Then came my G4 Mirror Door.

    Then a G5 which is the only Mac that I purchased used at a very good price.

    I then got my 2008 Mac Pro, which is still the computer I use today. I simply can’t justify the cost of upgrading it for a newer Mac, since it still does efficiently everything I through at it. I am even thinking a upgrading the video card on it, just to extend it’s service a couple of more years.

    • Rocking a 2006 Mac Pro and it still does what I ask. I did upgrade the video card, but it is stuck at OS X 10.7. That is the only real reason I want to upgrade to a new model.

      • trtrtr

        you can get mavericks/10.9 on the mp 2006 in a very straightforward manner. have a look at macrumors forum.

  • So glad Steve ditched the bow tie.

  • Space Gorilla

    I still have my original 1984 Mac on my desk. It’s amazing that all PCs essentially work like the Mac now. I remember way back then when ‘real computer users’ made fun of the graphical user interface.

  • Neil C

    I have a feeling he recorded an intro, before his death, that Apple will use when they finally reveal the “it” TV thing

    This video is amazing. Crowd reaction is historical.

  • Dave Brandt

    Shortly after, I bought my 128K at a place called “Affordable Computer”. I had read that I would need the optional second disk drive to have any chance, so I saved up until I could afford that as well. Back in the day, the salesmen used to write out the receipts by hand. He added things up and computed the tax with a desk calculator. I could barely contain my good fortune: he had made a mistake in the thousandths place!!! He wound up charging me about $1,900! Years later I read that Steve had originally wanted the Mac to sell for about that price, but it was that bozo CEO of his who wanted to jack up the price. So I wound up paying about what Steve had wanted; even at that street price, I suppose there was still room for Apple’s customary 30% profit!!


    Here’s our little story…

    Back in the day, it was $2,495 for the original Macintosh. The 128K model was the only option for more than six months. It was another $99 for the carry case and $495 for the ImageWriter printer, both of which were indispensable. A box of 400k floppy discs cost $55 for the Apple branded stuff.

    At the time I was a student studying Electronic Engineering at Portland Community College – Sylvania Campus… Not a lot of income back then so it seemed unlikely that I would ever be able to own something like this.

    It took a GREAT deal of convincing, but I finally managed to swing it after two months of consistent pressure! My wife has always been a very practical and frugal person, so you can imagine the masterful job it took!

    Ultimately I promised her it would pay itself back many-fold, and as it is, that statement ended up being far more accurate than I could ever have imagined. This acquisition is what set me on the career course I’ve been on ever since.

    Anyway, we named our Mac MacKenzie and she will be 30 years old this coming March. (Like I said, it took some convincing!) I’m fortunate to still have her, the Mac and my wife! I still have the carry case, the ImageWriter printer and a few other accessories too.

    It’s very cool that on this model the signatures of all of the original designers is embossed on the inside of the case. I’m having a hard time imagining any other company being so proud of their efforts that they would go to the extra trouble of adding their signatures to it. In part, this is why I’m a Mac guy.

    So, the whole thing cost just about what I would imagine the hospital bill might have been to pop out a new kid back in 1984. Okay, so that’s probably an exaggeration, but at the time it certainly felt like it.

    Having this tool for school was amazing. My work was the envy of most other students, and in fact most of the professors at the time. Keep in mind that it was nearly impossible to have both text and graphics on the screen at the same time, much less being able to print it.

    My lab work included some fairly complicated electronic diagramming and I was able to produce schematics that ended up being posted in the classrooms for everyone to marvel at. I was such a proud papa!

    It took another year before laser printing became available. The first implementation of Adobe’s Postscript came bundled in the Apple LaserWriter. Hardware-wise this was essentially a Macintosh system sporting the Motorola 68000 processor and 1.5 MB of RAM. For the math inclined that’s 11.7 times the amount of RAM in my original Mac. the cost was a whopping $6,995!

    I never owned an Apple LaserWriter, but that worked out fine as it meant I had to seek out locations that would allow me to print in the highest quality available. Doing so got me connected into the burgeoning DeskTop Publishing market at the time and these folks ended up being my first professional contacts and eventually my first clients.

    There’s a lot more to this continuing story, but for today, I’ll leave it here with this last thought. If the Mac hadn’t existed and more to the point, If we had never purchased one, it’s very unlikely that I would have ever met a great many of my friends and colleagues I’ve grown so close to today.

    I can’t imagine my world if it didn’t include most of them! I think we can, at least in part, thank Apple and the Mac for making so much in our lives possible by throwing us all together. I know, sappy but at least for me, true!