Apple Celebrates 30th Birthday of Mac


Most 30th birthdays come with a sense of dread, knowing that the next big one is 40. This isn’t the case for Apple though, which has had an amazing rise to the top with it’s Mac after a couple of false starts.

We look back on how it all began, key moments over the last 30 years and how the Apple Mac came to be as we know it today.


1984 – The Macintosh is born, using it’s own operating system. This was 1 year before Microsoft launched Windows.


1987 – Apple aim to harness the power of data with the Macintosh 2. Theodore Gray (from Wolfram Research) successfully creates a new interface, which provides engineers and scientists with a way to make sense of large data sets. This became known as Mathematica and is still used today for everything from analyzing climate trends to enhancing how search engines interpret date.


1989 – Photoshop is developed for the Mac (before the PC) by John Knoll. This new photo suite provides photographers worldwide with a much faster way to adjust images.


1998 – the iMac is launched, offering consumers a much smaller version of the Macintosh computers and taking the company into a wider public arena.


2000 – Apple launch a portable version of the Mac, the iBook. This proves phenomenally popular and marks a new era for Apple.


2005 – The Mac Mini is born, offering powerful processing from the Apple OS but that can be plugged into a range of screens.


2006 – The Macbook Pro is launched, doing away with the white plastic construction of the iBook in favour of aluminium which we still know and love today.


2008 – Consumers are offered a lighter version of the Macbook Pro, claiming to be the thinnest laptop in the world. This is the birth of the fabulous Macbook Air.


2014 – Apple celebrates 30 years of the Mac and continues to upgrade each version of the Mac, but keeping design aesthetics just the way we love them.