Apple, Inc.
Image Credit:   Macworld Premier Issue, 1984

Apple, Inc.
Image Credit:   Macworld Premier Issue, 1984

Introduced: January 24, 1984
Terminated: October 1, 1985

Logic Board
Processor:   68000
Processor Speed:   8 MHz
PMMU:   none
FPU:   none
Bus Speed:   8 MHz
Data Path:   16-bit
ROM Size:   64K
Level 1 Cache:   none
Level 2 Cache:   none
Expansion Slots:   none
Battery:   4.5V Alkaline, Type #523

Macworld, Premier Issue
(Click) Macintosh System Board (Macworld, 1984 Premier Issue)

Macworld, Premier Issue
(Click) Macintosh Analog Board (Macworld, 1984 Premier Issue)

RAM Type:   Onboard Only
RAM Slots:   none
Min - Max RAM:   128K - 128K
Minimum RAM Speed:   Not Applicable
Install in groups of:   Not Applicable
RAM Sizes:   Not Applicable
Onboard RAM:   128K

Macworld, Premier Issue
(Click) Macintosh Chassis (Macworld, 1984 Premier Issue)

ADB:   none
USB:   none
FireWire:   none
Video:   none
Floppy:   DB-19
SCSI:   none
Geoports:   none
Ethernet:   none
Mic Type:   none
Other ports:   Printer, modem, speaker

  • The serial ports in this system do not support handshaking or synchronous modems.

Apple Inc.
Image Credit:   Apple Inc.

Standard VRAM:   none
Maximum VRAM:   none

Display Resolution:
  • Built-in, 512 x 384, 1-bit
  • Screen size is 9-inch, 512 x 342. The built-in monitor is black and white.

Standard CD-ROM:   none
Internal Hard Drive:   none
Floppy Disk Drive:   400K manual

Operating System
Addressing Modes:   24-bit
Original OS:   0.0
Original Enabler:   none
AppleTalk Version:   Not Applicable

Compatible MacOS:
< 1.0
3.3 (Finder Version 5.3)

For additional information on operating systems:
See this article

Codename:   Macintosh
Form Factor:   128
Dimensions (Inches):   13.6 H x 9.6 W x 10.9 D
Average Weight (lbs):   16.5
Gestalt ID:   1
Original Price:   $2500 US

The 128K introduced the world to the Macintosh GUI (graphical user interface). Although underpowered, the 128K's remarkable GUI was the first offered on the home market at a price many could afford.

On Sunday afternoon in the winter of 1984, 43 million Americans saw Apple's "1984" commercial during the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl. In ten million households from coast to coast there was a collective gasp, then, echoing the on-air words of one of the sports announcers, "Wow, what was that?" The Macintosh hit the market with the force of a ten-kiloton nuclear bomb and the computer industry changed forever.

The original script for "1984":

"My friends, each of you is a single cell in the great body of the State. And today, that great body has purged itself of parasites. We have triumphed over the unprincipled dissemination of fact. The thugs and wreckers have been cast out. And the poisonous weeds of disinformation have been consigned to the dustbin of history. Let each and every cell rejoice! For today we celebrate the first, glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directive. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology, where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thought is a more powerful weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people. With one will. One resolve. One cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death. And we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!

On January 24, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh and you’ll see why 1984 won't be like 1984."

Macword, Premier Issue
(Macworld, 1984 Premier Issue) Apple sold the ImageWriter printer specifically to emphasis the Mac's "WYSIWYG" capabilities

Additional Macintosh 128K Information:

Apple Macintosh Print Ads: 1984 to 1986

System Software Recommendations

Mac OS and the 128K Macintosh

The Creation of the Macintosh

Apple Introduces the Macintosh

The first generation Macs and their place in history

Vectronic's Classic Macintosh Section

Vectronic's ImageWriter

(Click) Additional Macintosh 128K Images:

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