iFixit goes back to the future, tears down original 128k MacWhile Apple celebrates the Mac's 30th anniversary, repair specialists iFixit waxed nostalgic as they took their screwdrivers to a 1984-vintage Macintosh 128k.
As noted by iFixit, the first-generation Mac sported an 8 megahertz Motorola 68000 processor, 128 kilobytes of DRAM, 400 kilobytes of total storage— on a 3.5-inch floppy disk— and a 9-inch, 512 pixel by 342 pixel black and white CRT. The beige box sold at retail for $2,495— $5,594 today.
Input and output capability came in the form of then-high speed serial ports. Both the roller ball mouse— which was notable for its relative lack of electronics— and mechanical keyboard connected via bulky DE-9 plugs.
iFixit awarded the Macintosh 128k a 7 out of 10 repairability score, though the crew made no mention of which decade the score applied to— some components, presumably, being easier to acquire in 1984. They dinged the machine for its soldered-on RAM and lack of internal expandability, as well as the possibility of a high-voltage electric shock from the display.
The computer was loaned to iFixit by The Vintage Mac Museum, a private collection of Apple computers and memorabilia run by historian Adam Rosen.
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