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iFixit goes back to the future, tears down original 128k Mac

While Apple celebrates the Mac's 30th anniversary, repair specialists iFixit waxed nostalgic as they took their screwdrivers to a 1984-vintage Macintosh 128k.

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.

Macintosh 128k


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.

Macintosh 128k


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.

Macintosh 128k


The computer was loaned to iFixit by The Vintage Mac Museum, a private collection of Apple computers and memorabilia run by historian Adam Rosen.