Apple Macintosh – At a glance

A sidebar to the Apple Macintosh review published in Byte, issue 8/1984, pp. 241-242. At a glance Name Macintosh Manufacturer Apple Computer Inc. 20525 Mariani Ave. Cupertino, CA 95014 (408) 996-1010 Components Size: 13.5 by 9.7 by 10.9 inches (main unit) 2.6 by 13.2 by 5.8 inches (keyboard) Weight: 19.5 pounds Processor: Motorola 68000 (7,8336 … Read more

A Second Opinion to the Apple Macintosh review

A sidebar to the Apple Macintosh review published in Byte, issue 8/1984, pp. 248.

A Second Opinion

The Macintosh is advertised as a 128K-byte machine. In reality, the Finder (Macintosh’s operating system) and other systems software take about 40K bytes. Subtract from this another 40K to 70K bytes for any applications programs that may be in memory and the 128K-byte Macintosh becomes an 18K- to 38K-byte machine. For example, when Mac’s Microsoft BASIC package is loaded on top of the resident software, there is only 13K bytes of space for programs and data left. Similarly, MacWrite, Macintosh’s word-processing program, only allows documents with a maximum size of about 24K bytes. This problem seems to be an inherent limitation in the current design of the Macintosh because there is no way to expand the memory capacity of the machine. When 256K-bit memory chips become available the Macintosh will be upgraded to a 512K-byte machine, enough space for the most ambitious application programs. However, at the time of this writing these chips are only in the development stage. This means that they will not be commercially available before 1985.

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1983 Apple Keynote – The "1984" Ad Introduction

httpv:// Steve Jobs: It is now 1984. It appears IBM wants it all. Apple is perceived to be the only hope to offer IBM a run for its money. Dealers initially welcoming IBM with open arms now fear an IBM dominated and controlled future. They are increasing and desperately turning back to Apple as the … Read more

Apple History TV: Steve Jobs about Microsoft (1995)

Steve Jobs The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste, and what that means is – I don’t mean that in a small way I mean that in a big way. In the sense that they they don’t think of original ideas and they don’t bring much … Read more