When I think of the name Macintosh computers, I think of that rainbow apple.
The Apple development team started in the 1970’s and brought us a computer for personal use in the year around 1984. The new computers entered our computer lab in our small town school with pride and joy. This same year, I started Kindergarten and gave us the ability to be the first generation to grow with the personal computer at early start in our education.
Looking back I remember the software was simple. This was because the computer used images rather than text in order to communicate. These computers were large, bulky and heavy. Yet, they were still an impressive invention to many as in the 70’s computers once filled a full room.
As I grew up learning the software and the functions of the computer, so did the computers and software themselves. Mac Write became a popular way to type homework and print it off on the Apple laser. These computers with the 64 KB of RAM and the 256×256 pixel ability were equally impressive during this time and Oregon Trail was played frequently in color.
The downfall of the Macintosh became obvious; it had little memory and little processing power. The units price also packed a powerful punch at almost $3,000.00.
Our computer lab saw the upgrade to the Macintosh Plus held a long held title of ownership of the years 1986-1990, which led my generation through elementary. The upgrade was obtained in our computer lab and three of the older computers were left over from lack of funding and I remember the insult of having to use the old dinosaurs we once were so excited to sit behind.
The school would not see any updates until internet hit the wave, which was in 1995. The new computers Macintosh brought were impressive for the punch of one button and you were on, ready, booted and ready to go to the internet highway.
Macintosh is now back into the heat again with bringing us the iPods and are seeing sales soar with its invention.
IBM used to be one of its major competitors, but now Microsoft proved to be another competitor.
Today, I find that Apple computers are still slowly growing compared to IBM. Many of the software is not versatile on the internet, or with games. I am waiting for the day when the reliable Apple does makes it way to top IBM at an affordable rate and compatible ability as IBM. Though Apple computers and Macintosh do have their draw backs, I find many of the comments of their computers are that they are reliable and good computers. The day that they are more compatible with my usage and the pricing is right, and then one will sit upon my desk.