20th Anniversary Macintosh

 
 

Although radically stylish, the Jonathan Ives designed Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh was the embodiment of all that was rotten at Apple in the 1990s. With the company weeks from bankruptcy, the $7500 computer seemed misguided and willfully ignorant of Apple’s dire situation. Steve Jobs took the reigns at Apple shortly after the 20th Anniversary Macintosh’s release and he soon put it on the clearance rack as part of a effort to move all existing inventory and simplify the product line.


The 20th Anniversary Macintosh featured a 250 MHz PowerPC 603e processor, 32 MB EDO RAM, 2 GB 2.5” IDE hard disk drive, a 2 MB ATI 3D Rage II video card, 12.1” LCD display, CDROM drive, 1.44 MB floppy disk drive and television and FM radio tuners. The integrated sound system by Bose included a subwoofer box that also housed the computer’s power supply. The keyboard includes an integrated, removable trackpad. The whole kit came trimmed with Italian leather and executive desk accessories.


This 20th Anniversary Macintosh was bought from Jim Scott in Eureka, CA who runs a successful “Macs for Kids” program there. The computer features not only the original boxes, accessories and components but also 128 MB RAM, a ComSlot II 10bT ethernet card and Sonnet Tango PCI USB/Firewire card. It boots into the original Mac OS 7.6.1.

1997