As Mac Turns 30, Apple Still Lives Under Its Glow

There’s a moment when Steve Jobs is officially introducing the first Macintosh that has now become iconic. He’s talking up the specs of the machine at the Apple shareholders meeting 30 years ago today and then shows off an ad for the computer where we see someone unzip a case and pull the machine out. On the screen, the Macintosh displays one word in lowercase: “hello.” Though Jobs was at his brash, boastful best that day, the Mac itself was humble. And it needed to be. Apple wasn’t exactly on a roll. The Mac was a big bet on a new kind of computer and, really, a bet of the entire company.

Three decades later, it’s pretty clear the bet paid off big time. You can still buy one, and for far less than

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