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The Mac at 25

special coverage At the silver anniversary of Apple's Macintosh, we look back at how the revolutionary computer has evolved and where it could go from here.

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The Mac at 25

The Mac at 25


At the silver anniversary of Apple's Macintosh, we look back at how the revolutionary computer has evolved and where it could go from here.

Special coverage


Test your Apple IQ

Think you know all there is to know about Apple's history? Put your knowledge about the Cupertino tech icon to the test.

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Remembering the '1984' Super Bowl Mac ad
Twenty-five years ago, the landmark commercial paved the way for big-budget television advertisements and brought Apple into the mainstream.
(Posted in Apple by Caroline McCarthy)
January 23, 2009

Mac excels where humans fall short
CNET News' Ina Fried recalls her introduction to the Macintosh two decades ago and ruminates on the future of the iconic Apple computer.
(Posted in Beyond Binary by Ina Fried)
January 23, 2009

Are today's Macs related to the Mac Daddy?
After 25 years, is there much remaining of the first Macintoshes in today's much faster, more powerful models?
(Posted in Apple by Daniel Terdiman)
January 23, 2009

Mac at 25: A special Editors' Office Hours
At 11:30 a.m. PST Friday, come on over to CNET TV to ask questions and share comments on the 25th anniversary of Apple's Macintosh.
(Posted in Apple by Tom Krazit)
January 23, 2009

Podcast: The Mac turns 25
Larry Magid speaks with KCBS co-anchors about the 25th anniversary of the Apple Macintosh--from what he thought about the machine in 1984 to what the future holds.
(Posted in Larry Magid at Large by Larry Magid)
January 22, 2009

What's next for Apple's Mac?
It's been 25 years since Apple changed computing with the debut of the Macintosh. The storied product may have been eclipsed by the iPhone in recent years, but will still evolve.
(Posted in Apple by Tom Krazit)
January 22, 2009

Recollections of the Mac's creators
Three members of the team that built the original Macintosh look back on days filled with pirate flags, Nerf balls, and Steve Jobs' Zen interviewing techniques.
(Posted in Apple by Daniel Terdiman)
January 22, 2009

Readers reminisce about Macs gone by
CNET readers write about their most vivid memories of the groundbreaking Macintosh.
(Posted in Apple by Tom Krazit)
January 22, 2009

Larry Magid's 1984 review of the original Macintosh
In January 1984, Steve Jobs--whom I described in my Macintosh review as "Apple's young chairman"--gave me a preview of the original 128K Macintosh. As you can tell from the review, I was very impressed. Thousands of reviews later, I still am.
(Posted in Larry Magid at Large by Larry Magid)
January 22, 2009

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January 21, 2009

Health now Apple's job No. 1
Apple regroups as CEO Steve Jobs takes a six-month medical leave of absence. Here's our roundup of the latest stories about the announcement and its aftermath.
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A recap of Apple news at Macworld 2009
This year's Macworld keynote presentation was not the most exciting event Apple has ever put on, but there were still some noteworthy announcements. Here's a quick look.
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q&a Mac co-creator Andy Hertzfeld talks with CNET News.com about the early days, open-source software, the iPod and Steve Jobs' parking habits.
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Special coverage:

The Mac at 25

The Mac at 25


At the silver anniversary of Apple's Macintosh, we look back at how the revolutionary computer has evolved and where it could go from here.

Special coverage


Test your Apple IQ

Think you know all there is to know about Apple's history? Put your knowledge about the Cupertino tech icon to the test.

Take the quiz

Remembering the '1984' Super Bowl Mac ad
Twenty-five years ago, the landmark commercial paved the way for big-budget television advertisements and brought Apple into the mainstream.
(Posted in Apple by Caroline McCarthy)
January 23, 2009

Mac excels where humans fall short
CNET News' Ina Fried recalls her introduction to the Macintosh two decades ago and ruminates on the future of the iconic Apple computer.
(Posted in Beyond Binary by Ina Fried)
January 23, 2009

Are today's Macs related to the Mac Daddy?
After 25 years, is there much remaining of the first Macintoshes in today's much faster, more powerful models?
(Posted in Apple by Daniel Terdiman)
January 23, 2009

Mac at 25: A special Editors' Office Hours
At 11:30 a.m. PST Friday, come on over to CNET TV to ask questions and share comments on the 25th anniversary of Apple's Macintosh.
(Posted in Apple by Tom Krazit)
January 23, 2009

Podcast: The Mac turns 25
Larry Magid speaks with KCBS co-anchors about the 25th anniversary of the Apple Macintosh--from what he thought about the machine in 1984 to what the future holds.
(Posted in Larry Magid at Large by Larry Magid)
January 22, 2009

What's next for Apple's Mac?
It's been 25 years since Apple changed computing with the debut of the Macintosh. The storied product may have been eclipsed by the iPhone in recent years, but will still evolve.
(Posted in Apple by Tom Krazit)
January 22, 2009

Recollections of the Mac's creators
Three members of the team that built the original Macintosh look back on days filled with pirate flags, Nerf balls, and Steve Jobs' Zen interviewing techniques.
(Posted in Apple by Daniel Terdiman)
January 22, 2009

Readers reminisce about Macs gone by
CNET readers write about their most vivid memories of the groundbreaking Macintosh.
(Posted in Apple by Tom Krazit)
January 22, 2009

Larry Magid's 1984 review of the original Macintosh
In January 1984, Steve Jobs--whom I described in my Macintosh review as "Apple's young chairman"--gave me a preview of the original 128K Macintosh. As you can tell from the review, I was very impressed. Thousands of reviews later, I still am.
(Posted in Larry Magid at Large by Larry Magid)
January 22, 2009

Recent Apple news


Apple proves recession-resistant, for now
A stellar quarter in the face of one of the weakest holiday shopping periods in recent memory has Apple executives and investors feeling fine. But the waters are still choppy.
January 21, 2009

Health now Apple's job No. 1
Apple regroups as CEO Steve Jobs takes a six-month medical leave of absence. Here's our roundup of the latest stories about the announcement and its aftermath.
January 16, 2009

A recap of Apple news at Macworld 2009
This year's Macworld keynote presentation was not the most exciting event Apple has ever put on, but there were still some noteworthy announcements. Here's a quick look.
Complete coverage: A new era for Macworld Expo
January 6, 2009

Apple in the archives


OS X: Seven years in the making
After several false starts, abandoned product plans, and the return of its prodigal CEO, Apple is finally releasing its next-generation operating system.
March 21, 2001

How the Mac was born, and other tales
q&a Mac co-creator Andy Hertzfeld talks with CNET News.com about the early days, open-source software, the iPod and Steve Jobs' parking habits.
January 11, 2005

Apple celebrates 30 years
special report From the Apple II to the Mac to the iPod, Steve Jobs and company have kept on innovating--and gaining rabid fans along the way.
March 28, 2006