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Nostalgia Moment: What did critics say about the first Macintosh in 1984?

Better late than never: in January this year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Macintosh platform, AAPLinvestors compiled a set of comments from experts in technology over the first Macintosh in 1984.

New York Times, Erik Sandberg-Diment, January 24, 1984

The Mac screen makes all other personal computer screens look like distorted waste from a Cubist art school. If you can live with the small display and the lack of colors does not bother you, there is simply no personal computer that comes close to the Mac in terms of image quality.

And last week, the top-of-the-line iMac solved both problems: screen size is no longer a reason not to have a Mac, as well as color display.

Los Angeles Times, Lawrence J. Magid, January 29, 1984

The availability of software is somewhat critical to the success of anyone in the computer system, and Apple is counting on broad support, since the machine does not use programs written for MS-DOS or any other standard operating system. Your inability to run MS-DOS may be a reason for your salvation or your downfall.

Developers, developers, developers, developers

Byte, Gregg Williams, February 1984

The Macintosh brings us one step closer to the ideal of a computer as an appliance.

And today they are everywhere, even in our pockets.

InCider, Bob Ryan, March 1984

The Macintosh has the best hardware value in the (albeit short) history of personal computing.

Instead of “price”, “value” seems to be the key when it comes to Apple hardware even though taxes get in the way.

Microcomputing, Keith Thompson, March 1984

Whether you are looking for a computer or not, try a Macintosh. I bet you will want one.

Yes, because testing an Apple product is the beginning of the end of your bank balance. I know.

Whole Earth Catalog, Cliffird Barney, summer of 1984

The new Macintosh from Apple Computer is a professional computer you can have, an affordable (but not cheap) version of the type of machine that computer scientists and engineers have been using for a few years.

And today the 27-inch iMac is a consumer-oriented computer, but with a lab-worthy processor and a screen that designers drool over horribly.

. . .

The cherry on top, of course, comes with the "right" prediction that one of the novelties introduced by the Macintosh would be a failure:

San Francisco Examiner, John C. Dvorak, February 19, 1984

The nature of the personal computer was simply not fully understood by Apple (or by any other company, so to speak). Apple arrogantly assumed that it knows what you want and what you need. Unfortunately, she leaves the "why?" out of the equation as in “why would I want this?” The Macintosh uses a pointing device called a "mouse". There is no proof that people want to use this. I don't want one of those novelty devices myself.

It is interesting to note how some of the things said at that time seem to have been repeated throughout the history of Ma: who would want to use a “mouse? Or a computer without a floppy drive? Or a phone without a keyboard?

(tip from Hupert, via Fortune Brainstorm Tech)