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Macintosh Then and Now (Updated)

I originally wrote this in January but thought I’d update it for the introduction of the first Retina iMac, especially since the original Mac and the Retina iMac are priced identically. It’s amazing to see how far the Macintosh hardware has come over the 30 1/2 years of its existence. 

Original Macintosh January 24, 1984

Single-core 8 MHz Processor, 16 bit Motorola 68000
128 KB RAM
9 inch, 1 bit per pixel, black and white CRT display, 512×342 pixels, 72 dpi
One 400 KB single-sided floppy drive
2 RS-422 ports
OS: Mac OS 1.0
Number of swaps to copy 1 floppy disk: 4
$2499 in 1984 dollars.

Retina iMac October 16, 2014

Quad-core 3500 MHz Processor, 64 bit Intel Core i5
AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
8,000,000 KB RAM
27 inch, 24 bits per pixel, color Retina LCD display, 5120×2880 pixels, approx 218 dpi
One 1,000,000,000 KB Hard Drive
4 USB 3 ports, 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports, 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, SDXC card slot, Bluetooth, Facetime HD camera
802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
OS: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Number of swaps to copy 1 floppy disk: huh?
$2,499 in 2014 dollars.

Not to mention how visually different the computers are today.