To answer your question, the Mac was first introduced in
January 1984, when the infamous 'Big Brother' commercial
was supposed to run during the 1984 super bowl.
Just about anything you want to know about the various
Mac models can be found on this site:
The site is always up to date and includes information on
pretty much any Apple product you can name.
I believe (if I remember correctly) the Mac 'Classic' was the
Mini of its day. Apple was trying to address the 'Macs cost
more than PCs crowd'.
The Classic was, essentially, a repackaged Mac SE brought
in at a lower price point. When I purchased my SE in
1987, it cost roughly $3700. I had to take out a student
loan to purchase it.
The classic in 1990 Cost between $1000 and $1500. Quite
a difference. If you compare the specs for those two
models, you?ll see they are very, very close.
As I recall, Apple caught some flack from Mac users
because the 68030 processors were already widely in use
(as well as a lower cost 68020) and many people
complained that Apple could have released a retooled
ats/mac_se30.html) with its more advanced features, for
the same price as the Classic.
But, the 68030 was a no show until the ?Classic II? in
1991. And of course, the Classic II opened up a whole
nother can of beans. .
The whole thing was pretty much about money. Macs have
traditionally been more expensive than PCs for simple
reasons. Apple generally doesn't buy motherboards and
proprietary chips off the rack. They have to recoup the
money they spend in development costs for hardware and
software since they control the platform so closely.
Sorry if this was more than you wanted.
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