24 January 2014 18:15 | By Dan Sung, contributor
Happy 30th birthday: Apple Macintosh through the ages

Ten most important Macs ever

Macintosh 128K (© Apic/Getty Images)
  • Macintosh 128K (© Apic/Getty Images)
  • Macintosh II (© MIKE BLAKE/Reuters)
  • PowerBook 100 (© Mudrats Alexandra/ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis)
  • Power Macintosh 6100 (1994) (© Ho New/Reuters)
  • Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (1997) (© Christies)
  • iMac G3 (© Apple)
  • iBook G3 “Snow” (© Getty Images)
  • iMac G5 (© Apple)
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Thirty years ago to this very day, the first ever Apple Macintosh computer was born. It was known at the time simply as the Apple Macintosh but has since come to be remembered as the machine you see in the picture above - the Macintosh 128K.

Heralded by the now hugely famous big-budget Ridley Scott directed commercial called 1984 - named so because of its depiction of a grey, soulless, totalitarian computing environment where one woman dares to break the mould – it promised to change the world forever.

The Macintosh 128K might not have been a perfect machine but its importance as the first computer to offer normal people an acceptable and affordable graphics experience is utterly undeniable, along with its status as the first in a line that’s still with us today.

To celebrate the birthday of such a technology great, we’ve dug through the archives and the dozens of models to find what we feel are the 10 most important Macintosh computers in history. Join us in a look back at Apple through the ages. Which was your first? Which was your favourite?

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