Specifications for Popular Apple Computers of The Past

Apple computers have been one of the most popular choices in personal computers for decades, dating back to the 1970s when the first personal computers were just starting to be created.

The very first personal computer came out in 1971 and its specifications then were beyond what people could imagine. Skip ahead 50 years and today’s computers processing speeds and memory are far more advanced, way beyond what we saw in the beginning.

How have the specifications for Apple computers changed over the years? Below I’ll share the processor speed and RAM for 5 popular Apple computers to show just how much better their specifications got over time. You can also find the specifications for a wide variety of other popular personal computers that came out over the past 50 years here.

1977: Apple II

Processor Speed: 1.023 megahertz (MHz)

RAM: 4 kilobytes (KB)

1984: Apple Macintosh

Processor Speed: 7.83 MHz

RAM: 128 KB

1991: Apple Macintosh Powerbook 100

Processor Speed: 6 MHz


1998: Apple iMac

Processor Speed: 233 MHz

RAM: 32 MB

2004: Apple Titanium Powerbook G4

Processor Speed: 400 MHz

RAM: 128 MB

Where any of these Apple models the first personal computer you owned?



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