How long have you been a Mac user?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by 06tb06, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. 06tb06 macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2017
    SW Virginia
    I switched to Mac and OS X in February of 2016 when I purchased a 13-inch 2015 MacBook Pro. I had been a "Windows Wrangler" for most of my life prior, ever since Windows 98 SE.

    Like most people, I had owned Apple products before buying my first Mac. I owned a first generation iPod Nano back in 2006. I have also owned several iPhones over the years, including 6 Plus and 6S.

    Looking back over the years I can't understand why I didn't make the switch sooner. I periodically do a bit of amateur video editing and couldn't believe the time difference in rendering and exporting when using Final Cut Pro over Premiere Pro, which was my go-to app for video on my Windows desktop.

    Overall, I have been very pleased.
  2. Bart Kela Suspended

    Bart Kela

    Oct 12, 2016
    I've been a Mac user since 1984 or 1985, basically since the Mac has been around. I don't remember the exact date. They were deployed at my university's newspaper around that time. I had a pre-Mac Apple II+ since the early 80s.

    I owned my first Mac in the early Nineties, I think a Mac IIsi. I remember the initial purchase included a grayscale monitor, later I picked up the Apple Color Display, the one with the Degauss button on the back.

    Good times, good times.

    Overall, I have been very pleased.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've been using them on and off since the Macintosh SE days, but I think my first full foray if memory serves me is with the Bondi Blue iMac. I had a macintosh SE before that but I don't think I was really using it much. So with the Bondi Blue iMac that was late 90s when I was getting serious with it
  4. Beachguy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011
    Hard one to answer, so I'll just go by when I bought my first Mac (as opposed to my ex-wife's in the early 90s.) I bought a Mini in August, 2011.
  5. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    I've used the Mac Plus in college. Didn't own one until I brought a used SE-30 for 3K. (I refer to it as the SE-x on account of it having the same processor as the Mac IIx). I sorta dropped of the bandwagon during the Centris/Quadra/Performa years. I jumped back on at the debut of OSX public beta. Once again, fell off the bandwagon after Snow Leopard and the Apple's obsession with thinness. The Mac Pro piqued my interest but the 5K price tag (and anemic graphics card) was a put off.
    Out of the rat race now. I'm using a home built tri-boot (XP for old games / Win7 for work related stuff / Ubuntu for free stuff) machine at home and a Win7 machine at work.
  6. RichardMZhlubb macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2010
    Washington, DC
    I first used a Mac during my senior year of college (1984-85), when my computer science professor (Harry Lewis) got the school to buy a room full of original Macs. I learned to programs (in Pascal) on it.

    I didn’t own one, however, until I bought a Mac IIsi in 1990. (I had an Apple IIc for the interim period.)
  7. kohlson macrumors 65816

    Apr 23, 2010
    First Mac that I purchased was an SE/30. I think even with a developer's discount it was just shy of $4K. I had been working with Macs at work before that.

    But before that I was putting together an IBM PC in the early 80s. Co-founded a local PC club. Been working with Macs and Windows ever since. But Mac is preferred.
  8. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I used my first at school in 1994. I played around with DOS/Windows-based emulation in the late 90s and finally bought an iBook in 2003. It's been my primary OS ever since.
  9. toneofark macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2017
    I've been a Mac user since the debut of THIS guy......
  10. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    1990 or so. My first one was the Mac Classic with System 6.0.7:

  11. decafjava macrumors 68020


    Feb 7, 2011
    Since January of this year, although I have worked with Macs on and off in various capacities over the years. Friends who have Macs for example, and a few years ago took an introductory photoshop course given on iMacs.
  12. artfossil macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2015
    the Great Plains
    Since 1984. Had this guy--and an ImageWriter printer!

    My daughters and I played the Infocom games. I still love Zork. They also typed out (and memorized) the entire script to the Breakfast Club.
  13. jdclifford macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2011
    I purchased the original Mac in April 1984 (still have it stored away). Have owned most of apple products since then.
  14. 960design macrumors 68020

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    I switched the moment the Original iPhone came out. I've been moving away from Windows for a while, running local linux distros and really enjoying Solaris. When I found out MacOS was Unix based, I was hooked.

    So a little over 10 years now. Wow! Time flies.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 4, 2017 ---
    I fondly remember being quite jealous of a friend that had one of these at college, while I was rocking the 386DX2.
  15. irj macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2007
    First Mac was an SE/30, have never owned a PC of any kind. First Apple computer was an Apple IIe I think. When I was in college I bought a LaserWriter for, I think, $2000. Wow. Wish I had bought Apple stock with that money instead. Have owned at least 15 macs since then. Generally, I keep each one 3-6 years and when I sell them they still have decent value.
  16. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Since the floppy shuffle days. You need the OS floppy now? Ok! Oh, now you want the application and data floppy, ok I'll switch back. The OS floppy again? You serious? You had it in you a second ago. Alright.... WHAT?!? You need the app and data floppy now again??

    A hard-disk less Mac Plus was not a happy experience... But a computer with a GUI was mind-blowing back then. An LC was my first Mac, I was actually disappointed when I found out it had stopped working a few years back. Thought it would go on for ever.
  17. unsharptooth macrumors newbie


    Nov 19, 2017
    Only since early last month. On a used MBP 15" late 2013.
  18. ImBuz macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2014
    My first was an Apple Lisa--1982--took about 5 minutes for the external hard drive to spin up--you typed and waited for the screen to catch up--fun days.
  19. millerj123 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2008
    1995. PowerBook 5300. Came with 8 MB RAM, and 16 glorious shades of grey.
  20. vertical smile macrumors 68020

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    1994 or 95 I think. I was in my mid teens.

    My parents purchased my family's first home computer, and it was a Mac.

    I was upset when I found out it was an Apple, and not something with windows. Shortly after using it, I fell in love.
  21. jbg95 macrumors member


    Feb 6, 2010
    Apple ][+ in 1980, Apple ][GS Woz edition, NeXTStation Color, NeXT Cube when I got to NeXT, PowerBook 500 (got it as an Apple Employee after the Apple/NeXT merger so I guess this was my first "Mac"), then a string of iMac, Mac Pro's MacBook Pro's up to and including my 2017 MacBook Pro. Well over a dozen over the years I'm sure.
  22. Kcetech1 macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2016
    Alberta Canada
    December 24th 1984 :) model # M0001W, th old Macintosh 512K. Did have an Apple 2 before that but its not a Mac ;)
  23. smirking macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    I've been ever since the Apple Centris 610 back sometime around 1995 or so. I bought it fairly cheaply second hand off of a classifieds ad that I read online over a Usenet forum. This was back in the day when some of us would be trusting enough that if you read something online, you didn't question that the other person would follow through. I just sent the money to someone I didn't know in New Hampshire and the computer showed up a week later. Those were some pretty amazing times.
  24. cwosigns macrumors 65832


    Jul 8, 2008
    1999 or so.

    1. Indigo iMac
    2. Titanium PowerBook
    3. 12" PowerBook
    4. 12" PowerBook
    5. iMac G5
    6. 13" MacBook (white)
    7. 13" MacBook (black)
    8. 11" MacBook Air 2011
    9. 11" MacBook Air 2012
    10. 12" MacBook 2015
    11. 12" MacBook 2016 (current)
  25. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    In the fall of 2005 I bought my first iMac, the G5, Rev B.....and have been hooked on Apple products ever since. I loved that G5 iMac, it was a real gateway for me to new and better things as they came down the road. I didn't wait too long to jump into the new world of the Intel platform on Macs once the dust had settled a little bit; I sold my still fairly-new and pristine Powerbook to a work colleague and bought my first Intel machine, the first Macbook Pro, and loved it. Not long after I'd bought that G5 iMac, an iPod came into the household, too. In 2007, the first-generation iPhone. In 2010 I once again was standing in line to grab the first-generation iPad, too. What can I say, I just love Apple products!

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