What is the first of your first Mac you owned?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by princealfie, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. princealfie macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2006
    Salt Lake City UT
    What was it like to get your first Mac in your life? Mine was a tangerine iBook 300mhz that was given to me by a friend back in Philadelphia when he upgraded to a Powerbook G4 15" back in 2003. Stories would be great! :apple:
  2. Dizzler macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2009
    My first Mac

    My first Mac was the IIcx, the first Mac with a separate color CRT. It was a beauty and it had a huge hard drive at 100MB. I wondered at the time how I would ever fill it up!
  3. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    An iBook G4 for me. Wonderful computer --- it's still in good working order today.

    iBook G4 > Macbook CD > Macbook C2D > Aluminium Macbook > Macbook Pro 15" > Macbook Pro 13"
  4. RCGMac macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2007
    My first Mac was a PowerBook 3400c I bought from eBay for $100 in late 2000. From then the old Mac bug bit me, mostly because I was a poor high-school student. Soon afterwards I bought a PowerMac 7300 from eBay.

    In college, my freshman year (2002-2003) I owned a PowerMac G3 all-in-one. Holy crap that thing was a boat weighing in at 60 lbs. :eek: , but it worked like a charm. I finally got rid of the AIO in 2003 and got a Pismo which I used until I bought my MacBook in 2007. Man I loved that Pismo, it was my favorite computer until my current iMac 21.5".

    Looking back man I spent a lot of money on eBay buying old Macs. :D I kinda wish I still had some of them.
  5. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I'm actually a pretty freshman in Mac world as the iMac in my sig is my first Mac. I got tired of Vista and its issues plus some of my friends had Macs and recommended them. I also found OS X being very nice. I haven't regretted the switch though Windows 7 is VERY nice. If I could choose now, I would probably build a PC for heavier stuff and get a MacBook with SSD for other stuff
  6. That-Is-Bull macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2007
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    The Bondi Blue iMac, the first iMac that came out. Still have it in the closet with its hockey puck mouse and keyboard. I plan to turn it into a fish tank one of these days.

  7. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    My first Mac is the one that I'm using now. It was really exciting buying it. I wish that I had made the switch earlier. After two years I now couldn't imagine going back, it would certainly take a lot to make me do that.
  8. NStocks macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2008
    First release of the Unibody line. I had the 15" Macbook Pro. After 14 months of looking into OS X and reviews etc. I finally purchased it. I will never go back on a PC (unless I use bootcamp to use windows!)

    OS X means you can work so much efficiently and have a better UI to do so, but it's much more than eye candy... "It just works"
  9. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    my first mac was the original Macintosh Plus. Man what a sweet computer... good old days with Carmen Sandiego and Oregon trail.. then got a performa and thought color on the mac was amazing... went awhile before getting an eMac and then in 2007 the first alum iMac and now using a MBP...

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. nxent macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2004
    my very first was a mac classic hand me down, 8 Mhz 68k processor, 40Mb harddrive. then after that came the performa, clocking in at a whopping 75mhz and sporting a 800 Mb harddrive. i think that mac is still running somewhere... then, years later came the white ibook g3 @500 Mhz, next was the powerbook g4 at 1.25Ghz, then the dual 1.8Ghz G5, and now the dual 2.5Ghz macbook pro. as far as i know, all are still working
  11. lstone19 macrumors member

    May 3, 2010
    First was a Mac Plus. Over time, I upgraded it from the stock 1MB of memory to its 4MB maximum. After first buying a 20MB SCSI external drive for it, I eventually upgraded to a 100MB drive for only about $700 in early-90s dollars. I still turn it on occasionally.

    Next came a first generation PPC machine - the 6100 in the "pizza box" enclosure. I remember over time upgrading its stock 240MB hard drive to a 1GB and then a 4.5GB drive. Who could ever need more than that? :)

    A PowerBook 1400 came next for travel. Then a G4 Tower (Sawtooth), a G3 iBook, a "half-dome" G4 iMac, and then a G4 iBook. Finally, consolidated desktop and laptop on a mid-2007 MacBook Pro with external display when in desktop mode. The G4 iMac soldiers on as our household server (probably to be replaced by a new iMac this summer) and the G4 iBook is used by my son. The G4 Tower sits ready to go should something happen to the G4 iMac to meet our server needs.
  12. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I had a couple of second-hand 68K machines at one point (an LC III and a Colour Classic) but I don't consider them to be "real" machines because they were certainly outdated by the time I get them.

    I bought an iBook (the one in the third column) online in early 2003, and it actually arrived on Valentine's Day :eek:, and that's the machine that I consider to be my first proper Mac.

    I'm on my fifth Mac since then, a MacBook Pro (middle column).
  13. js81 macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    I started my conversion by using a Mac as second machine... (Oh, and BTW, until my current MBP, all my machines were used purchases off of eBay. This MBP is my FIRST NEW MAC. :))

    #1 - My first was in 2001; a used PowerMac 6400 - 200MHz 603e, 16MB of RAM, 2GB hard drive, and OS 8.5. I was a graphic design student and, even though my school was PC-only, I knew that if I wanted a job I'd need to know how to use a Mac. I have to admit, that first one didn't really get me that much. But I knew it was old and not a good example, so I bought my second Mac...

    #2 - PowerMac G4 B&W - 300MHz, 256MB RAM, 40GB hard drive, and OS 9 & 10.2. This was my first Mac that I began to use a bit more than my PC. Still slow in OS X, though, so I sold it and bought...

    #3 - PowerMac G4 Gigabit Ethernet - Dual 500MHz G4s, 1GB RAM, 2x 80GB hard drive, and OS X 10.3. THIS was the machine that fully converted me. Even though my PC was much faster, I was always using the Dual G4. And then, one sad and rainy day, my good friend refused to turn on... and thus I learned Mac troubleshooting... :) But his days were numbered, and he died for good a few weeks later. It was a sad day indeed, but a good excuse to switch to the newly announced Intel processors!

    #3.5 - iMac G4 - Bought on a whim while I still had the G4 (but it was acting up), it was an 800MHz G4, 768MB RAM, 80GB HD, and OS X 10.3. I loved the looks of it, but the 800MHz G4 was just too slow... sold it within a month. :(

    #4 - Mac Mini Core Solo - Yes, I bought a Core Solo Mini... I found a good deal ($425 brand new!) and I later upgraded it to a 2.0GHz Core Duo. I used this machine for almost 3 years until I couldn't handle the GMA950 any more...

    #5 - iMac Core 2 Duo - 17" iMac, 2.0GHz Core 2, 3GB RAM, upgraded to 500GB hard drive, eventually upgraded to Snow Leopard. Sold only because I decided I'd rather have a laptop...

    #6 (and current) - 2010 13" Macbook Pro. Base model, but I've upgraded the hard drive to 640GB and I'm connected to a 24" LCD. I LOVE this setup. Got a couple more things I want (want an aluminum keyboard to replace my white one, and I want a Henge Dock to quickly connect and disconnect everything), but I love everything about it. That is, until the bug bites me again... ;)

    @princealfie: ** You said you wanted a story, so I gave you a story. :D
  14. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
    First one is the one in my sig and it won't be my last. Just got it less than a month ago on craigslist.

    Loving it!
  15. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I bought my first Mac, a Quadra 605, after my brother moved out and took his IIsi with him.

    The 605 had a whopping 25MHz processor, 160 MB hard drive, and a whole 8MB of RAM. I also had Apple's B/W SCSI OneScanner and 2x external CDROM drive, as well as a iomega Jaz cartridge drive. (I believe each Jaz cartridge held 1GB) Ahh... memories

    Since then there was a (often upgraded) PowerMac 6500, a 733MHz Quicksilver G4 (eventually upgraded to 1.3 GHz and still seeing some use by my Mom), a 14" iBook (still being used by my stepmother), a 17" CoreDuo MacBook Pro (the first 17" after the Intel switch, and still in use by one of my old employees), a MacPro 1,1, and most recently a 2009 Unibody 15" MBP (You can have my ExpressCard slot when you pry it from my cold dead fingers).

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane guys! :D
  16. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    First Mac in October 1988 was

    a MacII. 100 meg HD, can't remember if it was 2 or 4 megs of RAM.

    Never used a computer until then. In fact, I did not know even how to turn it on, never mind use the programs I needed.

    Between the MacII, a flatbed scanner, NEC monitor, and all the software I spent $12,000.00.
  17. Bratboy macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2010
    My first was a Mac LC II. Ages back.
    defected after that, but have since crossed back with the i7 MBP.... loving it and can't see myself ever going back to the other side again.
  18. Angra-mainju macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2009
    First Macbook Pro 13" :) hopefully I'm gonna keep it through the whole 4-years uni
  19. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Oregon Trail FTW! I remember playing that on an LC of some sort, I believe an LCIII, although sadly it was not mine. My first Mac is the aluminum MB that I am typing on now, I love it and will not be switching back
  20. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    Mac IIsi 20MHz 68030, 4MB Ram, 80MB HD, Apple 640x480 256 color Monitor. Paid about 6800 german Mark for it. Was about 3000-4000 dollar at the time I guess. It had OS 6.1.7 on it. It was a great machine for easy stuff but dog slow on heavvy graphics. Forget Video.

    After 4 years it died. Just wouldn't turn on anymore. Probably powersupply. It got replaced by a Powermac with 266 MHz. That was my favorite Mac because it was lightning fast at the time.
  21. jsm4182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2006
    Beacon, NY
    I first got interested in Macs in high school. I got my first job at a deli, saved up the whole summer and bought myself a 14" iBook G4. It died in college and I replaced it with a 15" Macbook Pro.
  22. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    Mine was a Mac SE/30 that I bought when I went to college. Before that, I used an Apple IIc at home (family computer) and the couple of Apple IIe's we had at high school.

    I used that trusty old SE/30 well into grad school before getting a 5300c laptop, then a Sawtooth G4 (still running!), a G4 TiBook, a 12" 1 GHz PowerBook, an iSight G5 iMac, a 15" MacBook Pro, and a 27" Core i7 iMac.
  23. 7thMac macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2010
    "What is the first of your first Mac you owned?"

    LOL. Hmm, I'm not sure what you meant to ask. What was it like? It was a good purchase decision (2006 Intel iMac) but sorry, I did not have a transcendent experience. It was only a computer.
  24. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    My first Mac was a second-hand Blue & White PowerMac G3. I also had a Windows ME machine at the time, and Mac OS 9 was a world of difference. I still have the old B&W around somewhere, I think my nephew is using it to mess around in linux.

    After that I got the original 15" Al PowerBook for college, later upgraded to the final model 15" Al PowerBook. I added a C2D Mac mini to test the waters after the Intel switch, then sold the PB and mini to buy a 15" Penryn MacBook Pro. Then I gave away my Windows desktop to my brother and bought another mini, which I used for a year and then sold to build a Core i5 Hackintosh a mere six weeks before the Core i-series iMacs were released. Maintaining the Hackintosh is proving to be more trouble than it's worth, so I'll be giving it to my brother as a gaming PC once the iMacs get a refresh. I also recently traded my MBP for the top model Air, and now I'm completely spoiled as far as laptops are concerned. This Air is just as capable as the Pro it replaced, and it's so small and light carry it everywhere. I'll never buy a big laptop again.
  25. davidcalvet macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2008
    2ond generation imac

    I don't remember the year ... may 97 or 98 ... I use ut a lot, and had a lot of fun with it.
    Then got a a ibook g3 dual USB
    then a ibook g4
    macbook white
    and two weeks ago a mbp 13.
    couldn't be happier with mac products.

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