When Did First Start Using Apple Computers?

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When Did you First Start Using Apple Computers?

  1. 1976 - 1982

    8 vote(s)
    8.9%
  2. 1983 - 1994

    30 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. 1994 - 1997

    9 vote(s)
    10.0%
  4. 1998 - 2002

    7 vote(s)
    7.8%
  5. 2003 - 2006

    14 vote(s)
    15.6%
  6. 2007 - 2009

    22 vote(s)
    24.4%
  1. Maserati7200 macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    When did you buy your first Apple computer/when did you first start using Apple computers? What was it? For those who don't know, the reason I didn't say 'Mac' is because Apple had computers before the Mac.
    The first time I used an Apple computer was in 2002, the 17 inch iMac G4.
    PLEASE VOTE IN THE POLL
     
  2. daflake macrumors 6502a

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  3. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Same here with the dual 5.25" drives... Oooh... Remember Alt+Open Apple+Reset or Alt+Closed Apple+Reset?
     
  4. n8mac macrumors 6502

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    Technically it was an AppleII as a kid in school playing Oregon Trail, but I don't count this as I was young and didn't even know what I was using at the time.

    What made me an :apple: user was one of the first PowerMacs in high school. I don't know the model name but it had 75mhz running system 7. I have been a Mac user since and bought my first comp, a 400mhz G3 iMac, in 1999. In fact it still runs OS 9 on my LAN :)
     
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  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I know people who had Apple II but I looked at it as a kind of toy the a "real computer". The first Apple I had was a "512K Mac" it was a floppy based all-iin-one wit the littel monochrome screen.

    I still have two of these, software and all. I also have the very first model Compaq (the "sewwing mmachine") and the first old 8-bit IBM PC. And some 32-bit SPARCs as well as a DEC "Alpha" powered computer. I keep them packed in boxes in the attic.
     
  7. gmanterry macrumors regular

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    Old Apple User

    I bought my first 'puter, an Apple II+ in 1980 for $1800.00. It had 48k of RAM and two floppy drives. It had a green monitor. Color monitors were really expensive.

    Terry
     
  8. zap2 macrumors 604

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    2004...late 2004(Dec 26th is the day I bought my first Mac)
     
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Late 80's early 90's for me. I was 10 years old.

    Macintosh SE
     
  10. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I started using macs in college, but never used them that much (obvious by me not knowing how to right click).

    I then realized that Windows simply cannot do the simplest of tasks that I needed it to do without installing third party apps (disk image support, transferring large amounts of data across a network without screwing up subfolders). The day that solidified it for me was when my windows vista machine showed 26 hours to transfer 120 gigs over USB!!! My eeePC (first gen) did it faster.

    I then sold my laptop, ordered a mac, and fell in love with it. Bye windows, I dont need you.
     
  11. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Don't let IBM read this. They swear that the original IBM PC was 16-bit even though it was 8-bit by the accepted definition at the time.
     
  12. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    my parents got an LC for the house complete with stylewriter printer and CD-rom (w/ caddy! :p)
     
  13. TheBonk macrumors 6502

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    Bought my first Mac in 2007. First used one in 3rd grade (1998). They were the Performa Macintoshes. Then the school replaced them with the new iMacs. Couldn't keep my hands off them. :D
     
  14. Queso macrumors G4

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    Mac LC in 1991. The computer lab at my Uni bought a whole bunch of them. There was a PC based lab in the room next door where people would queue up to use a Windows machine, just to fire up an XWindows session and log onto the HP-UX where everybody did their real work. In the meantime the Mac room was virtually empty despite having the exact same capability.

    After a while you just get comfortable with it, although I very nearly jumped ship in 1998 :eek:
     
  15. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    My first mac was an Intel Core Duo MacBook, in August 2006. My first Mac experience was an old Macintosh 128k, I think. Although that was some left over stuff in my friend's attic, they also had an iMac G3 we used to play around with.
     
  16. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    February 1985:

    128K Mac, keyboard, mouse
    External 400K diskette drive
    ImageWriter printer
    OS (Finder 1.1g)
    MacWrite and MacPaint

    All for approx $2,000, which despite the mythology, was the best computing deal available at the time.

    mt
     
  17. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    Apple ][ (might have been a ][+) in high school in 1982. First ones I owned were a 64K Franklin Ace (even the Apple ][+ had clones!) in 1984, and then a 128K Enhanced Apple //e in 1986. I briefly had a Mac LC III in 1994, but didn't move full-time to Macs until 2006.
     
  18. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

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    Used to repair them about 10 years ago (LCIII and LC425 mostly), and used similar at high school before that. Bought my first one about 6 months ago.
     
  19. splitpea macrumors 6502a

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    We had Apple IIs and original Macs in grade school in the mid 80's. Bought my first Mac in '02. Used them in school and then college every year between -- although I didn't like them at all in the second half of the 90's.
     
  20. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    The first two options, particularly 1983 - 1994, are some pretty large spans.

    Should someone who starting using a Apple III in 1983 really be lumped together with someone who was introduced to Apple with a PowerMac 7100 in 1994?
     
  21. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    July 2007.

    I was so impressed with my iPhone that a week after purchase, I went out and bought the $1999 MBP at BestBuy.
     
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  23. Maserati7200 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was thinking about that, but it was too late to edit the poll, oh well..
     
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