20th Anniversary Macintosh - Rare and beautifulSee original listing
Oct 17, 2012 21:55:29 PDT
Myrtle Point, Oregon, United States
|Type:||Home Computer||Model:||Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh|
20th Anniversary Macintosh. A rare piece of Apple history. Designed by Jonathan Ive, who later designed the iMac and the iPod, and is largely responsible for Apple's current design aesthetic.
Computer is in good working condition; check out the photos! Comes in original packaging.
One known issue with the TAM was the shrinkage of the sheath of the main cable leading from the power supply/sub-woofer speaker unit to the computer. This frequently led to the exposure of the underlying steel braid inside the cable where it goes into the back of the computer. I found this really annoying, so I added a piece of shrink tubing there to fix it and prevent fraying of the steel braid.
The Twentieth Anniversary Mac (abbreviated to TAM by its followers) was announced at MacWorld Expo, San Francisco on January 7, 1997, with a release date of 20th March 1997 and a retail price of US$7,499.
The TAM's design deviated vastly from essentially all other personal computers of its day. Codenamed Spartacus (as well as Pomona, and Smoke and Mirrors) the TAM featured metallic green/gold paint, and was one of the first desktop based computers to use an LCD display, in an enclosure only 2.5" deep. Although its logic board was one of the only unique internal components, the exterior was designed to represent a state-of-the-art futuristic vision of where personal computing could go.
The TAM features a 250 MHz PowerPC 603e processor and 12.1" active matrix LCD powered by an ATI 3D Rage II video chipset with 2MB of VRAM capable of displaying up to 16bit color at 800x600 or 640x480 pixels. It had vertically mounted 4x SCSI CD-ROM and Apple floppy Superdrives, a 2GB ATA hard drive, a TV/FM tuner, an S-Video card, and a custom-made Bose sound system including 2 "Jewel" speakers and a subwoofer built into the externally located power supply "base unit".
The TAM came with a unique 75 key ADB keyboard which featured leather palm-rests and a trackpad instead of a mouse. The trackpad could be detached from the keyboard if desired, with a small leather insert found underneath the keyboard ready to fill the gap. When not required, the keyboard could slide under the TAM's head unit, leaving the trackpad exposed for continued access. The TAM also came with a remote control (standard with the Apple TV/FM Tuner card), but also featured buttons on the front panel that could control sound levels, CD playback, brightness, contrast, and TV mode. The pre-installed operating system was a specialised version of Mac OS 7.6.1 (requiring the TAM's special CD for installation), but this could be upgraded as far as Mac OS 9.1.
Expandability is possible via a tight-fitting 7 inch PCI slot and Apple Communication slot II for the addition of Ethernet. Later G3 upgrade options offered by Sonnet and NewerTechnologies made use of the TAM's Level II Cache slot, which allow the computer to reach speeds of up to 500 MHz. All of these options come at the price of the TAM's slim profile. The back panel must be removed, and replaced with an (included) "hunchback" cover that adds several inches to the depth of the machine.
One last unique feature of the TAM is a special startup chime used only by the TAM, and which arguably also only sounds "right" when played by a TAM.
Apple manufactured 12,000 TAMs, with a release run of 11,601. The remaining 399 were kept by Apple for use as spare parts.
The TAM was only released in 5 countries: USA, Japan, France, Germany, and the UK.
Ten TAMs were sent to Apple Australia. At least two of these were given away as prizes to the public and one went on display in Apple's Sydney HQ; the remainder kept for use by Apple Australia executives.
On Oct-14-12 at 20:06:11 PDT, seller added the following information:
On Oct-16-12 at 14:20:11 PDT, seller added the following information:
For those who are wondering about the original packaging: I will go to storage later this afternoon and will update the listing with the information about what original boxes I have and add photo's.
On Oct-16-12 at 20:38:06 PDT, seller added the following information:
NOTE: Unfortunately the original shipping box has been lost. I do still have the original accessory box as shown in the photo's.