3. #ThrowbackThursday: In March 1990, Apple introduced the Macintosh IIfx. It was the fastest, most powerful Mac of its day; its reign lasted two years before it was dethroned by the Quadra. The base configuration was $9,000. In 2019 dollars, that’s $17,930. At the top end, it was around $12,000 in 1990, or $23,908 today.
Internet people were flipping out this week about the fact that one can spec out the new Mac Pro to over $50,000, as though its an indication that Apple has lost its mind. Well, a reasonably specced 2019 Mac Pro, with a Pro Display XDR, costs about the same as the top-end Mac did in 1990, and it’s just a wee bit better of a computer (and screen), wouldn’t you say? The original Mac launched at about the same price as the base 2019 Mac Pro! Here are more favorable price comparisons with classic Macs. And have you tried maxing out a Dell tower workstation lately? $176.280.20. So take a chill pill, everybody. If a Mac Pro is too expensive for you, try one of Apple’s many other powerful computers. — @JSNELL