Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh

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The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh
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The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh

The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (also known simply as the TAM) was released in May 1997 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Apple Computer, although it came about a year after the anniversary.

Initially costing almost $10,000, the TAM used the motherboard from the Power Macintosh 5500 and a trackpad from the PowerBook 3400. The $10,000 price tag also included delivery by a limousine and installation by a man wearing a tuxedo. This perk was later dropped due to slow sales. The price was dropped several times to encourage sales and when it was discontinued in March 1998, it cost just $1,999. Today, a TAM is worth over $500 and is still a popular collector's item.

The TAM featured a small keyboard which lacked a numeric keyboard but did include a built-in trackpad (which could be removed from the keyboard) and Italian leather palm rests. It also included a custom sound system designed by Bose which contained the power supply to make the TAM thinner, lighter and smaller.

An unusual addition was the TAM's unique futuristic start-up chime.

Tech Specs

  • Processor: PPC 603ev - 250 MHz w/ 256 KB L2 cache
  • Bus Speed: 50 MHz
  • Display: 12" Active Matrix Display - 800x600
  • RAM: 2x 168-pin DIMM slots - 128 MB maximum
  • Graphics Card: ATI 3D Rage II - 2MB
  • Hard Drive: 2 GB ATA
  • Optical Drive: 4x CD-ROM (custom-made and vertically mounted)
  • Maximum OS: OS 9.1
  • Audio: Bose Acoustimass - Integrated stereo speakers and separate subwoofer unit
  • Power: Power supply contained within the subwoofer - 140W maximum
  • Tuners: TV tuner, FM radio tuner
  • Weight: 6.8kg/ 14.9 lbs
  • Size (TAM only): 43.8cm x 41.9 cm x 25.4cm/ 17.25" x 16.5" x 10"