March 20, 1997: Anniversary Mac Introduced
The traditional gift for a twentieth anniversary is china. There were no plates, cups or saucers when the Mac turned twenty. Instead, Apple treated Mac fans to the wildly expensive Mac 20th Anniversary Edition.
The special Mac (only 12,000 were made) featured a lot of firsts for Apple. It was the first desktop with a flat screen, the first desktop power PC departure from the beige box paradigm, first vertical CD drive, and the only desktop Mac to feature an integrated track pad.
Since only 12,000 of the machines were made and since they cost a whopping $7,499, most folks never saw one in person. Fortunately, a great many people got an eyeball full of the Anniversary Mac when they watched the hit series Seinfeld. Break out the champagne because the Twentieth Anniversary Mac was introduced March 20, in 1997.