In January 1984, Apple introduced what we can now consider macOS 1.0 in today’s nomenclature, that is, the first operating system on its computers: the Macintosh System 1.0.
Packed with advanced features for the time, such as a calculator, notepad, alarm clock, and – who knew – a mini-puzzle game, the 1984 Macintosh System 1.0 was the beginning of a long, arduous, and very successful road. in the field of computing and technology for an audacious company called Apple Computer until then.
Almost forty years after the release of Macintosh System 1.0, some similarities can still be easily found when emulating the primitive first operating system version on a modern-day Mac.
Follow the tutorial below carefully to find out how to emulate the first version of macOS on a current Mac, and enjoy exploring the primitive Macintosh System 1.0 from 1984:
Step 1: click this Google Drive link to download the Macintosh System 1.0 zipped file.
Step 2: open your Mac’s Finder Downloads folder and, with the zipped file downloaded, click on it to open and unzip it.
Step 3: with the file unzipped, click to run the “Mini vMac” application.
Step 4: in the security window that will open on your Mac, confirm that you want to run it.
Step 5: the Macintosh System 1.0 emulator program will run on your Mac.
Step 6: go back to the Finder folder and drag the “vmac.rom” file into the emulator. Before doing this, consider turning down the volume on your machine, especially if you are using headphones.
Step 7: release the click when the “vmac.rom” file is inside the emulator.
Step 8: when you drop the file into the emulator, you’ll hear a loud, high-pitched sound – hence the suggestion to turn down your machine’s volume in Step 6.
Step 9: with the “.rom” file open in the emulator, now go to the menu bar and click on File > Open Disk Image.
Step 10: go into the unzipped file folder and select the file with the ending “.image”, which is the “Macintosh System Software 1.0 (Apple Computer, Inc.) file .image”.
Step 11: ready, the program will emulate the Macintosh System 1.0 operating system version, from 1984.
Step 12: in the emulator window, go to the apple icon and click “About the Finder”.
Step 13: the window will open with the original information regarding the operating system at the time.
Step 14: click on the apple icon to browse through the various features present, all very simple, of course, from Apple’s first operating system.
Step 15: in addition to primitive versions of an alarm clock, a calculator, a notepad, among other features, you can also open what would be the “Control Center” of the time, called the “Control Panel”.
Step 16: to crown your experience with Apple’s first operating system, you can even entertain yourself with a game. Go to the apple icon , click on “Puzzle” and a very simple puzzle minigame window will open in the emulator. Have fun exploring the 1984 Macintosh System 1.0!
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