About AVintage


AVintage is the acronym for Apple Vintage. First and above all, it’s a hobby: I collect old Apple (and) Macintosh computers. I grew up with these machines and Apple products always fascinated me. They are cool, well conceived, and they function!!​​​​

In the era of digitalisation it is quite fascinating to consider the last thirty years and to realize how this stuff has developed. AVintage is also a little bit of history: the history of personal computers or at least those of a specific brand that counts millions of passionate users and that still influences on its way today’s digitalized world.


About my computers

  • Whenever necessary, they are retro-brighted*, restored, completed, tested, carefully maintained and lovingly stored.

  •  Whenever possible, their hard disks are partitioned** into the number of systems a specific computer supports. This means that the computer can boot into different systems. For instance an iMac G3 Bondi Blue (commercialized from May 1998 to January 1999) has 6 partitions, on which Mac OS 8, 9, 10.0,  10.1, 10.2 and 10.3 are installed. An iMac G3 Flower Power (February - July 2001) has also 6 partitions (Mac OS 9, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 and 10.4). An iMac G4 Early 2003 (February - September 2003) has 3 partitions (Mac OS 10.2, 10.3 and 10.4) whereas an iMac G5 Ambiant Light Sensor (May - October 2005) has 2 partitions with Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5.

  • The systems are usually installed in English (other languages if desired).

  • Desktops run with appropriate screen, keyboard and mouse (and power cable of course :-). Notebooks come along with power cable and normally a battery (though it must admitted that its lifetime is over).

* Retro-brighting: with the years and the UV-rays exposure, the cases of the first Macintosh tend to become yellowish. With a special (but cumbersome) technique it is possible to give them back their original color.
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** Possible for computers that can run on Mac OS X (Unix-based).