July 1985: Commodore releases the Amiga 1000

The Amiga 1000 was launched on July 23, 1985. Commodore Brought the Amiga to the public eye in a star-studded gala featuring Andy Warhol and Debbie Harry at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The Amiga 1000 had a number of major advantages over its competitors the Apple Mac or IBM-PC, including a broad color palette, impressive animation capabilities, and its ability to multitask. Commodore’s first Amiga Home Computer was launched for $1295 ($3,100 in 2021). The system shipped under the sole name ‘Amiga’ at first, but Commodore rechristened the computer the ‘Amiga 1000’ after the launch of the very successful Amiga 500 in 1987.

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