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Macintosh computer

The Macintosh, or Mac, is a series of several lines of personal computers, manufactured by Apple Inc. The first Macintosh was introduced on January 24, 1984, by Steve Jobs and it was the first commercially successful personal computer to feature two known, but still unpopular features—the mouse and the graphical user interface, rather than the command-line interface of its predecessors. (Read more)

Mac was a truly personal computer, ideal for the home as well as professional and educational environments. It was remarkable in that it had:

  • Graphical User Interface (GUI) that even kids could figure out.
  • Mouse/menu-based operating system that did not require memorizing commands and typing classical geek on the keyboard.
  • Bit-mapped screen allowing drawing any shape or picture on the screen and not just characters. (Read more)
A Macintosh 128K. The original photograph is from the All About Apple Museum. This is an image by Grm wnr that has been released into the GFD free license

“Insanely great” – Steve Jobs could hardly put into words his enthusiasm by the launch of the Macintosh. On the legendary annual general meeting of January 24th, 1984, in the Flint Center not far from the Apple Campus in Cupertino, the Apple co-founder initially quoted Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” in order to then polemicize against an imminent predominance of the young computer industry by IBM. (Read more)

To read about the beginning of Macintosh computers, see next page.

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