Yesterday, January 24th, it was 40 years ago that Apple boss Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh, the first successful mass-produced computer with a graphical user interface. On this occasion, the MacRumors resource showed an original press release about the release of the legendary system.
With the release of the original Macintosh, the mouse, a device that controlled the pointer on the screen, became a popular means of controlling a computer. This method of computer navigation was a real breakthrough at the time: PCs of the time usually had a text-based command line interface, and input was made using the keyboard.
That’s what it says in Press release Apple from 1984: “Users tell the Macintosh what to do by simply moving the “mouse,” a small pointing device, to select functions listed in menus and graphical icons on the screen. Users no longer have to remember numerous and confusing keyboard shortcuts [для] ordinary computers. The result is radical usability and a significant reduction in training time. At its core, the Macintosh is a desktop computer that offers users greater functionality and creativity with simple simplicity.”.
Apple added at the time that training on the Macintosh only took a few hours. The computer featured a desktop with icons, offered drop-down menus, copy and paste functionality, and allowed multiple programs to be run in Windows.
“The Macintosh fits easily on your desk, both in terms of operation and physical design. It takes up about as much space on the table as a sheet of paper. With the Macintosh, the computer encourages spontaneity and originality rather than creating barriers. It opens a new perspective on ideas and relationships. Macintosh not only increases productivity, but also encourages creativity.”“Said Steve Jobs at the time.
The original Macintosh started at $2,495, which is more than $7,000 today. The processor had a clock frequency of 8 MHz, the RAM capacity was 128 KB, a 400 KB floppy drive was used for data storage, and there were serial ports for connecting a printer and other peripheral devices.
You can read more about old Apple desktop computers in our material “The History of Apple in Computers: From the Apple I to the Latest Mac Studio”.