Thirty Years Later, the Influence of the Macintosh Can Still Be Felt

These features made this PC a game changer

Famously introduced by a Super Bowl TV ad directed by Ridley Scott, the first Macintosh went on sale in January 1984. Drawing on development efforts for the Xerox Alto and Apple’s own ill-fated Lisa computer, the Macintosh offered the first commercially successful graphical user interface. But that’s not the only innovation packed into the case.

This article originally appeared in print as “30 Years of the Mac.”

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