30 Years Ago Today, Apple Unveiled the Macintosh

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MleB

So, 30 years today, Apple released the Macintosh computer - $2500, 128 kb of memory and a 9" black and white screen in a little beige box.

While Apple may have introduced the graphical interface and mouse (both actually created by XEROX) to the general public and de-geeked the use of computers with the Macintosh, I maintain it's the widespread release and acceptance of the internet about a decade later that actually 'saved' the personal computer.
Had that not come about, the actual value of a device that was a word processor, limited graphics designer and 'Leisure Suit Larry' player would most certainly have been questioned.
And most certainly, the sheer existence now of the iPhone and iPad would have to be questioned.

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