Exactly 40 years ago, on January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs, dressed in a black double-breasted jacket and gray bow tie, took the stage at De Anza College in Cupertino to introduce the Macintosh to the public. The first mass-produced computer with a graphical user interface and mouse, the Apple Macintosh, later called the Macintosh 128K, set the course for personal computing forever.

The all-in-one system had a Motorola 68000 @ 7.8336 MHz processor (effective frequency of 6 MHz), 128 KB of memory, and a 3-inch floppy disk drive; the PC did not have a hard disk. The built-in 9-inch monochrome display had a resolution of 512×342 pixels. The weight of the Apple Macintosh was 7.5 kg, which meant that it was theoretically portable; there were even special bags for carrying this PC.

Apple Macintosh is 40 years old!

The initial cost of the Apple Macintosh was $2 495 (now it’s more than $7 000!). In 3 months, Apple sold 70 thousand Macintosh, and at the time, these were very good numbers. The Macintosh ran System Software 1.0, which launched the macOS family of operating systems.

Apple Macintosh 40 років

As a reminder, Steve Jobs “borrowed” the concept of a windowed graphical interface and mouse control from the Xerox Alto computer developed at the Xerox PARC research center in the late 1970s.