Apple Macintosh 27 Years Old Today

Apple launched its first Macintosh computer 27 years ago today.

Steve Jobs introduced the Apple Macintosh on January 24, 1984, in the first Mac Keynote speech.

The Macintosh was the first affordable computer to include a Graphical User Interface. Powered by a Motorola MC68000 with 128k memory a keyboard and mouse it had a floppy drive that took 400 kB 3.5″ disks, OS 1.0 and two pieces of application software MacWrite and MacPaint.

The Macintosh was announced earlier, with the now famous 1984 Ridley Scott produced Super Bowl commercial.

The Macintosh project started in the late 1970s with Jef Raskin, an Apple employee, who envisioned an easy-to-use, low-cost computer for the average consumer. He wanted to name the computer after his favorite type of apple, the McIntosh, but the name had to be changed for legal reasons.

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