Apple Marks Mac's 30th Anniversary as Observers Look to the Future
Thirty years ago Jan. 24, Steve Jobs, in a black suit and green bow tie, introduced Apple's first Macintosh. The rest is history.Apple is celebrating the day 30 years ago that the first Macintosh said hello to the world. "It was approachable and friendly, starting with the smiley face that greeted you," Apple wrote on its site, to celebrate the anniversary. "There were folders that looked like file folders and a trash can for throwing things away. And with the click of a mouse, you could suddenly do the unimaginable. You could move things around on the screen, change the way they looked, combine words with images and sounds, and create like never before." The Macintosh put the innovations of Apple's Lisa personal computer—which had a mouse and was the first personal computer with a graphical user interface (GUI), or more plainly, a screen that showed icons and images and not just text—and put them into a smaller box than most desktop computers of the day with a price tag of $2,495. "Macintosh has four-voice sound and speech built-in," Steve Jobs, dressed in a black suit and green bow tie, slowly told his audience at the launch event, so the reality of those details might fully sink in.
"It communicates with you on a high-definition, super-crisp, bit-map, 9-inch black and white screen," Jobs continued, "which has over twice the number of dots on its screen of any current-generation personal computer. You have to see this display to believe it. It's incredible."