An ancestor to the iMac, the original 1984 version of the Macintosh was, like many computers of its day, a combination of desktop chassis and monitor, built into a single package. What set the Macintosh apart was its groundbreaking graphical user interface (some of us are old enough to remember having to use a command-line interface) and mouse--both of which were untested ideas at the time.
Of course, it's impossible to say for sure just how much the famous Ridley Scott's "1984" television commercial helped the first Mac. It's one of the most-cited advertisements of all time, but it only ran once on national TV.
October 6, 2011 8:38 AM PDT
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| Caption by: David Carnoy, Dan Ackerman
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