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The first Mac, Apple’s ‘all-in-one’, turns 40

The Macintosh 128K was not the first computer that Apple developed, but it was the one that changed the way consumers understood this type of device for personal use, with its easy-to-use ‘all-in-one’ proposal, which went on sale on January 24, 1984.

The first Apple computers (known as Apple I, Apple II and Apple III) began to reach the market between 1976 and 1980, but it was already in the 1980s when the technology company revolutionized the field of personal computers with the appearance of Macintosh 128K.

This computer used a WIMP interface (with windows, icons, and a mouse pointer), but stood out for its ease of use, its emphasis on personal creativity, and the idea that there was something better about computers than green text on black screens.

Macintosh 128K, better known as being Apple’s first computer with the Mac nomenclature, is an ‘all-in-one’ personal computer, a proposal that combines the screen and the components that allow processing in the same computer, and that the technology company It continues to currently offer its line of desktop computers.

Specifically, this computer is equipped with a Motorola 68000 CPU, 128 KB of RAM and a 512 x 342 pixel screen, and ran the Mac OS 1.0 operating system, which promised a simple way to operate the computer.

Before him, in 1983, the company launched another computer, Apple Lisa, also an all-in-one but more focused on a business audience. Despite not being commercially successful (it sold 10,000 units), it included advances that were later included in the Macintosh 128K, such as a graphical user interface, a mouse as a peripheral accessory and 10MB internal memory.

Although the Macintosh 128K went on sale on January 24, 1984, with a price of $2,500, although it had been presented a few months earlier and its arrival on the market was preceded by an advertisement broadcast at Super Bowl XVIII, on January 22, January, directed by Ridley Scott.

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