Steve Jobs: The Life And Legacy Of An Innovator


The Macintosh

Jobs took what he learned from the Lisas and in 1984 released the Macintosh. (Wosniak was away from the company from 1981 to 1983 recovering from a private plane crash.) The Macintosh was an all-in-one desktop computer that featured a graphical interface and a mouse. It sported a Motorola 6800 processor and originally had 128K of RAM, upgraded promptly to 512K. The 9-inch monochrome screen displayed a resolution of 512x342 pixels. Goodbye text based computing: No longer did users type words into a command field to get the computer to do something -- the Mac had the first successful implementation of a GUI.

The Macintosh was announced in a $1.5 million commercial directed by Ridley Scott, which aired during Super Bowl XVIII in January 1984.