January 24th 1984: First Mac goes on sale

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The first Apple Macintosh

 

On this day in 1984, the first Apple Macintosh PC went on sale. It was introduced by Steve Jobs, and was the first commercially successful PC with a mouse and interactive, graphical interface. The first Macintosh had a 128KB memory. The computer went on sale for $2,495 and sold well, reaching 70,000 on May 3rd 1984. It was first introduced by the famous ‘1984’ advert by Ridley Scott, which aired on January 22nd.

 

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Steve Jobs’s signature engraved in the case of the first Macintosh

 

Apple’s influence and sales decreased in the 1990s, as the PC market became dominated by Microsoft. However, Apple saw a resurgence with the 1998 iMac and the 2001 iPod. Apple now dominate the digital music business, with their wide range of iPods and the iPhone, and the iMac model continues.

 

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The current Macintosh

The first Macintosh was released 30 years ago today and Apple remains a dominant force in the technology industry. Whilst Steve Jobs died three years ago, his legacy lives on in the continued success of his company. The iPhone in particular has revolutionised mobile phone technology and ushered in the age of smartphones; they have become a staple piece of technology. 

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