Apple celebrates 30 years of the Macintosh, from the 1984 original Mac, that revolutionised modern PCs. When other computers were focused on monochrome text-only DOS interfaces, Apple decided to be different, to have a truly point-and-click system.
The one that started it all — the original Macintosh — wasn’t just a computer. It was a declaration that the power of the computer now belonged to everyone. At the time, most people didn’t even know how to use one. But thanks to the simple graphical interface of the Macintosh, they didn’t have to. It was approachable and friendly, starting with the smiley face that greeted you. 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. A new era had begun.
You can go to Apple's dedicated birthday page for more interactive goodness.