The original Apple Macintosh (later named the Macintosh 128) was released on January 24th 1984, as described in the Apple commercial broadcasted at the Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984, directed by Ridley Scott. The commercial ends with the words “1984 won’t be like 1984”, to suggest that this was a new paradigm shift in the way computers were to be used via a GUI (Graphical User Interface) using a mouse and icons. The machine was responsible for the DTP (Desktop Publishing) revolution.
The Mac 128 featured an integrated 9″ CRT display, giving the system a very elegant and contemporary look for the time, with a handle at the top of the case, so that the machine could be picked up and carried around easily.
The Motorola 68000 CPU gave good computing power at the time of 1984 running at just under 8 mhz, together with 128 kb of RAM.