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Apple Macintosh

the first mass-market computer with a graphical user interface, the Macintosh was introduced in 1984. Its operating system is known as Mac OS. Many of the original concepts behind its user interface were adapted from work done at Xerox on the Alto and Star machines and SmallTalk and first incorporated in Apple’s Lisa a few years before the Mac. The 1984 Macintosh was tremendously innovative in its industrial design, its establishment of user interface standards to apply broadly across applications, and its refinement of user interface widgets into extremely easy-to-use components.