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A Brief History of the Apple Mac Computer

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Home & Design Editor
Updated: 29 March 2017
In this collaborative series with London’s Design Museum, senior curator Alex Newson selects treasured design icons from the institution’s permanent collection: Designer, Maker, UserIn this video, he unveils the history behind the iconic Apple Macintosh.

Newson explains in this exclusive video how Apple has revolutionised the computing world with its unique product design, transforming the computer from a working tool into something that became a part of everyday domestic life.

The Macintosh was one of Apple’s first mass-market personal computers, which since 1998 has become known simply as ‘Mac’ – it was especially innovative due to its graphical user interface (GUI), which included icons, menus and windows at the click of a button, turning it suddenly into a much more user-friendly product.

Watch the video above to see the full story and discover the history of other design icons in the series, including Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60, Alessi’s Juicy Salif citrus squeezer, the Anglepoise lamp, Thonet’s Bistro chair and Braun’s SK4 radio-phonograph.