Author:  James Gall
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6/23/16  10:33 AM

The Macintosh 128k, released in 1984, was the first computer to successfully integrate a graphic user interface. Developers created what’s called a “desktop metaphor” in which the computer monitor mimiced the user’s physical desk. The GUI was successful because the 128k was introduced in an era where many people had never seen, used, or interacted with a computer before. This “desktop metaphor” created a more seamless transition from the analog to the digital realm.