But this was also true if you put a 15 year old -- or a 10 year old -- in front of a 1987 Macintosh.
Given the unlikely chance that his family could afford one ---
In October 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh 512K, with quadruple the memory of the original, at a price of US $3,195.
$7,338, adjusted for inflation.
Apple released the Macintosh Plus on January 10, 1986, for a price of US$ 2,600.
$5,661, adjusted for inflation.
It offered one megabyte of RAM, easily expandable to four megabytes by the use of socketed RAM boards. It also featured a SCSI parallel interface, allowing up to seven peripherals---such as hard drives and scanners---to be attached to the machine. Its floppy drive was increased to an 800 kB capacity. The Mac Plus was an immediate success and remained in production, unchanged, until October 15, 1990; on sale for just over four years and ten months, it was the longest-lived Macintosh in Apple's history.
In September 1986, Apple introduced the Macintosh Programmer's Workshop, or MPW, an application that allowed software developers to create software for Macintosh on Macintosh, rather than cross compiling from a Lisa.
This is another way of saying that the barriers to entry for an MS-DOS developer were low.
In August 1987, Apple unveiled HyperCard and MultiFinder, which added cooperative multitasking to the Macintosh. Apple began bundling both with every Macintosh.
Updated Motorola CPUs made a faster machine possible, and in 1987 Apple took advantage of the new Motorola technology and introduced the Macintosh II at $5500, powered by a 16 MHz Motorola 68020 processor.
$11,554. adjusted for inflation.
The primary improvement in the Macintosh II was Color QuickDraw in ROM, a color version of the graphics language which was the heart of the machine.
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To understand the significance of Windows 95, you only have to sense the emotions inspired by the rediscovery of the videos which shipped with Win 95. Edie Brickell - Good Times
This was not Charlie Chaplin. This was not "1984."
But, for hundreds of millions of quite ordinary people, this was their introduction to multimedia, the PC and the Internet.