Apple’s Macintosh, the seminal device that helped usher in the age of personal computing as we know it today, turns 25 this week, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The original Macintosh combined a svelte form—by 1980s standards—with an accessible graphical interface, eschewing complex text commands for a visual operating system anyone could pick up and use.
Macs now hold 8% of the US market—no easy task in a world still dominated by Microsoft. "Apple redefined the computer beyond crunching ones and zeros. It made a technology lifestyle a reality," explains one analyst. "We had a feeling this new style of computer would be the way of the world," said Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.