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First edition of GUI-driven operating system for the original Macintosh.

Released on 24th January 1984 by Apple Link points to external site.

24 Jan 84 System 1.0
5 May 84 System 1.1 (21 screenshots)

Jan 86System 3
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“Apple’s bid to stay in the big time” from Fortune 1983
“A tour of the Mac desktop” from Macworld 1984
“Evaluating the Macintosh Finder” from Byte 1984
“The past, present, and future of the Macintosh desktop” from Signal #26
“Of mice and menus: Designing the user-friendly interface” from IEEE Spectrum 1989

Guided Tour of Macintosh from 1984

Susan Kare Link points to external site
System 1.0 Headquarters Link points to external site
The Early Mac OS Link points to external site from Andy F. Mesa
System 1.1 screenshots Link points to external site from Nathan Lineback
More System 1.1 screenshots Link points to external site from Nathan Lineback
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Desktop with applications in System 1.1
System 1.1
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All 39 pages of Apple’s advertisement from Nov/Dec 1984 issue of Newsweek, presenting the Macintosh and its then unique interface

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The icons for Windows Vista will reportedly convey over 1500 times more data (but not information!) than icons for original Macintosh System (196608 vs. 128 bytes each).

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