Mac Turns 30 Today: How It Shaped Future Technology

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NEW YORK -- Clicking on an icon instead of typing up an archaic and confusing command to launch a program.  Creating professional documents with different fonts.

Many of the things we take for granted with computers weren't around until 30 years ago today - when the first Mac computer came out.

It was the first computer featuring a GUI - or Graphical User Interface. It was also the first with a desktop "trash can" to place deleted files.

Those and other developments included in that first generation of Macs have become so commonplace they were eventually adopted by other personal computers, which eventually moved from DOS-based systems to Windows.

Most of the innovations in that first Mac laid the groundwork for devices that are commonplace today, such as smartphones, media players and tablets.

The Associated Press/WFMY News 2

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