Apple’s Macintosh, released in 1984, is celebrated for ushering in a new era of user-friendly computing. But! The Mac owes a lot to its lesser-known, older sister Lisa.
Here’s how the Lisa, while seen as a flop today, used clever interface design to welcome everyone into the personal computer era.
Though as new technologies like AR, VR, and AI chatbots arrive, are we finally leaving Lisa’s legacy behind?
00:00 | Intro
00:37 | Computers of the 1970’s
01:13 | The Beginning of GUIs
01:40 | Xerox PARC’s Alto Computer
02:10 | Other Tech Inspirations for Apple
02:42 | Goals behind the Apple Lisa
03:20 | Hands-on with a Lisa
04:35 | Developing the Lisa with Bill Atkinson
06:22 | Introducing Macintosh
07:06 | Lisa vs Macintosh
07:24 | Countdown of switching applications on a Macintosh
08:15 | What the ‘Desktop Metaphor’ means now
09:28 | Final thoughts with Bill Atkinson