Steve Jobs' first public demo of the Mac

This vintage video from the Boston Computer Society provides a never-before-seen look at the Mac's first public demonstration.

In this video Steve Jobs presents the original Macintosh to members of The Boston Computer Society on January 24, 1984. In it, Jobs mentions he wants to create "radical ease of use" and compares the Mac to the invention of the telephone. Good stuff.

Here's a short sample:

You can watch the full one hour and 35 minute presentation at

It’s January, 1984. Steve Jobs, nattily attired in a double-breasted suit, is demonstrating Apple’s breakthrough personal computer, Macintosh, before a packed room. He speaks alarmingly of a future controlled by IBM, and shows a dystopian commercial based on that theme. He says that the Mac is “insanely great” and plucks the diminutive machine from a bag; it talks for itself. Screens of a graphical user interface — something few people had seen at the time — swoop by. The theme from Chariots of Fire swells. Jobs beams, as only he could.


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