This article is part of a CNET special report on the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh, looking at the beginnings of Apple's landmark machine and its impact over the last three decades.
In 1979, Apple was working on a successor to the Apple II called the Lisa. But the product team hadn't yet settled on implementing a graphical user interface. The Macintosh at that point was a research project with four people, and wasn't even on Steve Jobs' radar. It was a visit by Jobs to Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center late in 1979 that set … Read more