It’s been 41 years since the first Macintosh computer was first commissioned.

Though we are all now familiar with this product, usually as simple ‘a Mac’, we are seldom aware of how humbly it began, and how revolutionary it was.

At its beginning, the Mac was only intended for research purposes. Before the Mac, there had been three other models of personal computer. It began with the Apple II, followed a few years later by the Apple III and the Lisa.

Steve Jobs, who we all now recognize as the Mac mastermind, had been in charge of  innovating and designing the Apple III. This computer had failed significantly in comparison with the Apple II and the Lisa, so managers within Apple were hesitant to let Jobs oversee another project.

Jobs envisioned the Mac being able to “put a dent in the universe” and saw the product as a computer that capitalized on the Lisa’s strengths and potential.

Though they had valid reservations, the Apple board decided to give Jobs management over the Mac product. After extreme amounts of work, competitions with the team working on the Lisa, a $5000 dollar bet, and t-shirts which said “90 HRS/WK AND LOVING IT”, the Mac 128K was shipped out to its first buyers.

By the time the Mac was ready for production, its look, design, and purpose had shifted almost entirely. Jeff Raskin, a key player in the design of earlier Apple computers, is often called ‘the father of the Mac’ because he fashioned the original design for the Mac computer; however, by the time the Mac 128K computer was available, it gave little resemblance to Raskin’s original designs.

This first Mac’s design ended up being one “for the rest of us”, made to feature an ‘all in one’ look, the Mac stunned the market when it hit on January 24, 1984.