100 Best Gadgets Ever: We Got Game

Apple Mac (1984)

Try to imagine using your computer without a mouse. Go on. You’ve given up already, haven’t you? That’s because it’s practically impossible – and the mouse’s existence is all down to the Apple Mac. What it lacked in expandability (a theme that pops up frequently with Apple even today) it made up for in performance (ditto) and price (er, nevermind) but there were other neat touches that would go on to be influential. The all-in-one design lives on today in the iMac while the handle on the top for easy transporting demonstrated the kind of fresh thinking Apple would become famous for. Microsoft’s Windows-powered machines might’ve gone on to rule the world but they’d be nothing without the Apple Mac.

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