Lisa, The $9,999.00 Apple Computer, 1983
The Lisa was really the first computer sold with a mouse by Apple Computer. It' price tag was $9,999.00. Add to that a printer and some software and you are way over ten grand! Lisa was named after Steve Jobs' eldest daughter, Lisa Nicole. Ralph Thomas loved this little baby and took out a loan to get one. The Lisa project cost over $50 million and was the result of more than 200 person-years of research and development. It was supposed to be the Next Big Thing. It was not however the first personal computer to use a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Several Xerox systems developed in Palo Alto, utilized the STAR operating system. STAR contained a very innovative icon-based interface as well as a built-in word processor and calculator. The Lisa as the "computer for the rest of us" didn't quite make it because it was just too expensive. It as the Macintosh Plus, a later version of this computer; that put Apple on the map and changed the way people saw computers forever.

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Lisa Specs And Data

NAME LISA / LISA 2 - Mac XL
MANUFACTURER Apple
TYPE Professional Computer
ORIGIN U.S.A.
YEAR January 1983
END OF PRODUCTION August 1986
BUILT IN LANGUAGE Lisa OS
KEYBOARD Full-stroke 77-key with numeric keypad
CPU Motorola MC 68000
SPEED 5 MHz
RAM 1 MB (2MB max. via 3rd party upgrade)
ROM 16 KB
TEXT MODES 40 x 32 bit-mapped
GRAPHIC MODES 720 x 364 dots
COLORS Monochrome (12'' built-in monitor)
SOUND Continuously Variable Slope Demodulator (CVSD)
SIZE / WEIGHT 35 (W) x 47.5 (D) x 38.8 (H) cm / 15.2 Kg
I/O PORTS 2 x RS232, 3 proprietary slots, Parallel (only on original Lisa),
BUILT IN MEDIA Lisa : two 5.25'' floppy drives (871 KB)
Lisa 2/Max XL : one Sony 3.5'' floppy drive (400 KB)
OS Lisa Office System or Mac OS (Lisa 2/Mac XL only)
POWER SUPPLY Built-in 150W power supply unit
PERIPHERALS 5 MB or 10 MB external hard disk
PRICE Lisa: $9,995 (USA, 1983)

 

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