Apple Lisa II Microcomputer


The Apple Lisa introduced the graphic user interface (GUI) into the Apple Computer Corporation's line of personal computers. Instead of using only text-based commands, users could employ pictorial icons displayed on the screen to initiate operations. Officially, "Lisa" stood for "Local Integrated Software Architecture," but it was also the name of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' daughter. This computer was also Jobs "baby," as he championed its creation and believed it would revolutionize personal computing. Apple spent four years and $50 million to develop it, but it turned out to be a commercial flop, in large part because of the $10,000 per unit cost. Only 80,000 were eventually sold. The Lisa is most important historically as the computer that pioneered concepts later used in the far more successful Macintosh.

This Lisa has model number A65B100 and serial number B08B832370482. It was owned and used by Roslyn Lang and her family. Her husband used it for academic work, while she and her children used it for computer games. She said: "As I recall, these were mainly games that you played against the software by looking at pictures of a castle and trying to free the princess without being eaten by an ogre!”

Date Made: 1983

Maker: Apple Computer

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Roslyn Lang

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0056.01Catalog Number: 2005.0056.01Accession Number: 2005.0056

Object Name: microcomputer

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)glass (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 14 in x 19 in x 14 in; 35.56 cm x 48.26 cm x 35.56 cm


Record Id: nmah_1287222

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