In Pictures: The debt we all owe the Macintosh

The computers we use today derive their core experience from Apple's Mac, but the Mac also popularized other tech that's now standard today

The mouse The mouse is another technology that Apple took out of academia and made real. The Mac's GUI required something more than a keyboard to manipulate, and a pointing device was that "something more." Ironically, Apple long resisted features like multiple buttons and scroll wheels found in PCs, insisting on a "pure" one-button experience that made less sense in the age of large screens and long Web pages.

Today, all modern computers use mice or similar pointing devices -- and tablets and smartphones use the same fundamental concept, just in the form of your own fingers.

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