01/23/2023 at 00:01 by Henner Schröder – The end of Lisa – that happened on January 23rd. Every day, PC Games Hardware takes a look back at the young but eventful history of the computer.
…1985: One year after the launch of Apple’s Macintosh, one thing is certain: the future belongs to it and its graphical user interface. It wasn’t the Mac that made this modern interface marketable. As early as 1983, Apple had brought the (or the?) Lisa onto the market, after the relatively unknown Xerox Star it was the second purchasable computer with mouse control and a graphical user interface. But Lisa, rumored to be named after the daughter of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, turned out to be a flop, as did the slightly improved Lisa 2 model. Given the success of the Macintosh series, Apple decides to rename the unsuccessful computer to “Macintosh XL”. The computer is supposed to benefit from the success of its little brother, although the name suggests a technical relationship that actually doesn’t exist. As of January 23, 1985, the name Lisa is history.