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The very first Macintosh (Mac) personal computer was produced by Apple, Inc. and introduced to the public on January 24, 1984. Work on the first MacIntosh computers began in 1979 when an Apple employeee, Jef Raskin, determined to produce an easy, inexpensive computer for home use. (The original spelling was changed so as not to be confused with the high-end audio manufacturer of the same name.) The name was chosen because it was Raskin's favorite type of apple. It took nearly five years for the first Mac to be produced. The first Mac, the 128K, debuted on a Ridley Scott TV commercial entitled "1984" during Super Bowl XVIII. It went on sale two days later, bundled with two applications--MacWrite and MacPaint. It had little memory, no hard drive, and originally sold for $1995.