Apple Macintosh

Released in 1984, the Macintosh was the first commercially viable computer to use a graphical interface and mouse.

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Short Circuit (1986)

Newton uses his Mac in the labs to model a robot's hand, and later takes in on the truck in pursuit of Number 5.

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Importance: ***
Realism: **
The Mac would struggle with the colour 3D graphics, not least because of its monochrome display!

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8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

The drug-baron Angelo has a Mac in his office and one of his henchmen uses it to play a game.

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Importance: *
Realism: ****
The henchman plays the game by holding the mouse in the air and intermittently pressing the button - a bit strange.

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Daemon (1985)

Nick is sent the Macintosh as a (very generous) present from his parents. After setting it up strange messages start appearing on the screen.

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Importance: ***
Realism: *****
We'll chalk us the daemonic messages to artistic license.

Visibility: ****


Brainblast (1987)

The scientists use an Macintosh in the guise of the supercomputer INFORB. The CIA have a more conventional Mac too.

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Importance: ****
Realism: *
INFORB appears to be sentient.

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The Shaman (1987)

One of the group, Jack, spends far too much time working on his Apple Macintosh.

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Importance: **
Realism: ****
Jack's Mac beeps incessantly every time he touches the keyboard or mouse.

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Steve Jobs (2015)

Steve demonstrates how easy it is to use Macintosh by getting his daughter Lisa to use it, and Macs are used backstage at the launch.

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Importance: *****
Realism: *****
Visibility: ****