Apple, who never commemorates it’s own history, surprised everyone with a celebration of 30 years of the Mac today.
Apple went all out, with a great video, and interviews and photos of everyone from the Knoll Brothers (of Lucasfilms, who left to create Adobe and Photoshop on the Mac), to Moby, and Codeacademy.
Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the Macintosh with the promise to put the creative power of technology in everyone’s hands. It launched a generation of innovators who continue to change the world. This 30?year timeline celebrates some of those pioneers and the profound impact they’ve made.
You can go on Apple’s site and plot out your first Mac and what you did with it. The first I played with was in 6th Grade, on the Classic Mac. Mostly Games and MacPaint. The first I owned, when I converted from Windows to the Mac (and have never slightly given a thought to going back) was the first 12″ Powerbook G4, in 2004, which I actually used a bit this last October because the friend I sold it too still uses it. Any other computer you could think of that worked in 2004 that still works now? Especially a laptop that was only twelve inches wide?
Still amazed at the size of that thing and all the music professionally recorded on it. Wow.
Crazy to go on Apple’s site and read stories of the first Mac users and thinking of how any computer you’d ever seen before then ran that ugly green command-line garbage are a dark display without a user-interface. code-only. ugh.
I do kinda like typing this on my 15 inch Retina Macbook Pro. When the rest of the world catches up to Retina graphics in 5-7 years (for average PC buyers), you’ll be able to see what I mean.