Jan 24 2009
Just in case you didn’t already know: On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs officially introduced Macintosh. And Ridley Scott let us all know with his legendary TV spot why 1984 wouldn’t be like “1984″.
Macintosh (intentionally without an article) wasn’t the first computer with a graphical user interface and a mouse, it was not even the first Apple computer to show off these innovations. The Lisa was there before the Mac, and even the good old Apple ][ could work with a mouse – and had a fully graphical office suite named “Jane”.
The first – extremely expensive – desktop computer with a graphical user interface was the Xerox Star, and the Lisa, the Mac and later Windows borrowed heavily from it.
Still, the Mac was a machine with personality and although it did not become the success Apple had hoped for, it became a legend nonetheless and now, 25 years later, its grand-grand-grand-children are still leading the industry with their beautiful design and innovative concepts. Although Apple is no longer a pure computer company (more than 50 percent of their revenue is generated with digital content and iPod and iPhone gadgets), the Macs have gained some market share lately and still have a loyal and enthusiastic user base. And many Mac users still name their computers.
Macs don’t “just work” as the advertisements want to make us believe, and as the latest news showed, they are also no longer free from malware (although, in all fairness, the only working trojan for OS X can only be caught when downloading an illegal copy of Apple’s iWork 09). However, they still provide a much more enjoyable and comfortable overall user experience than any other computer system on the market. It’s undeniably a pleasure to work with such a well designed hard- and software platform.
So, happy birthday, Mac!