It has been three long decades since Steve Jobs took the stage in De Anza College to introduce the Macintosh computer to the public. Now, Apple is celebrating 30 years of the Mac by dedicating its homepage to the computer’s history. Apple’s homepage rarely changes aside from new product announcements, but it has been updated to honor notable people who have passed away, including Steve Jobs and Nelson Mandela.
Apple’s Mac has made such a big impact on our society that it deserves to be honored on Apple’s homepage. If you stop and think about it, almost all universities across the country have a Mac laboratory to which they give students access, and many art programs rely strictly on the Mac. It is truly amazing how the Mac has evolved over the last three decades; consider the sheer processing power we have today versus what was available on a Mac from 25-30 years ago.
My first Mac was a Mac mini, but the first one I ever used was the translucent, candy-colored iMac that was available in nearly every elementary and junior high school in New York City. As a matter of fact, the first computer I ever touched was a Mac, and I’ve never gone back. The fact that Apple made Macs available in schools helped me decide whether I was going to be a Mac or PC user, and I guess my choice is obvious.
These days, I’m using a 2013 Macbook Air, and it is amazing how different it is from the Macs of the past, especially in terms of color, speed, design, etc. As for my first Mac mini, it had 1GB RAM, something Apple now incorporates into its iOS devices.
Looking back, I’m surprised by how fast the Mac has progressed over the past 5-7 years, let alone three decades. The Mac has come a long way and still has a long way to go in the years to come. It will be interesting to see what Apple comes up with in future Macs, especially because technology is advancing much faster than it ever has.