Last Friday marked the 30th birthday for the Apple Macintosh. Three decades have passed since Steve Jobs first launched the iconic personal computer and Apple are still going.
Phillip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of world wide marketing was keen to emphasize just how well the company has done to keep up with ever changing technology. “Every company that made computers when we started the Mac, they’re all gone,” he said. “We’re the only one left. We’re still doing it, and growing faster than the rest of the PC industry because of that willingness to reinvent ourselves over and over.”
The Macintosh was not Apple’s first computer, as a few preceded it but it was the Mac that really launched the brand. It was the first consumer PC to offer a graphical user interface and it could be argued that it was what changed the market.
Apple has now become known more for its iPhone and iPad products, yet its recent computers still bring in good reviews. The MacBook Pro, iMac and MacBook Air have all received praise, not to mention the Mac Pro, designed for use by professional video editors.
It will be interesting to see what the next thirty years holds for Apple and whether it continues to keep up with competitors.
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