Friday marks exactly three decades since Steve Jobs launched the Apple Macintosh, two days after the now-iconic 1984 commercial teased the computer to the world during Super Bowl XVIII.
Three decades and hundreds of Macs later, Apple is not only still cranking out innovative machines in personal computing, but has outlasted many of its original competitors.
“Every company that made computers when we started the Mac, they’re all gone,” Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller told Macworld. “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.”
Although Apple is now better known for its mobile products, such as the iPhone and iPad, its most recent computers continue to garner positive reviews, including the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac. The company also recently launched an all-new Mac Pro, its top-of-the-line machine whose performance is meant for the high demands of professional video editors.
It has only been three years since Apple introduced the iPad, and it has been a tremendous success ever since. That makes it all the more interesting to hear Steve Jobs convincingly dismiss tablets, at the first All Things Digital conference in 2003, ten years ago, to Walt Mossberg.
We’ve skipped it forward for you to mid-7 minute mark for the tablet bit.
“It turns out people want keyboards”… “We look at the tablet and we think it’s gonna fail”… Now, 2003 was a different era to 2010, but it’s interesting to see how our perceptions of what makes sense in terms of technology change over time. That said, Mossberg and Jobs agree that the tablet is a better reading device than anything with a clamshell format, but Jobs doesn’t think the market for a ‘third computer’ is big enough. How times changed.
via The Next Web.
There’s something romantic about the idea of the lone genius. The early success of GE is often attributed solely to the inspiration and perspiration of Thomas Edison. But experience and research both tell us that lasting success is built by teams that drive each other through collaboration, different skill sets and, yes, tension. It’s difficult to imagine the stratospheric successes of Steve Jobs without Stephen Wozniak or Mark Zuckerberg without Sheryl Sandberg. Edison had many collaborators and competitors who drove him, including the engineering genius Charles Steinmetz.