One of the world’s best loved technology companies has decided to celebrate the birthday of a product that helped set the pace for the world of personal computers with a video, and one that shows how its technology exists in so much of what we do today.
Thirty years ago, in 1984, Apple released the Macintosh, one of the world’s first consumer friendly computers that, according to the company, promised to put the power of technology into the hands of everyone.
The original Macintosh is very different from the computers of today, what with the the 8MHz processor, 128kB of memory, floppy drive, and monochromatic low-resolution screen, but it allowed the first generation of personal computers to come home.
Apple celebrated the released of the Macintosh with an advertisement directed by Ridley Scott, the director behind “Blade Runner” and “Alien,” which suggested that one company wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) dominate the computing landscape, and that Apple could be the hope to give people more choice, and to put that technology into the hands of more people.
Thirty years later, in 2014, Apple has pretty much done what it originally said it would, with that first Macintosh computer allowing the company to eventually push forward into computing with more personal computers, workstations, and eventually into media players, phones and tablets.
This push into so many aspects of consumer technology has made it possible to put computing power into the hands of everybody, and practically everyone has played with an Apple gadget at one point in time.
And with so much technology in the hands of customers, Apple has decided to make a video showing just what its technology can do, filming everyone on 100 iPhones over the course of a single day in 15 locations around the world.