It was 1984 when Apple launched a product that changed computing once and for all. Computers were not user friendly and interacting with them was always a tiring job, because they were not intuitive, until Apple brought out the Macintosh. It wasn’t the first computer from the Cupertino-based company, and neither was it the best out there, but it successfully influenced the market like no other. And it still does. Also Read - iPhone 13 to come with faster charging as compared to iPhone 12
Unlike Microsoft and IBM that dominated the “personal” computer market, the Mac was the first off the block to introduce a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to personal computers. That didn’t just relieve users from the pain of writing long codes to interact with their computers, with the advent of GUI, people could work more efficiently. Sure, it was Microsoft Windows that followed the same path and brought this easy way of computing to a larger audience, we know who kickstarted it in the very first place, and that was the Mac. Also Read - Apple TV Plus for free: PS5 owners get six months subscription free of cost
Before the Mac, PC’s were intimidating for most who did not know how to interact with machines in their language. Computers were always thought of as something to be kept in offices and could not find their place at homes. The Macintosh changed that. It made computers worth lusting for, something everyone desired. Thirty years later, the story remains the same. Also Read - This photo shot with iPhone X by an Indian wins iPhone Photography Awards
What started off as a company that built products they themselves wanted to use, Apple has continued to set new standards in personal computing. Think about the iMac with its colorful, funky transparent casing; the MacBook that redefined laptops; the Mac mini that brought the power of computing in a tiny box; the MacBook Air that defied the laws of electronics and literally cutting edge design. Or what can be said about the latest Mac Pro with its unique cylindrical form-factor? At 30-years-old, the Macintosh continues to inspire and set new benchmarks not just for the industry but for users as well.
But it is true that no matter how desirable the Mac is, yet professionals still shy away from it. Step into any regular office and you will see rows after rows of boring black monitors with a boxy cabinet stacked at every desk. While the Macintosh is sexy, when it comes to doing mundane yet critical work, it is Microsoft’s PC that dominates the market. Thirty years later, the Macintosh still has only a tiny sliver of the overall market. But it remains to be seen how the market pans out in the next decade, which the late Steve Jobs has already declared to be the post-PC era. What happens to the Macintosh in the age of iPads and phablets is something that will unravel in this decade.
So here’s to the next three decades of innovations, evolution, and desirability! Enjoy the video released by Apple. It is called “Thirty years of innovation”, we would rather call this feat “Thirty years of making PCs personal.”