Two months before Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh to the world in 1984, Microsoft demoed an early version of Windows at COMDEX 1983. Much like the soon-to-be-announced Mac, it featured a graphical user interace with the desktop metaphor, including windows and icons. Users could open multiple windows and use Microsoft Word to edit and format a text document. More →
Steve Jobs compares Mac to inventing the telephone in this video, which hasn’t been seen in 30 years
Was the debut of the first Mac computer as pivotal a moment in human history as the invention of the telephone? According to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, it was indeed. The Mac celebrated its 30th birthday last week and while much of the coverage on tech blogs overlapped, TIME managed to dig up a great video that hasn’t been seen since 1984. In the video, which was later picked up by 9to5Mac, Steve Jobs talks at length during a presentation at a shareholder meeting one week after the unveiling of the first Macintosh computer. The footage comes from a videographer who forgot he had it, and the full video is embedded below. Fast-forward to 37:30 to see Jobs dive in an compare the Mac, and the advent of the graphical user interface, to the invention of the telephone. More →
Apple on Friday hosted a special home page on its website and a short video on YouTube to celebrate 30 years of Mac innovation. On January 24, 1984, the Macintosh, its first computer was launched, “with the promise to put the creative power of technology in everyone’s hands.” The company has also created a special section on its website dedicated to the 30 years of Mac. A side scrolling menu lets users pick any year from 1984 to 2014 and further explore each period, which has its own page containing a story, relevant pictures, quotes from various personalities as well as a section that shows what people did with their Macs in each year. More →
Apple’s iPhone has not only become the company’s best-selling device, but also a useful weapon for the company in its “attack” on the corporate world. The iPhone seems to have acted as a “gateway drug” that convinced businesses to consider investing in other Apple hardware including iPads and Macs. Citing a study from Forrester Research, The Wall Street Journal says that by 2015 Apple is expected to win 11% of global business and government spending on tablets and computers, up from 1% in 2009 and 8% in 2012 – and those numbers do not include iPhone purchases. More →
The best deal in indie gaming is back for its tenth run, and this time the theme is cross-platform availability. Humble Indie Bundle X went live on Tuesday and features six great games that can be played on Windows, Mac or Linux computers. Many of the games are making their Mac and Linux debuts as a part of the bundle as well. This time around, the games featured are as follows: To the Moon, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Papo & Yo, Runner2, Reus and Surgeon Simulator 2013. Reus and Surgeon Simulator will only be available to customers who pay more than the average at time of purchase. All of the games you receive will also include a soundtrack. More →
A new Apple patent describes a technology that uses face detection and recognition to activate certain features on devices including iPhones, iPads or Macs, AppleInsider reports. The feature would help Apple offer a more secure environment to iOS and OS X device users, as well as provide quick access to a personalized iPhone or Mac setup based on the face of the user. More →
In a presentation at the LISA ’13 conference earlier this month, Google explained that it’s managing a fleet of over 43,000 Macs its employees use, without much help from Apple. Despite developing its own desktop operating system and selling Chrome OS laptops together with various OEMs, Google’s computer system of choice is the OS X-running Mac. In fact, it looks like the company imposes Mac use to all employees even though Google also supports additional operating systems including Windows, Linux and Chrome OS, The Register reports. More →
The lack of any exciting new MacBook laptop computers from Apple in recent months apparently took its toll on third-quarter shipments. Market research firms Gartner and IDC each released their third-quarter PC shipment estimates on Wednesday and as noted by Fortune on Thursday morning, both sets of numbers show an on-year drop in Apple’s U.S. Mac shipments. According to Gartner, Apple shipped 2.16 million Mac computers in the U.S. last quarter, down 2.3% from the 2.21 million units it shipped in the same quarter last year. IDC’s figures show a much more considerable drop, from 2.15 million units in Q3 2012 to 1.91 million last quarter. In either case, Fortune notes that this was the first back-to-school quarter since 2002 that Apple shipped fewer Macs than it did a year earlier. More →
Apple has now remained atop the American Customer Satisfaction Index of personal computers for 10 years straight. After consistently ranking behind Hewlett-Packard throughout the 1990s and then subsequently failing to outpace Dell, Apple finally scored the highest rating in ACSI’s personal computer category in 2004 and has never dropped below its competition since. Some of the factors that ACSI uses when ranking the companies include the perceived quality and value of the computers, customer loyalty and the number of complaints registered. 9to5Mac points out that although the ACSI’s report is called titled “Personal Computers,” ACSI also includes tablets when deciding a score, which means iPads are included as well as Macs.
Email was destroying my life, so I destroyed email. I crushed everything about it that I hated, leaving only what I absolutely needed. I tore apart my entire workflow and upended the way I deal with digital communications. On my computers, on my phones, everywhere. What remains shouldn’t even be called email; it’s something entirely new and significantly less painful. I used to do things the old way — flags, folders, leaving things marked as unread, reminders, alarms and worst of all, hundreds of thousands of emails sitting in my inboxes, never to be looked at again. It had to stop, so I stopped it. More →
Doom and gloom aside, it looks like there are still a few people eager to develop for Apple’s iOS and OS X platforms. Tickets for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference this year went on sale at 1:00 p.m. EDT and they’re already sold out according to Apple’s website — and it took less than 3 minutes for all of them to go. To put Thursday’s unbelievable sellout into context, WWDC 2011 sold out in just under 12 hours and WWDC 2012 sold out in about 2 hours. Among the highlights expected at this year’s WWDC are an overhauled user interface in Apple’s iOS 7 software and an updated version of OS X. Apple might have a few surprises in store as well, and the show kicks off on June 10th in San Francisco.
Apple pays out more than $1 billion to third-party developers who sell apps in its iOS and Mac App Stores each quarter, so the hefty $1,599 it charges for each ticket to its annual Worldwide Developer Conference seems like a good value. The company recently recently announced that WWDC 2013 tickets would go on sale at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, and Apple has now made them available to purchase online. More →
The ongoing crash of the PC industry hasn’t just affected Windows-based vendors such as Dell and HP — it’s also reportedly taking a toll on Apple. Supply chain sources have told Digitimes that Apple “stopped placing component orders for its Mac series products recently,” an indication that the company had significantly overestimated how many Macs it would sell in the first half of 2013. The most recent numbers from IDC show that PC shipments in the first quarter of 2013 fell by 14% year-over-year, while big-name vendors such as HP and ASUS saw their shipment numbers decline by more than 20% year-over-year. IDC also said that while Apple “fared better than the overall U.S. market,” it “still saw shipments decline as its own PCs also face competition from iPads.”