FastCompany directs us to a fascinating and somewhat obscure Apple video which features company co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak engaging in a bit of nostalgia as they discuss the early days of Apple and the impact that both the Apple I and the Apple II had on society and the state of computing.
The video begins with a little known tidbit about Apple’s early days in the mid-70s. Back in 1975, Jobs and Wozniak convinced Kramer Electronics to sell them computer parts with 30 day terms on the promise that they had an outstanding purchase order from the Byte Shop, one of the world’s first traditional computer stores.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
At one point in the video, Jobs boasts that Apple “shipped more Apple IIs in the first 4 years than all the computers ever in the history of man that had ever been shipped.”
Part of the video’s charm is the way it treats the origins of the Apple I and Apple II as ancient history, even though even the Apple I had been introduced only eight years earlier. Woz explains that he designed the Apple I because he wanted a computer himself. “Steve went a little further,” he adds. “Steve saw it as a product which you can actually deliver, sell, and someone else can use.”
The video is well worth watching in its entirety as it provides some great context regarding the early days of the personal computing revolution that Apple kickstarted well more three decades ago.