Apple's Macintosh has turned 30 years old

Rick Otto

On Friday Apple's Macintosh computer turned 30 years old.  Apple didn't keep the birthday a secret either.  They put materials on their website to celebrate the birthday.  The materials included a nearly 3 minute video to cover the history of the Mac.  There's also a section on the Mac App Store that's part of the celebration.

When the Macintosh first came out the Apple II series computers were the major money maker for Apple.  They were selling well, especially in education.  Yet they were 8 bit computers and 16 bit computers were on the horizon.  Apple wanted something to replace the Apple II series and bring the next generation of computing. The Macintosh introduced the mouse, a graphical user interface, and also was the first all-in-one computer.  It also created a whole new market, desktop publishing.

There's no doubt that the Mac helped revolutionize computing.  For quite some time the Apple II line was updated but at some point the Apple II line was discontinued leaving only the Mac.  Likely few people expected the Mac to be around 30 years later and until Steve Jobs came back to Apple it looked like Apple wasn't going to be around for long.  There's no doubt it helped other companies evolve such as Microsoft switching from DOS to Windows.

What do you think the future holds for the Macintosh?  With mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones experiencing huge growth some people believe this is the beginning of the end of the PC era.  PC sales have been going down but for a long time Mac computers were bucking that trend but lately it seems even the Mac is losing sales.  Do you think it'll be around for another 30 years or will the computer as we know it now not exist at that point?  Do you think the Mac will evolve into a very different product?  We'd like to hear from you in the comments section.

The below video from Apple celebrates 30 years of the Macintosh. 

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