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Media reports on the 20th Anniversary of the Mac

updated 05:10 am EST, Mon January 26, 2004

Mac 20th Anniversary

  • (CNET News.com): "As the Macintosh celebrates its 20th anniversary Saturday, this diplomacy appears to be a defining element in Apple's strategy. Technology companies face a broad market shift away from traditional computing products and toward consumer electronics."

  • From 'insanely great' to 'think different': "PC World asked many longtime industry players, including some involved in the Mac's early days, what the Macintosh has taught the PC--and, essentially, the computing industry. And, on the flip side, what has the PC taught the Macintosh?"

  • OK, Mac, Make a Wish (Newsweek): ""The Mac-user interface was a 10-year monopoly," says Jobs. "Who ended up running the company? Sales guys. At the critical juncture in the late '80s, when they should have gone for market share, they went for profits. They made obscene profits for several years. And their products became mediocre. And then their monopoly ended with Windows 95."

  • The Apple Mac is 20 (The Register): "Will Apple introduce a 20th Anniversary Macintosh* on Monday, two days after the platform's 20th birthday? Suggestions from some quarters suggest it might well do so, and it's hard to imagine the company not wanting to commemorate this significant milestone."

  • What will become of Apple in the next 20 years? (ZDNet AnchorDesk): "If Jobs were at the helm for the next 20 years, I would give Apple a good chance of succeeding with its digital hub strategy. He has the imagination, savvy, and guts necessary become a 21st century digital-media mogul. As a business machine, the Macintosh is barely on the radar, however."

  • The machine that changed the world (SF Chronicle): "'I think if you were to ask the Macintosh division employees today are you disappointed in the results of the Macintosh, we would say we really thought it would be the predominant operating system in the world today,' Kawasaki said. 'On the other hand, it has made millions of people happy and has lasted 20 years.'"

  • Steve Jobs on the Mac's 20th Anniversary (Macworld): "We don't think that televisions and personal computers are going to merge. We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on."




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