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Apple celebrates 30th anniversary of Mac with video tribute, mini-site

updated 07:23 am EST, Fri January 24, 2014

Video tribute shows Mac influence on design, art, education, music

Apple has updated its website to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh computer. After a brief introduction to the festivities, visitors to the site are directed to a dedicated "Mac 30" mini-site fronted by a video covering the impact of the Mac in a range of creative industries, as well as an interactive timeline of the Mac's history, and the ability to vote on how they were first introduced to the computer.

Weighing in at just under three minutes, the Mac 30 video features a number of innovators and creators speaking about how the Mac inspired and helped them become successful. Designers, educators, and artists, as well as musician Moby, described the Mac as a "remarkable, ubiquitous technology" and a "worldwide democratization of creativity," accompanied by video clips of projects created on a Mac.

The Mac Timeline element of the site stretches back to 1984 and the introduction of the original Macintosh, all the way up to 2014 and the Mac Pro, with each year including a description of how Mac computers were used at the time and a collection of high-resolution photographs of product releases. The history of the Mac is accompanied by partial results from the on-site "Your first Mac" survey, with each year's result shown on the appropriate timeline slide.

Apple Macintosh
Apple Macintosh

Your first Mac invites visitors to reveal when they initially were introduced to the computer range, what their first Mac was, as well as what they did with it. Current results show Macs were used predominantly for "Education and Teaching" between 1984 and 1995, with "Graphic Design" briefly becoming the most popular answer for 1996, with "Internet & Email" seemingly dominating the rankings from 1997 onward.

Twentieth Anniversary Apple Macintosh
Twentieth Anniversary Apple Macintosh

The first of a number of interviews celebrating the 30th anniversary of Mac were released yesterday, with several executives talking about the company's history as well as its future. CEO Tim Cook will appear on ABC World News this evening in a pre-recorded interview.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Grendelmon

    Senior User

    Joined: 12-26-07

    Happy Birthday, Mac.

  1. carloblackmore

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-28-05

    On the Apple homepage, it's stunning to see the first Macintosh standing next to the newest, fanciest, glossiest, highest-res iMac. The little Macintosh still comes across with so much cuteness and personality and finesse.

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Excuse me, regarding the "made with iPhones, edited on a Mac" video,

    how did they get the video on their iPhones to not "shake"?

    I can't get my iPod touch to not have some sort of very fast-pulsed wobbling (like 0.1 second) while taking video, it's just part of the sensor and it's always been that way first day I used it. How did they get rid of it?

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by And.regView Post

    Excuse me, regarding the "made with iPhones, edited on a Mac" video,

    how did they get the video on their iPhones to not "shake"?

    1) just use them. The built-in anti-shake is quite effective.

    2) even imovie's anti-shake will take care of the rest. Not to mention Final Cut. Unless you're really wobbly.

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