1984

Apple’s computers for everyone are 30 years old. Look at how far they’ve come

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On January 22, 1984, Apple aired an ad promising that personal computing would save us from a totalitarian future. While it’s debatable if they actually saved us from a dystopia, they’ve certainly made good on their promise to bring computers to the masses. To show how far the company has come, here’s a chart comparing the original Macintosh to an iPhone 5s.

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It might seem strange to compare the original to an iPhone. After all, the latest iMac feels like more of a direct descendant. However, no other Apple product has done a better job than the iPhone of proving the company’s thesis that computers are for everyone. One last comparison: Here is Steve Jobs’s unveiling of the original Macintosh, and here’s his last, of the iPad 2.