The twentieth anniversary of the Mac has inspired a wave of stories across global media networks as Mac-using journalists and editors show respect for the platform that revolutionized personal computing.
The UK Guardian calls the Macintosh's introduction: "A macro-mutational leap into the future." Author Richard Dawkins discusses the personal history that led him to acquire his first Mac, and praises the company's decision to put building blocks in place that programmers could exploit to deliver a consistent user interface across applications.
CNN's Mac tribute begins with comment from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: "The Mac's a symbol of a whole revolution, and most of us that participated in it from the beginning and believed in it bought into these new ideals of computers to really help people, and not something that you had to fight, memorize and learn," Wozniak says. "That whole revolution just continues in our hearts to this day.
CBS MarketWatch leads with statements from Apple's former chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki: "We were convinced we were going to change the world; that we would have 95 percent market share in the early '80s," he says. Apple's innovation was aped and imitated, with IBM using the term 'PC' in its effort to thwart the company's success.
The report explains: "When the Mac was introduced, IBM made it look like a toy, and that made IBM more acceptable for the market it was going after. The Mac really didn't have a chance in corporate America."
Such comments are also echoed in a report from the San Francisco Chronicle: "I think if you were to ask the Macintosh division employees today, we would say we really thought it would be the predominant OS in the world today", Kawasaki says.
Former MacWeek editor Matthew Rothenberg writes about Apple CEO Steve Jobs' strong desire to ensure that Apple focuses on its core values: "Every step of the way, Jobs and his team reiterated the traditional Mac commitment to a proprietary, tightly integrated vision of personal computing that seems downright anachronistic."
Folklore.org is offering a host of short anecdotes about the development of the original Mac and the people who created it. There are sixty-nine tales in all.
PC World US eulogizes the Mac for its effect on the world of personal computing, with a series of comments from the movers and shakers that made 1984 a year of industry change: Former Apple PR Barbara Krause said: "The Mac taught that computers should be designed for regular people, and for all sorts of creative and personal tasks, not just for computing. And that sometimes, something sophisticated and highly advanced can be decidedly simple."
Suburban Chicago newspaper carries an interesting twist by staff writer Annie Alleman. She looks at the devotion Mac users have for the platform. "Mac users are kind of loyal to the brand, even though we are a small group," said Dean Sayles, former technology director for the Joliet High School District and longtime IMUG (Illinois Mac User Group) treasurer.
ZDNet states: "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."
Also looking forward, Newsweek has comment from Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Asked why Apple holds such a small market share today, Jobs told Newsweek that once a company designs a great product it builds a monopoly in the realm, and does not innovate: "The Mac-user interface was a ten-year monopoly. 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. They behaved like a monopoly, and it came back to bite them, which always happens. Hmm, look who's running Microsoft now," says Jobs, in reference to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, "A sales guy!".