Snippet: The Mac is Immortal ☇

Shared on January 24, 2024

Speaking of the Mac turning 40, Dan Moren has a great piece for Macworld:

And yet today marks the 40th anniversary of the Macintosh. While it has certainly seen its ups and downs over the intervening years, it’s a device that has nevertheless been in constant production since the day Apple co-founder Steve Jobs first took the wraps off it back in 1984.

In that time, it’s run on four different processor architectures and two major operating systems, making it a bit of a computer of Theseus. It’s seen challengers rise and fall, and been threatened with extinction more than once, and yet for all of that has emerged in recent years revitalized and stronger than ever.

Like Moren, I’ve been using a Mac as my primary computer for much of my life—my first interactions were the LCs at school, and my own first Mac was an SE that was really old when I got it. Even though the MacBook Air I use today is more like an iPhone than those early Macs, there’s enough that feels similar. Then again, it’s a lot like people—as we grow and change, we’re much different than we were a decade or two (or four) ago, but anyone who knows us well would instantly know it’s us.

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