In case you hadn’t heard — or in case you were somehow living under a rock during the past week — Apple (s AAPL) introduced a brand new device called the iPad, which as a product sits squarely between the iPhone and the MacBook as a portable computing device. Here’s video from the presentation, including the moment when Apple CEO Steve Jobs breaks out the iPad on stage for the first time.
I wasn’t always a Mac fan boy, but after two iPhones and a MacBook, I’m psyched to get my hands on the iPad when it becomes available. Still, it wasn’t until this keynote presentation — the introduction of the first iPhone back in 2007 — that I first started to buy Apple devices.
Of course, to get to the heart of it all you have to go all the way back to 1983, when a young and quite dapper Steve Jobs (then sporting a tux instead of his trademark jeans and turtleneck getup) was able to wow crowds with the word “Macintosh” scrolling across a 9″ CRT monitor. It’s hard to believe now, but that first Mac shipped with just an 8MHz microprocessor and 128 kb of RAM. And it cost $2,495.
And who could forget the pivotal ad for the first Mac, which was directed by Ridley Scott and ran during the Super Bowl? That ad cost $1.5 million, but most Mac fans will agree it was all worth it.