Weekend Vid Picks: Still Loving Steve Jobs After All These Years


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.


Joel Fiser

Ironic that you show the “1984” ad that pitted Apple as freedom and creativity (the girl in red shorts) vs. IBM – the oppressive controlling Big Brother presence.

Apple is undeniably the new Big Brother, controlling everything from which apps you can download to whether or not you need Flash – a de facto Web Standard.

Apple Fanboys – you’re the mindless drones watching the presentation – in case you don’t recognize yourselves.

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