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5. Austin Powers in Goldmember: About six months before Mini Me appeared with Yao Ming in the new aluminum PowerBook ad, Austin Powers used his Titanium PowerBook G4 to demonstrate the Internet to Foxxy Cleopatra, who was transported from 1975 in a time machine built by Dr. Evil. And just for good measure, the time circuits were all hooked up to an Apple Pro Keyboard.
4. Forrest Gump: In September 1978, Mr. Gump finds a letter from Apple Computer, Inc. in his mailbox: “Lieutenant Dan got me invested in some kind of fruit company. So then I got a call from him, saying we don't have to worry about money no more.” (Incidentally, Apple didn’t go public until December 1980, so perhaps Lt. Dan was a venture capitalist?)
3. Zoolander: In possibly the most disturbing scene involving a Mac in the history of cinema, Hansel foolishly tosses a tangerine iMac from a DJ booth to reveal 30 years worth of assassination plots contained therein. Of course, we know a FireWire cable and Target Disc Mode would have worked a little better.
2. American Pie: When Jim, Kevin and Paul spy on Nadia while she changes clothes after ballet practice, they’re watching live video using NetBot, a fictional Classic app running on a very real Power Mac and what appears to be OS 8.5. NetBot? This one time, at band camp, I downloaded QuickTime.
1. Independence Day: When David Levinson accompanies Capt. Steven Hiller to infiltrate the alien mothership armed with a bomb and a computer virus, only the latest PowerBook will do --- so new, in fact, that it wasn’t even named yet. Take a close look at the computer in the film, and you’ll see “PowerBook XXXX.” By the time the film was released in 1996, it was flying off shelves as part of the 5300 series, with enough processing power to save the world.