Over at Fast Company's Co.Design Blog, Aza Raskin, son of Apple legend and Mac co-creator Jeff Raskin, takes a look at at memo written in 1981 detailing the creation of the first Mac. It's a great piece detailing early design decisions that still affect Apple to this very day.
It was early on in the game when Apple recognized the need for a dedicated display for its home computers. Where the Apple I and the first Apple II models relied on third-party RF modulators for hooking up to television sets, Apple changed course in 1980 when it released the 12-inch, monochromatic Apple Monitor III to accompany its Apple III business computer.
Ever wondered where those two little symbols we see everyday, the command key and the spinning beach ball of death (aka SBBOD, Rainbow Ball), come from? We're sure you're wondering now, so why don't we fill you in, courtesy of those zany folks at Gizmodo and a little Wiki knowledge.
It's hard to imagine life without our iPhones--let alone GPS, apps, an HD camera and a retina display. But before the RAZR, the BlackBerry and even the StarTAC, there was an unlikely phrase that gave rise to the notion that mobile radios will be able to make calls across countries and oceans: Over and out.
If you think the lukewarm reception to Apple’s new iPad is the exception, think again: The company has a long history of questionable first impressions dating back to the original Macintosh over 25 years ago.
Dressed in blue plastic and built to harness the power of the Internet, the iMac was the first PC that actually felt personal. And it would forever change Apple, the industry and virtually everyone who came into contact with it.