[LINK] Interesting quote from Steve Jobs...
swilson at lockstep.com.au
Fri Jan 29 13:38:36 EST 2010
Ivan Trundle wrote:
> On 29/01/2010, at 12:44 PM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> I probably should know but don't - what was
>> revolutionary about the Apple II?
> Most say it 'ignited' the personal computer revolution in 1977 ... The first mass-marketed personal computer, with a plastic case and with colour graphics ... The Apple I was a year earlier, but was not exactly ground-breaking (and didn't have colour).
More fundamentally, I think the Apple II marked the first time that regular people were told that they should have a computer of their own. It literally productised an arcane technology that was hitherto limited to research labs, banks, hobbyists and "Lost in Space".
In so many ways the Apple II was a solution looking for a problem (that
dreaded criticism reserved for flops but set aside when a disruptive
inovation succeeds). Nobody knew they needed gaming at home (Pong,
Adventure). Nobody knew they needed spreadsheets *anywhere* (Visicalc I
think is one of the great unsung pieces of revolutionary software, and
created business demand for personal computers).
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