My first computer was an Apple II, my first modern ‘Personal Computer’ was a Macintosh 512k. I was a Mac before it was hip. I was a Mac before there was a PC. (I was a Mac before many of you were BORN.)
I went over to PCs around the time Windows 95 came out, at a time when almost no apps had cross-platform file compatibility, and boy was that a pain in the ass! Yet I can honestly say I’ve never thought about going back.
I always felt it was Steve Wozniak and the engineers behind products like the original Macintosh that made such things possible, Steve Jobs just made them sexy enough for you to want to buy them. There’s a point at which Apple stopped being about using hardware wizardry to make game-changing products that no one else could or wanted to, and turned into a hipster version of what they always hated: IBM.
That said, I am no less saddened by this news. Because while the engineers may have been responsible for the technical magic, it never would have left the garage in Cupertino if Steve Jobs hadn’t been able to market it, to make everyone want something they didn’t know they’d always needed; a personal computer, thus changing the world.