NEWYORK: Macintosh celebrates it’s thirtieth anniversary on Friday (today). Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, and Vice President of Software Technology Bud Tribble — who was a member of the original Mac development team — all shared their thoughts.
A particular statement from Federighi stated that Mac has been sharpened for over 30 years to be optimal” for keyboards and mice, while attaching a touchscreen to a PC — or a keyboard to a tablet — without a good reason to do so makes for a bad experience.
The Mac introduced real-world metaphors such as using a trash can to delete files. It brought us fonts and other tools once limited to professional printers. Most importantly, it made computing and publishing easy enough for everyday people to learn and use.
The Mac owes much of its success to the way Apple engineers adapted those pioneering concepts. For instance, Xerox Corp. used a three-button mouse in its Alto prototype computer. Apple settled on one, allowing people to keep their eyes on the screen without worrying about which button to press.
The Mac has aged to the point that it’s starting to draw inspiration from iPhones and iPads. Several Mac apps have been refined to look and work more like mobile versions. Macs now have notifications and other features born on mobile devices. Windows computers, meanwhile, now emphasize tablets’ touch-base interfaces.
Yet without the Mac, we may never have had the iPhone or the iPad, and phones might do little more than make calls and send email.