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30 Years Of Apple's Guided Tours, From Awkward To Amazing

The Apple Watch starts hitting wrists today with one of the most incredibly enormous user guides ever produced for an Apple product: 23 topics, almost 100 pages, not even including the 10 videos produced to teach people how to use this thing. Apple started creating “guided tours” for its new products back in 1984 — here are some highlights from over the years.


I Don't Need This Cool Macintosh Neue, But I Want It So Badly

I really would have no practical use for this Neo-Macintosh or Macintosh Neue or whatever you want to call it. But I want it. I would totally buy it. I’d probably only use it to write the book I will never finish and play Crystal Quest, but it would be totally mine if Apple ever made it. So silly, so good.


This Website Charts Apple's Interesting Music Tastes Since The '80s

Apple is not the same company it was under Steve Jobs’ stewardship. Any company that starts in a small garage in Cupertino and grows into a massive corporation pulling in US$180 billion a year, according to Tim Cook’s shotgun estimates on Charlie Rose, will change. Over the decades, as new product categories, more powerful processors, and new tech philosophies have matured with Apple so have their musical tastes.


Atari Arcade Games Inspired The Original Apple Mouse

It’s hard to say if the Macintosh would have been so successful if it hadn’t had such a revolutionary interface — namely, the mouse. While Apple didn’t invent the mouse, it did commission the now legendary engineer Jim Yurchenco to make it viable. And he looked to Steve Jobs’ former employer for inspiration.


The Best Typeface Apple Ever Had

It was square, squat and inherently cute. It was friendly. It was easy to use. I’m talking about the beige box with the blue grinning face that came to live with us in 1985. But I’m also talking about the font that came with it.


Here's How A 1984 Macintosh Tutorial Taught People To Use A Mouse

A generation of us grew up interacting with computers through a mouse — but that has not always case and will not always be the case. (Hi there toddlers on iPads!) When the Macintosh 128K debuted in 1984, it had to teach users how to point, click and drag with a charming, game-filled mouse tutorial.


It Took More Than Just iPhones To Shoot Apple's New Ad

With Macintosh turning 30 this year, you’d think Apple would go big. Maybe it would spring for another Super Bowl commercial like the 1984 ad that changed the way the world thinks about computers. Nah… Apple just made a promo reel that was shot entirely on iPhones — with a little help, of course.


Apple Is Probably Going To Run A Sequel To Its '1984' Ad Today

30 years ago. The Los Angeles Raiders are slaughtering the Washington Redskins at halftime. You decide it’s time for a refill on your Crystal Light. You’re headed to the kitchen when something stops you in your tracks — a chick with a Brigitte Nielsen haircut and a hammer, running towards you.


Watch Steve Jobs Show Off The Mac In Footage Unseen Since 1984

Thirty years ago, the landscape of personal computing was vastly different. It hardly even existed, compared to what it is today. Footage of the Mac’s initial unveil is out there, but this second, more polished run — a presentation for the Boston Computer Society — hasn’t been available since the event itself back on January 30, 1984.


Macintosh 128K Teardown: A Time Capsule With Keyboard And Mouse

The Mac turns 30 today, and what better way to celebrate than with a good ol’ fashioned autopsy. iFixit proves that can be a lot more fun than it sounds with its classic 128K Macintosh teardown, a beautifully gory history lesson.