“We’re starting to do some things differently”.
That’s what Phil Schiller supposedly said in February 2012 to blogger John Gruber at a one-to-one media briefing for the upcoming release of [Mac] OS X Mountain Lion.
If you needed further demonstration that Apple is looking beyond Steve Jobs and Tim Cook is doing things differently, the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh is quite a big proof.
Happy Birthday Mac! My life is infinitely better because we met. Today we salute everything you stand for. t.co/seLULo2cQ6
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 24, 2014
Apple created a mini web site to celebrate the “Computer for the rest of us” with a video, pages for each and avery year with profiles about key developers, artists and teachers, stunning pictures of Macs from back then and even created a font with stylized Mac icons for almost every model ever released.
As Cook said at a Special Event which took place at the Apple Campus:
“We don’t spend a lot of time looking back.”
“We spend all of our time looking forward and working on the next big thing. But we’re making an exception for today, because 30 years ago today, the Macintosh was born.”
I can only agree. And while they get back to work and continue to look forward, Stories of Apple is here for you when you want to take a look back and see where Apple came from, so you can better understand where’s it’s headed.
One of the most iconic hackers ever, and a very important figure in Apple history, John Draper, needs some money for surgery and therapy otherwise soon he won’t be able to code, type or even use his hands.
According to what Draper has written on Facebook and then has been published on the savingcaptaincrunch.com website, It looks that due to a too vigorous hug from a fan, Captain Crunch has sustained a very serious injury:
A few critical nerves have been trapped and despite a program of physical therapy and painkillers, Crunch’s fingers and forearms are now approaching total paralysis.
Crunch is in such pain that he can barely put his shoes on in the morning. One of the pioneers of the Word Processor can barely type any more, let alone code. And the doctors have told him that within 3-6 months he risks losing the use of his hands permanently because trapped nerves die after a while.
A straightforward surgical procedure can release the trapped nerves before they wither away, and return life to his hands.
The bad news is that Crunch cannot afford it. It costs $6,000 just for the Medical co-pay for the surgery, $2,000 for the post-surgery convalescence and even more for the drugs and physical therapy that will get him back at his Mac and coding again.
You can help the man who inspired Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs to get in business, by donating some money to cover for his medical expenses. I did.
p.s. Yes, that’s me in the picture with Mr. Draper.
We both share a mix of love and curiosity for the history of Apple and see it worthwile to delve and discover interesting tidbits of information and trivia to better understand the past, the present and even the future of the company at Infinite Loop.
This is why I answered Riccardo’s call to “vintage Mac geeks out there” to share their “corner, small desk, or other secondary space with their vintage setup”, i.e. nothing newer than Mac OS 9.
The questions he asks are the following:
What does your desk look like? [Photos here]
What is your vintage Mac setup?
Why are you using this setup?
What software do you use, and for what do you use it?
If you are using older Macs and feel like sharing a small piece of your Mac world please do write him at: rick [at] compunabula [dot] com
Let’s take a look at Apple’s Quarterly financial Reports on the iPhone, straight out of their press releases archive (I’ve put numbers in bold):
June 2007: Apple Reports Third Quarter Results
iPhone is off to a great start—we hope to sell our one-millionth iPhone by the end of its first full quarter of sales—and our new product pipeline is very strong.
October 2007: Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Quarterly iPhone™ sales were 1,119,000, bringing cumulative fiscal 2007 sales to 1,389,000.
January 2008: Apple Reports First Quarter Results
Quarterly iPhone™ sales were 2,315,000.
April 2008: Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results
Quarterly iPhone™ sales were 1,703,000.
July 2008: Apple Reports Record Third Quarter Results
Quarterly iPhone™ units sold were 717,000 compared to 270,000 in the year-ago-quarter.
October 2008: Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Quarterly iPhone units sold were 6,892,000 compared to 1,119,000 in the year-ago-quarter.
January 2009: Apple Reports First Quarter Results
Quarterly iPhone units sold were 4,363,000, representing 88 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter.
Let’s add those thousands: 1119+2315+1703+717+6892+4363
This brings us to a grand total of 17.109 millions of iPhones sold so far (at the end of January 2009) by Apple since its launch on 29 June, 2007.
Note: feel free to use this data analisys but please credit and link back to the Stories of Apple website.