Stories of Apple’s 2017 begins with two big news.
Instagram is full of Apple historians, collectors and enthusiasts and now Stories of Apple is there too, to post and interact with them… and you. Follow us!
The second news, which will hopefully have a big impact on the future of this website (and its italian counterpart) is that Stories of Apple has joined other independent creators and publishers on the crowdfunding site Patreon!
This website has always published its contents for free and never shown intrusive and ugly ads or sponsored posts and never will. So I ask you to join Patreon and support Stories of Apple by becoming a Patron and try to finance its future publications with a small (or big) monthly sum.
There are a few tiers (I hope you’ll like their titles) and rewards on Patreon and I’ve also written a detailed explanation of what I plan to do and how you can help create more great articles and interviews about the history of Apple!
Thanks in advance for your support!
One year later, I’m proud to announce that it has gathered close to 7200 followers and amassed more than 600 posts in its archive, which you can peruse, like and retumblr.
Moreso: the posts are all thouroughly and painstakingly tagged by yours truly so you can not only see content about – let’s say – the Lisa, Sir Jonathan Ive or various Apple prototypes, but you can also search for years, such as stuff that was released or happened in 1983, 1997, 2001 or 2007.
I have loads of quotes, images, graphics, videos, recordings, and plan to keep going for quite a while. I am also working by accretion and will sum up some of the most interesting threads in proper and longish posts here, on the Stories of Apple website.
In the meantime thank you for reading, reblogging, commenting, suggesting, submitting and pointing out mistakes. And if you’re not doing it (yet) follow Stories of Apple on Tumblr!
If you love Apple’s history and want more there’s another resource: the brand new and official account of Stories of Apple on Tumblr.
As stated in the description, it’s a [svelte and visual] companion to the articles and posts published on www.storiesofapple.net.
You’ll find shortish quotes, memorable images and assorted tidbits from Apple’s history, taken not only from the Stories of Apple/Storie di Apple websites but also from other notable sources online, among which are people who are or have been working at Apple and have interesting facts and memories to share.
So follow the tumblr (it’s free), read, enjoy and reblog!
Two great Apple-retro-styled items: the Disk II SD Card Reader and the Classic Macintosh iPod Nano Dock
The world of retrocomputing (or computing history, if you wish) and modern tech products seldom meet.
I have been asked a few times to haw^^advertise new products for sale but have always refused since I never found new stuff which had something in common with the old technology I write about on Stories of Apple and its italian version. That was until a couple of days ago, when I found, on Etsy, two very nice Apple-retro-styled items made by RetroConnector.
The Disk II styled USB SD Card Reader is an external reader of SD memory cards, which has been styled after the iconic Apple II floppy disk drive from 1978. It’s available in beige, mimicking the color of the original disk drive, or in an unpainted in white and black which were the colors of a rare Bell & Howell edition of the Apple II.
Here it is, in a view embedded from the Etsy listing.
The other item is a Classic Macintosh iPod Nano Dock, a dock for 6th generation iPod nano. It resembles a Macintosh from the late Eighties, in a painted “platinum” beige to match the color chosen for the Mac Plus by frogdesign. Also: when inserted, the iPod nano acts as a screen for this tiny tiny computer for the rest of us.
Here it is.
Both items are quite costly ($50.00 USD for the card reader and 60 for the dock) and are obviously absolutely unofficial products, not licensed by Apple.
On the other hand they succeed in recreating the look and the memory of the original items, which are now over 30 years old, while also being useful accessories for modern Apple products, which is quite a feat.
Well done, RetroConnector!
p.s. There is no referral in the links and I do not get any percentage or kickback from the sale.
“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.