While this usually surprises people, I used to loathe Macintosh computers. It was the 1990s, and not only were they not insanely great, they were insanely slow. 1 I was a PC guy. Windows for life.
Or so I thought.
When I first saw the iMac, I thought it was a fun design. But wasn’t it just a toy? When I first saw OS X, I thought it was beautiful. But again, was it just visual candy? It wasn’t until I moved out to California that Apple really entered my life.
An iPod bought for the drive out west was the gateway drug for me. After about a year working in Hollywood — very much a “Mac town” even then — I bought my first Apple computer, an iBook G4.
Being forced to use a Mac on a daily basis at work, I came to appreciate all the little details that could never be adequately described to a PC user because they seem like things that shouldn’t matter. Yet they do.
My iBook wasn’t faster than my Dell laptop. But it was intangibly better.
Before long, I had an iMac as well. Then a MacBook Pro. Then a new MacBook Pro. Then a new iMac. Then a MacBook Air. And so on.
It’s been fun to watch so much outpouring of love for the Mac today, 30 years after its inception. I came late to the party, but now it’s hard to imagine ever leaving. Especially if Apple makes me my dream Mac.
Happy birthday, Mac.
Compared to their Windows counterparts. ↩