Saturday, January 24, 2004

Macworld: Steve Jobs on the Mac's 20th Anniversary

Macworld: Steve Jobs on the Mac's 20th Anniversary "Do you have any general thoughts about the 20th anniversary of the first Macintosh?
All I can say is, I think the Mac reinvented the personal-computer industry in the eighties, and Microsoft copied it in the nineties -- and that's been a big success for them, too. We finally got out ahead again with Mac OS X, and I think you'll see Microsoft copying that in the future.
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Do you have any other thoughts about where your competitors are taking their strategies? For example, Windows Media PCs are computers attached to TV sets.
Well, we've always been very clear on that. We don't think that televisions and personal computers are going to merge. We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on.
Are there some complementary aspects to it?
Well, they want to link sometimes. Like, when you make a movie, you burn a DVD and you take it to your DVD player. Someday that could happen over AirPort, so you don't have to burn a DVD -- you can just watch it right off your computer on your television set. But most of these products that have said, "Let's combine the television and the computer!” have failed. All of them have failed."
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