40 Years Ago Today

2017 is going to be a big year of anniversaries for Apple.

40 years: Apple II
30 years: Mac II, HyperCard
20 years: G3 line, OS8
10 years: iPhone

But let’s start with the most important one:

January 3, 1977, Apple’s date of incorporation as Apple Computer, Inc., and its first offices.

40 years ago tonight, Woz got the key to 20863 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite B3-C, which we had leased for the first Apple office.

He called me and [Randy Wigginton] and invited us to come over. The room was mostly empty. Carpeting on the left side, linoleum on the right.

The only thing in the room was a lot of Bell 2565HK five-line phones. They were wired to a Centrex system in the PO.

Woz, of course, knew all about these phones but had never had a Centrex of his own to play with. So he invented a game for us.

We’d each take a phone and start with it on-hook, then try to dial each others’ extension. You have to hand up to redial, leaving you open.

If you got rung 5 times you were out. We played that game for an hour, then went to Bob’s Big Boy down the street.


See You Next Year [UPDATED]


iPhone 7. The iPhone 6 and 6s on steroids. If I was in the market for a new phone, this is the phone I would buy.

However, unless my current iPhone 6 (yikes! I’m still carrying a two-year-old phone!) dies or gets stolen any time soon, I’m not in the market for a new phone. Ditto for Eka (and then some). Everything new in the 7 is great but not so great that it instantly obsoletes my phone. And now that the carriers are no longer subsidizing the phone purchase, I am dis-incentivized to get a new phone every year. Life goes on.

So I’m holding out for next year’s tenth anniversary iPhone which, by all accounts, will be a revolutionary re-design and maybe maybe chock full of some cool new stuff, an iPhone truly worth the wait.

UPDATE (September 20 2016): Next year is now, next year is today. The battery in my iPhone 6 is stuttering and Verizon tempted me with an offer I couldn’t refuse so…

The Talk Show Live, 6/14/16


The Talk Show Live | The Mezzanine, San Francisco | Tuesday June 14 2016

The red arrow is pointing at Yours Truly in the sixth row.

Photo: Marco Arment

Full video:

The Talk Show Live From WWDC 2016 from John Gruber on Vimeo.

40 Years in 40 Seconds

John Siracusa's quibbles: 1) the elements aren't chronological and 2) the Newton erasure doesn't end with the Newton OS's signature puff of smoke.

Agreed. But lovely nonetheless.

Stand With Tim

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Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.

We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.

While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.

Tim Cook

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