That was the monicker Apple stuck on the Mac. It didn’t happen. Despite advancements far beyond MS-DOS and early Windows, the Mac failed as a computer for the rest of us.
William Gallagher argues the iPhone is ‘the computer for the rest of us.’ Bill Gates:
On Sunday, January 7, 2007, Bill Gates gave the keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Hammering home Microsoft’s buzz phrase ‘Digital Decade’, he talked about how great hardware wasn’t enough, that we needed connected experiences. “Where people are being productive, doing new creative things, where they’re mobile… that is the key element that is missing.”
Mobile devices sucked. That changed.
Two days later and around 400 miles away, Steve Jobs introduced the very device, the very experience that Gates said was missing. He introduced the iPhone at Macworld San Francisco. While Jobs didn’t use the term ‘post-PC era’ then, that’s what the iPhone created. This was truly the device for productive, creative people on the move and it didn’t run Windows Vista.
What a change.