Previously Unseen Video Shows Young Steve Jobs Discussing The Macintosh [Video]

There are very few computers in history more famous than the Macintosh 128K. As a result, it’s pretty hard to unearth any new information about it.

Fortunately, that is exactly what has managed to do, having discovered a video of Steve Jobs and the Mac team discussing the Macintosh shortly after its 1984 launch.

While the video of Jobs unveiling the Mac at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting on January 24, 1984 is very well known, this later video shows a repeat performance of the presentation he delivered a few days after — on January 30 — for a crowd at the Boston Computer Society.

Although most of what Jobs says during his speech is the same as at the January 24 unveiling, not only is the video (and Jobs’ performance) significantly better — but there’s also a fascinating Q&A session afterwards in which Jobs and the Mac team are grilled on everything from justifying text in MacWrite, to the release date of forthcoming software.

If you have a spare 90 minutes, it’s well worth watching the whole thing.


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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Apple Revolution, published by Random House, and is currently writing a book about algorithms for Random House/Penguin to be published in 2014. He also covers the digital humanities for Fast Company. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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