Today in Apple history: QuickTime brings video to the masses

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Do you remember QuickTime 1.0?
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Dec2December 2, 1991: Apple ships its first public version of QuickTime, bringing video to Mac users running System 7.

Containing codecs for graphics, animation and video, QuickTime confirms Apple’s status as a leading multimedia tech company — and starts us all off on the path to playing video on our computers, which eventually leads to iTunes Movies, YouTube and more.

Today in Apple history: QuickTime 5 takes the world by storm

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QuickTime 5 was being downloaded 1 million times every three days.
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this week in appleNovember 28, 2001: Apple says QuickTime 5 is being downloaded for Mac and PC a million times every three days, putting the software on track to exceed 100 million downloads in its first year of distribution.

The announcement comes as more and more websites adopt the MPEG-4 format for online videos, which is just starting to take off in a big way. In a pre-YouTube world, Apple has everything to gain!

Ex-NSA staffer reveals way to hack Mac’s camera and mic

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You might want to put tape over your webcam.
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Security researchers discovered a new way to hack the Mac’s built-in webcam this week, and the method is undetectable by users.

Apple built a green LED light into every Mac with firmware-level protection that turns on anytime the sensor is tripped by unauthorized access. The security feature has become increasingly difficult for hackers to beat, but former NSA staffer Patrick Wardle found a way to piggyback on outgoing feeds and record them.

Today in Apple history: QuickTime brings video to the Mac

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QuickTime was a breakthrough for Macs.
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July 8 July 8, 1991: The first beta version of QuickTime arrives, making it possible for people to play movies on their Macs for the first time, with no extra hardware needed.

While allowing videos to run on a computer seems par for the course in 2016, QuickTime represented an enormous leap forward in 1991 — and cemented Apple’s position as a groundbreaking computer company for creatives.