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The Mac at 30: The next 30 years

Dan Moren | Jan. 28, 2014
For 30 years now, we've lived with the Mac, through the good, the bad, and even the ugly. But as we celebrate this momentous anniversary, I found myself wondering just how much longer the Mac we know and love will continue to be an integral part of our lives.

So what's left but to look forward? Ten years from now, will we still be using Macs? I think so. But 20 or 30? I'm not so sure; I think we're closer to the end of the Mac's life than we are to the beginning — especially considering Apple's propensity for innovating. Despite Apple's own insistence that the Mac will go on forever, the way we interact with technology is changing rapidly; all good things, as the saying goes, must eventually come to an end. 

For now, though, Apple's success of recent years shows no signs of abating, and that means the Mac will be with us until it's no longer profitable. We're a long way from the doldrums of the 1990s, and despite any worry that the Mac has found itself overshadowed by its smaller, sleeker cousins, the rising tide of the iPad and iPhone have lifted the Mac's boat, too.

So don't consign your Mac to the dustbin of history just yet — like a certain hunk of junk, it may not look like much, it's got it where it counts.


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