The first MacWorld convention was held in 1985, back before computers were a household appliance and cell phones were more of a luxury rather than the necessity they are today. Being that Silicon Valley is just a short drive south, it made sense that San Francisco would be the first city to host this three to four day event during which technological masterminds of Apple got together to compare notes, brainstorm ideas and, more importantly, reveal their latest inventions.
Today the event has been renamed the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and changed locations to San Jose, but it still showcases the technological innovations that continue to influence everyday life, as it did from the start.
As mentioned, the MacWorld Convention goes as far back as 1985. While some noteworthy products were released in those early years — ImageWriter LQ, AppleShare PC, AppleFax and Power Macintosh — the real fun began in 1997, upon the reintroduction of Steve Jobs into Apple.
You may already know that Steve Jobs was released from his position at Apple in 1985, when Jobs and John Scully, the man he recruited from Pepsi-Cola to be his chief executive, underwent a power struggle that ultimately lead to Apple’s board siding with the CEO. Jobs, feeling hurt, betrayed and, most of all, angry, went on to create two other successful brands: NeXT and Pixar. As Apple began to struggle and lose billions in sales year after year, NeXT and Pixar flourished. In 1996, Apple acquired NeXT and Jobs along with it. At the 1997 MacWorld Convention, Jobs took to the stage to discuss the new direction in which Apple was headed and to introduce the new board of directors, which included himself.
After that exciting event, Jobs spoke at almost every meeting and introduced a new product or three. From the G3 Chip to Safari, and from the iMac G4 to the legendary iPhone, Jobs and company revealed it all at the MacWorld Convention.
Apple did not just change the face of technology — it changed the modern-day way of living. Thanks to the tech giant, consumers do not just want but expect to be able to access everything from question answers to music to photos at their fingertips. If a device isn’t capable of taking pictures, playing music, providing directions and giving attitude, it’s considered archaic. This is, for the most part, thanks to Jobs and team.
When Apple revealed a product, it didn’t reveal just a product — it revealed a newer, better and more convenient way of doing things. Case in point: these are, arguably, the five most life-changing products to ever be revealed at the MacWorld Convention:
The MacWorld Convention gave rise to a lot of exceptional products, many of which consumers continue to use today. While all innovation should certainly be applauded, very few products have changed the way we live. As it happens, many that have had the most significant impact have been produced by Apple. Get your life-changing products such as the Apple Watch, iPhone, Apple TV and more from your local cell phone carrier.