Welcome to #ThrowbackThursday! This week, with Apple’s much-hyped keynote and the announcement of the iPhone X we’re looking back at our first Apple products and devices.
Angela Leavitt, Founder & Chief Mojo-Making Officer
My first apple product was the iPod Shuffle, and I still have it to this day! I used it primarily for workouts and loved how easy and light it was. I got it sometime in 2006, so the playlist included Nelly Furtado, Evanescence, Ne-Yo and LOTS of Justin Timberlake.
It wasn’t long after that I hopped on the iPhone train, and today I’m the proud owner of a MacBook Pro and an iPad. I’m all in on Apple products, so I’m excited to see what this latest round of products will be received.
Juliana Kenny, Content Manager
My first Apple product was the Macintosh Color Classic computer that my family owned. It was released in 1993, and using it to type letters onto “documents” is my first memory of using technology at all.
I remember being fascinated with the mystical connection between moving the mouse and the tiny arrow on the screen. 24 short years later, the iPhone X is blowing my mind in a similar way. Human inventions are nuts!
Justine Dolorfino-Thieman, Digital Strategist
Though I used Macintoshes in grade school and on, my first personal Apple product was the 3rd generation iPod. As a musician in my spare time — and the daughter of an avid CD and vinyl collector — music has always been important to me.
By the time that i got this iPod in 2004, I had already built up a considerable CD and MP3 collection as well, but I was tethered to the stereo and desktop in my room whenever I wanted to listen to my tunes. (When my parents were amenable, we would listen to mix CDs I’d made while on road trips, but that was a rare occasion.)
I got my iPod right before going on a trip up north to Mackinac Island, Michigan, and it felt so freeing to be able to listen to my music hours away from home. It was nearly absurd, thinking about how the little device in my hands could hold 20GB of music, and my… acquiring of music… picked up as I became determined to fill up all of its storage with more and more MP3s.
From there, I would go on to obtain a Macbook for college, an iPod Shuffle for workouts, an iPhone to replace my flip phone, an Apple TV for my living room, and an Apple Watch for my wrist… Needless to say, after Tuesday’s keynote presentation, I’m holding on tightly to my wallet in an attempt to resist the urge to upgrade everything.
Andrea McCarter, Project Coordinator
My first Apple product was the first generation iPod shuffle. This model did not have a screen, and instead had a click wheel navigation to change songs and a flashing green light indicator.
At a whopping 512MB it held up to 120 songs. This felt like a lot at the time, but in comparison to the 64GB iPhone I have today, I’m not sure how I ever survived with such a limited song choice!
This model also shuffled with a “shake”, so instead of pressing the next button I would just shake my hand violently. I can’t say I miss that.
I also remember loving the way the distinctive white earbuds looked. It was like whoever wore them was part of an exclusive club. It was my first taste of being a part of the Apple “cult” and I have definitely been hooked since!
Tom Ladeau, Social Media Manager
Aside from using old Macs in school for typing practice and math games, my first Apple product was also a 3rd gen iPod. It was a discounted display model I bought at Circuit City.
I had a diskman cd player that I was using previously, but it was great to be able to carry around all of my music at once. I don’t remember the fact that it was an Apple product prompting me to buy it. It was more that there were no other mp3 players in existence that worked well. I actually remember being skeptical about it because it was an expensive Apple device.
Since then I’ve barely spent any money with Apple. I bought a newer iPod off a friend who got it for free with a new Apple laptop, and then later got an iPhone 5s through work — that I still have.
I used a Macbook Pro at work for years, but still decided to buy a Windows laptop most recently. I’m likely to buy another iPhone when it’s time to upgrade, but the difference in price of Macbooks versus other laptops doesn’t make sense to me. I wouldn’t get one without a specific need.
Michael McCarthy, Account Executive
My earliest memory of an Apple product was an early Macintosh computer that we had in our home. It must have been the early 90’s and the computer was a bulky, grey box with a small screen.
It wasn’t so much the computer functions that I remember since I was too young to really take advantage of them. What I remember about it was a game that I would play endlessly called, “ShufflePuck Café”.
If you had the pleasure of playing this game then you know just how magical it was at the time it came out. You would play shuffle puck, hence the name, against an array of interesting characters. When you scored a point the screen would crack, which was a nice added effect.
There was one opponent, a giraffe I believe, who would take a sip of his martini every time you scored a point against him. He would get more and more wobbly until you defeated him at which point he would collapse, assumingly from being completely inebriated.
Anyways, I think this is when I fell in love with Apple products, they got to me at an early age.