30 Years Since The 1st Apple Mac Went On Sale

On 24 January 1984 the first Apple Macintosh computer went on sale. The Apple prided itself on its user-friendly interface, came in a nine inch black and white monitor, accommodated one 3.5 inch floppy disc, and ran the Mac OS 1.0.

Apple has long been synonymous with Ireland and set up a manufacturing plant in Hollyhill Industrial Estate overlooking Cork city. On 25 November 1980 the programme 'Public Account' broadcast a report by Pat Kenny from the Apple plant in Cork, when Pat met up with self-made millionaire and Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs (1980)
Steve Jobs chats to Pat Kenny at the newly opened Apple plant in Cork (1980)

Pat Kenny speaks to Steve Jobs about the origins of Apple and how they came to set up their manufacturing plant in Cork. Steve comments "We started off building a computer because we couldn't afford to buy one". Then all their friends wanted one which gave them the initial market indication that there was a demand for computers. Steve differentiates Apple computers as more "sophisticated" than other computers. Steve predicts that computers will be used extensively in the home, in education and in business. When questioned about the usabilitiy of the Apple, Steve comments that the computer weighs about 12lbs, so "if you don't like what it's doing, you can throw it out the window".

When the Apple plant opened it was somewhat unconventional in its treatment of its workers. Apple operated a "no clock-in" policy opting instead to trust their employees.

This episode of the programme 'Public Account' was broadcast on 26 November, 1980.

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