Video: Steve Jobs Presents First Mac to the Boston Computer Society

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A video of Steve Jobs’s historic presentation of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) first Macintosh computer to the Boston Computer Society has recently surfaced online. The release of the video was prompted by TIME’s Harry McCracken, who sought out Glenn Koenig, one of the videographers who recorded the meeting. Koenig submitted his recording of the Macintosh presentation along with video footage from other videographers to the Computer History Museum in California. The Computer History Museum digitized the video footage and allowed TIME to be the first media outlet to debut the video.

Although the presentation to the Boston Computer Society was preceded by a presentation made to investors in Cupertino, California the week before, it is markedly different from the previous presentation for several reasons. First, the Boston presentation focused solely on the Macintosh rather than the company’s finances. Second, the Boston presentation was longer and included more details about the product. Finally, the Boston presentation finished with a question-and-answer session that not only included Steve Jobs and the original Macintosh team, but also Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

The release of this video comes at an opportune time, since Apple recently celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of its Mac product line. In the video, Jobs opens his presentation by echoing the theme of the company’s iconic “1984” television commercial that aired during Super Bowl XVIII. Jobs traces the histories of IBM and Apple and describes his company as “the only hope” for overcoming “an IBM-controlled and dominated future.” The full video can be seen below.

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