20 years of Apple: Michael Simmons

As part of the celebrations for our 20th anniversary, we asked some of our friends to tell us what Apple has meant to them over the 20 years we’ve been here to cover it. Don’t forget that as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, you can win an iPad mini by voting in our poll to select the best Apple products of the last two decades, and download our very first issue from 1993, enhanced with optional text, audio and video interviews, completely free inside our award-winning app edition!

Michael Simmons, creator of Fantastical among other things, remembers the days when Apple was popularly seen to be doomed:

“Many things change yet many things stay the same. I started working in the Apple industry a long, long time ago. Back in 2000, I was moving from New York to California to go work at a Mac software company and I remember flying out and someone on the flight asked me what I did for a living. When I told him, his reply was something along the lines of “You’re picking up your life and moving cross-country to work for a company that makes Apple software? But isn’t Apple about to go out of business?”

“It’s funny, I never considered this whatsoever. I simply loved the platform and loved the work I was getting to do. That’s why I’m still doing what I’m doing and I’m sure it’s also why MacFormat is still doing what they’re doing. Here’s to another 20 years!”