20 years of Apple: Stan Schroeder

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!

One of the folks we asked about Apple in 1993 and since then was Stan Schroeder, the European editor at Mashable; here’s what he had to say:

“I was not an Apple fan back in 1993. I was using an Intel 486 PC, and Apple – which was very slowly gaining popularity here in Croatia back then, primarily amongst designers – wasn’t even on my radar. Frankly, I hated the company’s closed walls, and I was defiantly rocking an iRiver MP3 player back when the iPod was all the rage. The key Apple gadget that changed my mind and turned me into a fan (not a fanboy, mind you) was the iPod Shuffle, which came out in 2005. I laughed at Steve Jobs’ presentation of the display-less MP3 player, and I scoffed at the idea that less features could be a positive thing. Then, someone gave one to me, and I realised it freed me of all those extra things I did not want to do: it was just about listening to music. And, when the iPhone came out, I was truly amazed – for the first time perhaps – by a cellphone. It was so radically different and so much better than any other “smart” phone out there, that I instantly knew it was going to be huge. I guess I should’ve bought Apple stock back then :)