When the Macintosh was launched in 1984, it was not an immediate success. It took a good while to catch on. Apple’s big seller up to early nineties was the Apple II line of computers. And what was not to like about the Apple II? It was expandable, user-friendly, programmable, tons of software, great support – then Apple pulled the plug to focus on the Mac line of computers. Nothing but the GUI and mouse from now on. Tim Cook has now now tipped Apple’s hand that the Mac may now be on it’s way out in favor of mobile devices such as the upcoming iPad and of course it’s popular iPhone/iTouch line up. If you thought the outcry for the demise of the Apple II was huge – this is going to be a tsunami. This will probably be a very slow phase out, like say three to seven years from now, depending “conditioning” of market. If Apple gets out of personal computing hardware market in favor of mobile devices, that could mean OS X might be made portable to non-Apple PCs for programming purposes – I can’t imagine doing any useful programming work on the iPad without hooking up the peripheral keyboard (COSTS WAY EXTRA) right off the bat. And Apple likes to control the users (and programmers) experience very rigidly.