“Let me describe the world I live in.”

This is how Steve Jobs started sharing his vision for what we know today as cloud computing, back in 1997 during a WWDC Q&A session with developers.

It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come. From the simple formulation of his vision to the implementation of it, Steve Jobs was right on. See for yourself…

Obviously, he didn’t invent cloud computing but he sure did an amazing job at bringing his vision to life.

His final words:

“I can’t communicate to you how awesome this is unless you use it. And what you would decide within a day or two is that carrying around these non-connected computers or computers with tons of state in them — tons of data and state in them — is Byzantine by comparison.”

Cloud computing is just starting. We haven’t seen anything yet.


  • QuarterSwede

    He’s describing devices as dumb terminals for consumers and has obviously been pushing that since. This is definitely where Apple is headed and I love it!

    • Polemicist

      iCloud computing allows companies to have control over the applications they release. It closes off the application and puts everything into a sandbox iOS applications are the perfect example of this. Dumb terminal systems have been around for many years prior to Jobs little vision in 1997. UNIX systems did this years before he ever started preaching about it. So the UNIX dumb terminal with the application sitting on the server is just a LAN version of the iCloud. Old technology a lot older that what Josh is talking about below.

      Yes it has its advantages but it also removes your privacy and security. There is no such thing as a secure network and everyone seems to love the idea of using apps online? Seems a little odd to me.

      • Polemicist

        Just as a side note… Even the NSA considers that their networks are not secure.


        Good read.

        And here you all are loving the idea of having your applications on a server. WOW. I’ll be the first to jump on and turn your web cam on and watch you picking your nose or worse. iCloud applications will give people access to your systems even if you are using VPN systems to connect to that server. *sighs* Cyber noobs love the iCloud. Enjoy your demise.

  • Josh

    “Cloud computing is just starting”? I don’t think so. In fact, it started 9 or 10 years ago with Google.

    • God

      Elaborate.. You can’t just comment something like that and leave it alone… How did it start with google… I’m curious???

      • OCD Steve Jobs

        i had zdrive back in the late 90s.

  • God

    Yeah, that just convinced me…. The new CEO is following a VERY DETAILED RUBRIC of Apples plans for at least the next 10 to 15 years… watch, next we are going to be watching a video of Steve talking about something that exist now(future) but at the time the video was made, was only a dream for most companies…

  • Y not post something interesting like tge new apple store that opened 2day near vancouver

    • stephen

      its sad that you find that more interesting than this, a new store opens all the time, I for one am glad that this article is different than “new store opens in…” and “this is what the new iPhone COULD look like” articles. Way to switch it up

      • Well i’m personally more interested in current news than something that happened 14 years ago

      • Craig

        What are you talking about, almost every other article is “this is what the new iPhone could look like” and “the new iPhone leeked this n that”

  • Nils Aakesson

    Jerks! Apple is soon to deliver a profound new way to make easy computing. No one has ever done what Apple is ajour to dó with iCloud. Jerks

  • PeeisBASED

    Apple is going to take an idea that they didn’t necessarily create, but revolutionize it into something beyond what it is and what it will be. And that comment about watching Steve Jobs videos during events like WWDC in the future of him in the past which is our present.