This ad is still relevant.
I'm not interested in the haters "witty" insights as to how Apple users are the one being brainwashed
30 years, and Apple had changed the world again and again. Creating new products and new categories. Other companies followed with good and not so good products for those categories, but you would not have Android with out iOS, you would not have Galaxy, and Nexus without iPhone. You would bot see modern tablets without the iPad, and to this day there never was a better music player than the iPod.
The brainwashing is not about "following" a company. It's about using what there is instead of looking at what could be.
That is why we need Apple, because they break the barriers again and again. Because they create new playgrounds for others to play in. Playgrounds that others did not bother to try and create or didn't even imagine possible.
Apple put out a video to celebrate the event, and created a great page for it with great stories about the people who used the various versions. It's very Apple to talk about the people, to talk about the why.
Happy birthday Mac, getting you into my life was one of the best gifts I ever got.
Happy birthday Apple. Glad you're still here.