38 years ago this year Apple Computer began producing the Apple II. It was their first big product, and for many people it was the first computer that they used. It cost $1,298 in 1977, which would be $5,057.47 today. It ran BASIC, had a processor running at barely over 1MHz, no hard drive or storage, and started with 4kb of RAM. It came with no monitor, and it had no mouse as you controlled the computer through commands with the keyboard. It was larger than any computer considered even vaguely portable today, and it weighed 11&1/2 pounds.
Two days ago I received my Apple Watch on my front doorstep. It cost me $400, has the entirety of the essential computer components on a chip slightly larger than a postage stamp, it networks with my favorite apps and my iPhone through the Internet and Bluetooth, has a color touchscreen, speaker, microphone, and lasts all day on a charge despite being only the size of an average watch.
We live in the future.