Apple’s eWorld, Circa 1996

I started using a Mac in 1993. I got a lot of mileage from my first, learning my way around computers, and how to destroy them. By the time eWorld came along, understood computers. Little did I understand about the Internet in 1996.

The intro window of Macintosh's eWorld application

The intro window of Macintosh's eWorld application

Users accessed eWorld through custom client software written by Apple and connected using a traditional dial-up modem hooked to a telephone line. Upon connecting to the service, the eWorld software displayed a playfully-illustrated aerial view of a small city. Each building in the city represented a different topical focus for the service, containing articles, chat rooms, discussion boards, and file downloads centered around various themes.

I remember seeing eWorld on my Mac, and not comprehending it. It was ahead of its time. Still, it was an interesting service that Apple once offered, and I enjoyed the Macworld article reflecting on its history.


Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.