4:31 PM PDT 10/11/2011 by Rebecca Ford, Patrick Kevin Day, Chris Godley
Steve Jobs, who died on October 5, left behind a legacy of innovation that includes the iPod, iMac, iTunes and the iPad. His influence reached far beyond the tech sector, however, with his products being featured in many television episodes and films. Without these products, how would these fictional characters ever have sent an lust-filled e-mail or danced an angst-filled routine?
Carrie Bradshow (Sarah Jessica Parker) spent years typing up her columns on a Mac on Sex and the City. In one episode, her Mac suffered a fatal error (a bomb image showed up on the screen) and Carrie, who did not back up her work, worried about losing her life's work. Luckily, nice guy boyfriend, Aiden (John Corbett), bought her a new Apple.
Who knew the late '90s show Felicity was so ahead of the time? In one scene, J.J. Abrams' show even seemed to predict the future by mentioning the iPad -- long before it had been invented. Amy Smart's character tells Felicity (Keri Russell) that she's buying a computer and she doesn't know what to get, saying "There's PCs, there iMacs, there's Thinkbooks, there's iPads. I really don't know where to start."
Like most teens today, Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) listens to his iPod to tune out the world while rebuilding a car into working shape. Unlike most kids today, he breaks out into a complicated dance routine in an abandoned warehouse to vent his feelings. What the car stereo was to the original Footloose, the iPod is to the remake.
ABC's Modern Family presented the iPad to the world with an entire episode revolving around the then-new product. In the story, Phil (Ty Burrell) says all he wants for his birthday is an iPad, so his wife, Claire (Julie Bowen), spends the entire day attempting to get him the prized product which is quickly selling out in stores.
On Seinfeld, Jerry had an old-school Mac, an SE/30, in his apartment. The star, Jerry Seinfeld, however, was actually featured in Microsoft commercials with Bill Gates in 2008 that were competing against Apple.
The West Wing staffers were mostly Mac users. In early episodes, the Apple logo looks upside down because they used the PowerBook G3. Later on, they switched to the Titanium G4s which had the logo right-side up when open. In real life, the Bush Administration used PCs.