The iPod isn't dead (at least in For All Mankind season 3)
What you need to know
- For All Mankind season three is full of Apple Easter eggs.
- An iPod has made an appearance in one episode.
- A Mac running macOS and featuring an oddly-placed Dock cropped up, too.
Apple TV+ was always going to be a good place for Apple to place its products and For All Mankind season three is definitely pulling its weight. Now, the show has given us a look at an iPod as well as a somewhat concerning macOS Dock placement.
Let's start with the iPod with a shot showing music being played via its headphone jack. This actually means the For All Mankind alternate timeline actually got the iPod before we did — the music box was released in 2001 here, but For All Mankind season 3 is set in the 1990s. Lucky them!
In the alternative past of For All Mankind the original iPod beat its 2001 launch by a good 7 years! pic.twitter.com/s9tVIsEstDIn the alternative past of For All Mankind the original iPod beat its 2001 launch by a good 7 years! pic.twitter.com/s9tVIsEstD— Tim Chaten (@iPadProsPodcast) July 1, 2022July 1, 2022
Next up is a screenshot that shows Ed Baldwin stood with a bank of displays in the background, but those paying close attention will have spotted what looks like macOS Monterey running on one of the machines — with the Dock at the bottom.
I regret to inform you that even in an alternate timeline, and even in deep space, there are still people who keep their macOS dock at the bottom
(For All Mankind, S03E04) pic.twitter.com/SyoaQAJAKxI regret to inform you that even in an alternate timeline, and even in deep space, there are still people who keep their macOS dock at the bottom
(For All Mankind, S03E04) pic.twitter.com/SyoaQAJAKx— Federico Viticci (@viticci) July 2, 2022July 2, 2022
Now, Dock placement is something of a contentious issue for many Mac users and that's an argument for another time. But also notable is the Apple TV app that's also sat in that dock alongside the Podcasts, App Store, and Apple Music icons. That iPod was one thing, but it looks like the For All Mankind timeline was a good 20 years ahead of us in terms of streaming services.
What a time to be alive!
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.