Apple’s most famous innovations
IPod, launched in 2001, was just one of the many MP3 players of the time, but was the one that, surely, had the biggest impact. It could store around 1000 songs at a time when it was practically inconceivable to create playlists and shuffle tracks. The digital music revolution had started.
GUI, or Graphical User Interface, was recognized by no other than Steve Jobs, as the next step in computer development. They know how to uninstall programs on mac on the easy way, full explanation can be found here. This was in 1984 and today almost every computer communicates to its user through a GUI. Even though it was not conceived at Apple, Jobs was far sighted enough to see its future value – Apple built around the ideas of Xerox Park. Command prompts and codes were history and a much more accessible computer was born.
IMac appeared in 1998 and marked in turn-around in Apple’s business. The company got back to the path of success with the introduction of this model. IMac was new, fun and sported the new aesthetics we all now know Apple for.
ITunes, Apple’s music software, integrates music marketing and online user interface, basically for the entire Apple’s product line. ITunes was, in many cases, the first contact with Apple’s brand for new consumers, and, also, played a gigantic role in the digitation of music industry. ITunes was the first to offer individual songs for sale, as opposed to the traditional approach of album sales.
OS X, the operating system for Mac computers, is praised for its elegance, ease of use and simple interface. Some critics state that it holds an edge over Microsoft’s Windows because of its innovation and new features.
iPhone, the gadget that made a difference and started a smartphone revolution, a gadget that combines a telephone with a music player, video player, internet browser and so much more. IPhone grabbed the market thanks to good marketing, good looks and ease of use. Also, the potential of development was basically limitless.
Newton, a predecessor of modern day smartphones, was a personal digital assistant in the time well before tablets. Even though it was not a commercial success, it paved the way for new ideas and the true Apple enthusiasts still remember its neat interface and handwriting recognition.
Apple II, released in 1977 and sold all the way to 1993, was probably one of the most popular personal computers that found its way to many schools and homes across USA. It was a quality built machine, with a long lifecycle and some pioneering programs, such as VisiCalc.
MacBook Air, the super thin laptop, with a mere 1.94 of thickness at its widest point, was an instant hit when it came out, even with the 1500 euro price. Yet, it prompted other manufacturers to bring out their guns.
IPod, built on the foundations of the Newton, was, at the words of Jobs: „a new category of devices“. It truly was: Apple sold more than 260 million iPods so far.
Finally, Apple Watch, released in Sep of 2014, after years of speculation, will maybe kick start a new revolution, who knows?