Apple may very well be the most important global brand to have emerged in the last three decades. Their products are distinctly recognizable, intensely innovative, and have been at the forefront of the recent technological revolution. Many love Apple, others hate it, but few can ignore it. Today, Apple is an international icon, a profoundly influential company, and a leader in technological design. Here’s a look at some of the products that helped catapult them from startup to stardom.
Apple’s first computer was released in 1976: the Apple 1. It required a bit of assembly, was often cased in a wooden frame, and was handmade. But even this first computer displayed all the hallmarks that characterize Apple’s best products: it was user-friendly, efficiently designed, and uniquely styled. Since that historic debut, Apple’s line has continued to evolve and impress with such innovative machines as the original 1984 Macintosh (groundbreaking for its introduction of a graphical user interface); the unmistakable, brightly colored, and self-contained iMac of 1998; 2000’s equally unique iBook; and the most recent Macbook Pro and Macbook Air. Of course, there have been dozens of other incredible computers along the way.
Apple has sold more than 300 million iPods. They have also release 24 unique versions of it, including the Shuffle, Nano, Mini, Touch, and a whole slough of others. They virtually created the now-massive market for personal MP3 players, and forever changed the music industry in the process. With the advent of iTunes, they certainly revolutionized the way music is purchased, downloaded, and distributed.
Apple may not have invented the smartphone, but when the iPhone was released in 2007 it completely redefined the technology. Without question, the iPhone was a whole lot smarter than any phone the world had ever seen. Now, with the recent release of their 5th generation iPhone, Apple continues to set the standard in smartphone technology.
The iPad picked up the torch lit by the iPhone and has been running with it since 2010. The great appeal of the iPhone is that it combines just about every feature you could possibly hope for in a handheld device, while being remarkably easy to use, fast, and incredibly sleek. But there are many limitations to such a small device. Whereas the iPhone is a phone first (which also includes everything else), the iPad is a computer first, but it eliminates everything inessential and amplifies the functionality of everything it needs. The result is arguably the sleekest, fastest, most function and versatile device ever produced.
The New iPad 3 is currently the pinnacle of this technology. Though not much different in appearance, it improves upon the previous iPad’s photo interface, browsing ability, video playback, iSight camera (now 5 megapixels), and overall speed. But best of all, the new iPad has a Retina display; Apple’s most phenomenal recent innovation which packs 1536 x 2048 pixels into the small tablet. That’s more than most HD TVs!
Since its inception, Apple has been a leading innovator and stylist in the technology world. They’ve proven that efficient, thoughtful design should be one of the biggest concerns for technology developers. It isn’t just what our devices can do, but how they can do it. The iPad 3 was only just released, but already we can’t wait to see what Apple will come up with next.
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