There’s no denying it.
Apple is a company that has touched the lives of many; perhaps even our souls.
I never knew much about Apple until after the death of founder Steve Jobs.
Here’s the deal:
When you go back and listen to the story of Apple’s humble beginnings in Cupertino, California to becoming the most profitable company on earth:
You find a fascinating array of products.
Products that over the many long years have been refined and chiseled down to the point where what was cutting edge 30 years ago has become obsolete today.
The same gigantic personal computers that served us 30 years ago have been completely outdone by the much smaller handheld PC’s we carry in our pockets today; the iPhone.
Apple’s journey through the years has been filled with technological innovation and unconventional thinking.
The idea to name a technology company after a fruit is poetic.
Poetic in the sense that you could take this really hard and challenging task of building personal computers for everyone and make it seem colorful.
By naming a company that deals with hundreds of thousands of lines of code after a fruit:
You trim the edges off the burden of such a monumental undertaking and ease the tension.
You make it seem as though any one can participate in the experiment.
Without a doubt:
It was a genius move by Steve Jobs.
There’s no denying the fact:
Apple has fundamentally changed our lives.
Doing so is no small accomplishment either.
To move society in a direction where now everyone has a supercomputer inside their pocket is incredible!
Here I thought Google was a really well known brand.
Until Apple took over as being an even more valuable global brand.
That’s a testament to their ever-growing popularity among consumers.
It’s no surprise:
Apple’s recent success has been heavily dependent upon the iPhone.
There’s a very simple reason for this:
The iPhone is such a handy tool to carry on your person.
You can watch videos on it, play games on it, make phone calls on it, pull up a compass on it, use a flashlight on it, and so much more!
When you combine all of these useful features into one single portable device:
It’s easy to see why the iPhone has been so successful.
Let’s take a look at some of Apple’s products over the years.
The Apple l.
This is where it all began.
You may not know:
The Apple 1 was released way back in 1976.
It was actually hand built by Steve Wozniak with Steve Jobs having the idea of selling the personal computer for profit.
It wasn’t until around the time the Apple ll came out that the personal computer finally started to hold mass market appeal.
The Apple ll is credited with having started the boom in personal computer sales in the late 1970s.
The Apple lll meant business.
It was geared towards the business personal computing market.
The Apple lll was largely a whopping failure and would soon face a recall due to instability issues.
Prior to the release of the Macintosh 1 in January of 1984:
All computers were ‘text-based’ in that you operated them by typing words onto the keyboard.
That all changed when the Macintosh introduced on-screen icons which you could click on using a “mouse.”
The Macintosh 1 was considered to be the first commercially successful computer to use a Graphical User Interface (GUI).
Now these are the computers I remember seeing when I was a kid.
Rolled out in 1987:
The Macintosh II was the first modular Mac.
Options included two 800K floppy drives and a hard drive as big as 5.25″.
For its time:
This thing really packed a wallop.
The Macintosh LC (LC stood for “Low-Cost Color”).
Aimed for release at the low-end consumer market:
It was the first affordable color-capable Macintosh.
Because of its affordability many homes and schools were quick to adopt its use.
As the first truly useful portable Macintosh computer:
The PowerBook generated significant sales and buzz for Apple.
The company sold well over 100,000 in the first three months alone that the product was on the market.
This led to an excess of $1 billion in sales in the first year alone!
The successor to the PowerBook:
The Macbook was truly an astonishing product release from Apple.
Apple transitioned to using Intel processors inside of their laptops and sales jumped as a result!
In fact, in 2008:
The MacBook was the best-selling laptop of any brand in the United States.
The iMac was a gorgeous piece of technology.
Announced alongside the MacBook Pro in 2006:
This was the first ever desktop Mac to be based on an Intel processor.
It ran two processor cores on a single chip.
That’s better than two bags of potato chips!
Announced on June of 2003:
The Power Macintosh G5 (or simply PowerMac, for short) was a game-changer.
It was a huge leap forward in both processor and machine design.
Housed in a beautiful aluminum enclosure:
The PowerMac included a variety of motherboard enhancements and was an all-around attractive PC to look at and use.
Apple had done it again!
They had innovated and this time with a trash can.
The Mac Pro offered insane levels of speed and performance compared to its predecessor.
Note the very small footprint of the product and how great it looks in its own skin.
Ah, the ever-ugly Apple Newton.
This product was a mistake.
Just so we are all clear on this:
The Newton was released during Steve Job’s absence from Apple.
So it wasn’t his fault that this thing ever saw the light of day.
Steve Job’s return to Apple saw the Newton absorbed by the iPad which, as we all know:
The iPad was an immensely popular product release by Apple.
Tablet use saw a dramatic rise in popularity thanks to the introduction of the iPad in 2010.
Within 2 months of its release:
The iPad had become a massive success, selling a million units in less than 2 months!
Released in 1993:
The Apple PowerCD was the company’s first ever stand-alone consumer device.
It did not require a computer to operate!
In reality though:
It was just a rebranded Phillips-designed CD player which could be purchased along side AppleDesign Powered Speakers.
The PowerCD did not sell very well and ended up being discontinued several years later.
This was one of Apple’s all-time masterpieces which released in November of 2001:
The Apple iPod.
This was one of those products that revolutionized an entire industry!
The iPod presented consumers with a very attractive form factor in which they could store their audio files to take on the go.
Here’s what it means to strip down a product:
The iPod touch was introduced in 2007 and was nearly identical to the iPhone without the phone (also minus the camera and Bluetooth).
It took a really stellar product and stripped it down to one of its core features.
Hey, people bought it, didn’t they?
Apple never really put a lot of effort into the Apple TV.
First let me start off by saying:
The Apple TV is not an actual TV.
It’s a box which connects to your television and WiFi internet thereby allowing you to stream several preset channels from the internet.
Weird, I know.
The Apple watch.
I have immense respect and admiration for a company that would go out of their comfort zone to tackle the smart watch market.
They did an incredible job with this watch and I’m sure over the years:
They’ll continue to refine and iterate upon the product.
This was the beginning of a revolution in mobile computing.
Although the release of the original iPhone on June 2007 wasn’t all that it was hyped to be:
It did set the standard by which Apple and the rest of the mobile industry would continue to innovate for years to come.
Battery life on the iPhone 3G was a huge upset.
In fact, when the iPhone 3G was released in July of 2008:
It had an even weaker batter than the previous model of the iPhone!
There was an upside though:
The iPhone 3G was the first model to introduce the App Store to users.
The iPhone 3GS received mixed reviews upon its release in June of 2009.
On the one hand:
It had introduced an improved camera and faster processor to the iPhone.
However, on the other hand:
The battery life of the 3GS was just barely better than its predecessor’s.
The iPhone 4 was a fully revamped redesign of the iPhone and actually seemed functional in hand.
This was the first iPhone to introduce a high-pixel density “Retina Display” to consumers.
With a much stronger battery life, a faster processor, better camera, and even more options for storage:
It’s easy to see why the market responded so well to the introduction of the iPhone 4 on its release of June of 2010.
The iPhone 4S was Steve Job’s gift to the world before he departed.
When the iPhone 4S was released on October of 2011:
It introduced Siri (the iPhone’s personal assistant) to the world.
It’s kind of ironic when you think about it:
Steve Jobs left our world and Siri was born into it.
On September 2012:
The iPhone received a radical redesign with a significantly taller screen.
That wasn’t the only thing that changed.
The iPhone 5 also introduced a different dock connector which affected compatibility with prior accessories.
This was also the first model to include support for LTE speeds across its mobile line of devices.
This was the new gold standard in mobile computing.
Upon its release in September of 2013:
The iPhone 5s introduced a faster processor and better resolution to an ever-growing line of popular mobile phones.
This was the very first iPhone that I ever owned.
Here are some the best features of the iPhone 5S:
An extremely attractive aluminum body combined with a fingerprint sensor made this iteration of the iPhone a massive success.
Apple finally decided to factor in ugly and a bigger screen into the iPhone 6.
Released in September of 2014:
People had to initially avert their gaze upon sight of the zit-like behemoth of a camera that protruded out the back.
Sure it was functional and okay the screen size was a welcome feature:
But the unattractive antenna lines and pimple on the back of the phone made some people think that the iPhone had unfortunately caught a rare disease.
This was the most unApple-like iPhone to have ever been designed by the company.
Ugly’s bigger brother:
The iPhone 6 Plus wasn’t any more attractive.
However, for some consumers:
The 5.5 inch screen was a surprise gift which many readily accepted irrespective of the diseased skin lines on the back of this model.
Same skin, upgraded internals.
Released in September of 2015:
The addition of 3D touch to the iPhone 6S provided users with a brand new experience for interacting with their phones.
A camera capable of providing consistent photos was another strength of the 6s.
I can’t believe I’m saying this:
Many users felt there simply wasn’t a smartphone on the market that could compete with the iPhone 6s.
My dad uses the Plus model.
With a 5.5 inch diagonal screen:
The line between phone and tablet becomes blurred.
The iPhone 6s Plus has become irreplaceable.
You could even go as far as saying:
The iPhone 6S Plus has completely replaced the iPad for some users.
Strong consumer demand for a smartphone with a 4 inch diagonal screen prompted Apple to release the iPhone SE (Special Edition) on March 31, 2016.
Don’t let the small size of the iPhone SE fool you:
The iPhone SE carries the same exact processor and 2 GB of RAM as the iPhone 6S!
Now that’s dynamite!
A sigh of satisfaction filled the world when Apple finally decided to treat the rabies on its previous model with upgraded aesthetics.
Released on September of 2016:
The iPhone 7 had such a super fast processor that some claimed it would actually “hiss” under pressure.
The fact that you could now use your iPhone while still inside your bathtub was one of its most exciting and overdue features.
What Apple decides to release next is up for speculation.
Seeing as the next release cycle of the iPhone marks its 10th anniversary:
Many have high hopes in something truly spectacular coming up next.
Which products from Apple have you used in the past?
Are there any that meant a great deal to you?