Apple Innovations Over the Years
With Steve Jobs’ comeback in 1998 to the Apple Company, he has only brought the company forward with his novel gadget ideas and innovative developments. With the recent release of the iPad, one cannot help but look back and see the different Apple products that have captured the world’s attention and brought Apple to the forefront of communications technology. With these revolutionary gadgets and technologies, people always look forward to what Apple will come up with the following year. Here is a timeline of the different Apple releases that have made waves through the years:
1998 – The Release of the iMac
This model was a hit because of the bright colors it came in, the great keyboards, and the monitors with a translucence that made it look trendy. The makeover had the younger crowds begging their parents to get them the iMac and offices mix and matching them with their furniture. It also introduced the use of USB sticks and ports instead of floppy disk drives. With this initial step, Apple was just starting a whole slew of innovations that would later have the world reeling.
2001 – Introducing the iPod
This smash hit scored Apple a lot of points with both the younger and older generations. Knowing that they could bring around their favorite music wherever they went, everyone was flocking to iStores to buy this nifty portable device. With the ability to shuffle through and store at least 1000 mp3s, people were enraptured with the iPod’s initial release and continued to buy different upgrades of it. The most recent is the iPod Classic that has massive storage space of 160 GB where you can store up to 40,000 songs.
2002 – Launching the Xserve
This Apple server using Intel microprocessors was Apple’s initial entry into the tech market server division. As another one of Steve Jobs’ creations, he was looking into providing small and medium businesses some solutions that didn’t require them to buy large-scale industry products. This was a big step for Apple to show to the world its seriousness in aggressively branding itself in the IT market in general, and not just as a consumer electronics and computer company.
2006 – Presenting the MacBook, the MacPro, and the MacBook Pro
The year 2006 saw three releases of Apple laptops, initially was the MacBook Pro with 1GB of RAM and an Intel Core Duo processor. At 15-inches, it was a nifty electronic to carry around. And then the MacBook was released after a few months which had the same specifications as the MacBook Pro except that it was a 13-inch laptop for people on the go. As its finale for the year, Apple debuted its desktop computer, the MacPro with Intel implements.
2007 – The Debut of the iPhone and the iPod Touch
This was the most memorable year for Apple when it first made a breakthrough into the wireless phone and communications market with its popular iPhone. This smartphone definitely made big waves among consumers which was a first of its kind touchscreen capabilities which had all other telecommunications gadget makers following suit. To this day the iPhone remains one of the best Apple products on the market, especially because of its user-friendly applications, OS, and overall easy-to-use interface. Later, the release of the iPod touch also made waves with its simple capability for internet connections for staying connected rather than as a mobile voice phone.
2008 – Promoting the MacBook Air
Although the MacBook Air wasn’t exactly a ground-breaking innovation, it certainly gave people a glimpse at what the Apple tablet might look like. The biggest plus of the MacBook was that it was light and thin. Weighing only 1.4 kg and sporting a 0.75-inch thickness, this was one laptop that many wanted to get their hands on!
2010 – Unveiling the iPad
Recently released, the iPad is the biggest thing to come out of Apple since the iPhone. This tablet computer is only 9.7 inches and is all touchscreen. Think of it as a melding of smartphone and laptop. The price on average is $499, but in reality it really depends on the carrier that it is locked with. The price will vary for those who choose Wi-Fi connectivity only and those who choose a 3G service. It is too early to know whether the iPad will garner the overwhelming response that the iPhone did, or whether it will get the so-so treatment that the MacBook got. Only time will tell if this technological work of art is truly worth the purchase.