‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ was a phrase that well-defined the nutritious value of Apple the fruit, but gone are the days when Apple was just a fruit. Now when you talk about Apple with kids of people from a ‘Young age’ group you will realize that Apple is actually a status symbol in today’s life. Of course here we are talking about world’s third largest Smart phones maker Apple Inc., not fruit.
Apple products are a huge trademark of class, elegancy, status and personality. These products have that spark or X factor that grab attention of the others towards the person flaunting them establishing an ‘image’ of that person in the viewer’s mind.
But what is that thing that gave Apple products and services such a high status and value in the technology market that made it world’s second largest information technology company in terms of revenue? Something we struggle to answer because there are too many extraordinary things about the gadgets and services from this company that revolutionized the technological world around the globe. Therefore today we decided to go back and trace those top 10 products by Apple Inc. that changed the world in all possible senses and here is what we got:
One of the very firsts and most successful, world’s first all in one computer was Apple II, which changed and shaped the future of computing world in its 16 years of life. Sleek design, non removal top, in a simple type writer look served its users to all possible extent and hinted an amazing corporation’s rise, as we know which turned out to be one damn truth.
The very first Graphic User Interface (GUI) equipped consumer computer took no time in becoming heartthrob technology of its time. Killing the time-consuming command line process, Steve Jobs‘s idea rocked in the market giving areal healthy competition to Microsoft in 1984. It was this gadget that made mouse credited and a well submerged part of modern desktop PCs.
Steve Jobs came back to Apple Inc after almost a decade and started a ‘Think different’ campaign under which was launched a series of devices with a powerful laptop series called PowerBook line from 2001-2006. These Laptops especially PowerBook G4 became a huge hit because of their light weight titanium body that made them durable with Power PCG4 processor which provided incredible speed and User Interface that no other device available during those times did. Later PowerBook line emerged in aluminum body making them cheaper and more popular. This series was a trademark set by Apple Inc. which inspired others and made ‘Thin’ officially a new feature that was to rock the coming future of laptop market.
Taking inspiration from its all successful products and to save almost bankrupt Apple Inc, all in one Macintosh desktop computers were launched under line name iMac in 1998 under special supervision of Steve Jobs who made a comeback to Apple Inc with this series. From egg-shaped look to sleeker design or moving all components to a free arm then to behind the display and give a less bulky slim look that too in anodized aluminum and a glass panel, a true evolution took place in iMac series making it a popular consumer choice till date. The new version of iMac is on cards and expected to hit the markets by the end of 2015 with promises of new design, processor, graphics chip, Retina 5K display that too in 27 inch display.
More than a product iTunes is a phenomenal service by Apple Inc. To music lovers followed by iPod in the very same year. A media player, media library, online radio broadcaster and mobile management application are the true services wrapped under the blanket of iTunes.
It was a real smart move by the company during that times because it was a period of panic in the American Music industry as internet was over the seventh moon so was illegal downloading of songs. Apple gave a way to buy and download songs from a licensed server legally, first of its kind and hence once again rocked the world and still does. It is available on all Apple computing and phone devices so that people do not have to browse it all the times.
Another one of 2001, music innovation by Apple Inc. was iPod- a portable media player and multipurpose pocket computer was a huge hit around the globe. It came after iTunes was launched the gadget became extremely popular because of 2, one being able to hold thousand of song in a small version of hard drive in it in second it’s beautiful and cool design which was different from other music player available in market .Circular track pad still makes its one of a kind product.
Since Apple Inc were on a mission to save music industry from illegal theft and downloading, first iTunes in 2001 and then iTunes Music Store in 2003 which then later became iTunes Store was launched to become largest online music vendor in the U.S. in 2008 and largest music vendor in the world in 2010. Apple made a point via iTunes that people were eager to buy their favorite songs if they got a well trusted source hence a better service was designed in the name of iTunes store so that people can buy as many songs as they want that too legally. With more than 30 billion songs worldwide iTunes store generate quite a good amount of revenue for the Apple Inc.
June 2007 was the time period that changed the mobile phones universe forever, as it was the time when the most appreciated, loved and prestigious smart phones series was unveiled with the very first iPhone. Devices that ran on Apple iOS, possessed multi-touch screen, wi-fi, shoot camera, browser etc. were time to time added with new features to make them better and better resulting in making Apple Inc world’s third largest mobile phone maker. Since 2007, almost 10 devices have been launched in this series under various generations. Apple never misses to change the design, features and processors from time to time to keep up the completion, technology and time. Right now no other smart phone flaunts features, design and camera like that of iPhone series; hence it undoubtedly is Apple Inc’s bests.
A five year old tablet series with more and more powerful processors replaced from time to time is incomparable. With the entire top performing features of the iPhone series this tablet series was launched in 2010. It won’t be wrong to say that this series somehow redefined the future of the computing technology therefore contributed a lot in its progress of its manufacturing company. The device has been sold like crazy around the globe by educational institutions, hospitals, government offices, homes; hotels etc. there are already 6 versions of iPad in the market with specialty of their own which resulted in 250 billion sales of iPad till January 2015 worldwide. It undoubtedly is most popular tablet and also a true future window for computing technology.
App Store (iOS)
In 2008, Apple launched another service for iOS users as a digital distribution platform for mobile app. Much like Playstore it allows its users to browse and download various applications developed by Apple’s IOS SDK. These apps are easily downloaded via iTunes on any iOS device. The service is much popular than Google Playstore due to various reasons which then directly affects the revenues it creates (much higher than Playstore). The service not only provides other apps and games but also software development kit for iPhone OS. App store got a whole package packed in it for its users, with unique apps for specific of its users and unique apps for specific devices like iPad mini air or iPhone 6 plus giving it an advantage over other stores.