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The Apple Products that Changed the World & The Ones that Should be Forgotten

By Cormac Reynolds | Small Business

What makes one man stand out above all others and create things of worthy note again and again? Well, even though we’re not sure what it was, Steve Jobs certainly had this ability and while other computer companies created items with as much intrigue as a sink tap, Jobs changed the world. It wouldn’t be too much to say that jobs has revolutionised the way we work, listen to music, play and computer.

However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Apple and in the years without Steve Jobs things were tough and they made a number of mistakes. So, let’s take a look at the items he created that changed out world and some that didn’t.

One that Did – Apple – 1

Though it looks like a weird typewriter, this was the first computer of the modern age. Unlike previous computers, where input relied on lights and bleeps, the Apple-1 allowed people a keyboard, monitor and other inputs. It was also easy to set up and expandable. It didn’t sell amazingly well, but it was a blue print for the future of the personal computer and one of the most important of all time.

One that Didn’t – QuickTake Camera The Apple Products that Changed the World & The Ones that Should be Forgotten image Apple QuickTake 200 Digital Camera 300x225The Apple Products that Changed the World & The Ones that Should be Forgotten

Long before the iPhone’s camera was a bit lacklustre, the QuickTake existed. In short, it was a terrible camera that didn’t really focus or zoom. Built by Kodak, it could hold 8 photos. It tried to hop on the new digital camera trend but ultimately failed.

One that Did – iPod and iTunes

Yes, it is true MP3 players existed before the iPod – however none had the flair, beauty or simplicity of the iPod. They also didn’t have Apple’s amazing marketing team. It was iTunes that truly turned the tables in Apple’s favour. The ease of ripping and transferring music created by the software was vital to the iPod’s success. The missing piece of the puzzle came about with the arrival of the iTunes store, which allowed people to download music as needed, though also locked you into the iPod as your music would only work on it. This is now gone, but at the time worked for the device’s success.

One that Didn’t – Apple Pippin The Apple Products that Changed the World & The Ones that Should be Forgotten image apple pippin 300x148The Apple Products that Changed the World & The Ones that Should be Forgotten

The Apple Pippin came to the fore in 1995 and the multimedia console had plenty of promise when it arrived. Designed by Apple and produced by Bandai, the device was created to be an inexpensive console with networking abilities. However, it sold badly for a number of reasons – mainly software related and was discontinued in 1997.

One that Did – GUI

The graphical user interface changed the world and though it existed in part beforehand with Xerox, it was Apple who made it a commercial success. The use of a graphical user interface ushered in point and clicks operating systems that are still central to the way we use computers today. Apple released it initially in their Apple Lisa device, however it was the Macintosh that refined it and brought digital publishing to the everyday user in 1983.

One that Didn’t – The Apple Products that Changed the World & The Ones that Should be Forgotten image Apple hockey puck mouse 300x300The Apple Products that Changed the World & The Ones that Should be ForgottenHockey Puck mouse

A far cry for a company that created the first mouse and this hockey puck shaped item is a disaster. Shipped with the initial iMacs it was ugly, hard to hold and had an extremely short cord. A real stylistic failure, ironic considering the computer it was teamed up with.

One that Did – iPad

The iPad is hard to understate and maybe Jobs last great addition to his legacy. The device created a world where even your grandmother could intuitively click or press on an app and viola it would appear before their eyes. It brought an amazingly tactile and intuitive aspect to computers and moved us firmly away from the idea of having to learn to use a computer. In addition, its small size and amazing portability meant it could be taken anywhere – changing the personal computer landscape and if you want proof of that look at the decline in desktop sales.

One that Did – iPhone

Finally, the iPhone – it has to be included doesn’t it. Even though smart phones existed before the iPhone, this was the device that changed everything. The iPhone was so far removed from the weirdness of Nokia’s smart phones and so much snazzier than BlackBerries it had to become popular. The device changed the way we go online, interact with each other and go about or daily lives.

Apple’s and more particularly Steve Jobs’ contribution to the world as we know it can’t be understated and these are the devices we feel he created that changed the way we live for the better. However, as you can see it wasn’t all golden either.

This article was syndicated from Business 2 Community: The Apple Products that Changed the World & The Ones that Should be Forgotten

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