The 15 products that have made the history of Apple
The first of April Apple blew out 40 candles: long gone are the days when Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded what, four decades later, would become one of the most important and flourishing companies in the world. For the occasion, we have compiled for you a list of the 15 products that have made the history of Apple!
So why not start from the product with which everything began? Apple I was the first computer developed by the company in 1976 and was comprised of only the motherboard assembled with its main components: to obtain a working computer you had to purchase a power supply, keyboard and display separately.
Apple II, released just a year after its predecessor, can be defined as the company’s first real success: this model stayed on the market for as long as 15 years.
The Macintosh 128, that of the famous commercial aired during the Super Bowl in 1984, was the first easy-to-use and cost-effective computer based on a graphical interface: a veritable revolution!
The 1989 Macintosh Portable was a first attempt to provide a portable computer, however, it was a very heavy (more than 7 kilos) and very expensive model: at that time 7,300 dollars were needed to purchase it.
In 1993, Apple launched Newton Message Pad on the market, Apple’s first palmtop. This palmtop already had rudimentary recognition systems for writing and voice commands, it was also equipped with software for navigation on the internet, even if connectivity was limited. Although it was in some ways revolutionary, Newton didn’t achieve the success that iPad would later have: the price was rather high for a device with limited hardware potential.
The 1998 iMac marked the return of Steve Jobs into the company after the period of forced exile. This model inaugurated a successful all-in-one line that continues to this day: in fact, the device encased the monitor, CPU and drive into a single element.
Not only: it was an easy-to-use computer featuring modern and accurate aesthetics.
In 2001, Apple launched its first iPod, overshadowing Walkman and Mp3. This first iPod model featured a monochrome display, a mechanical circular scroll wheel, and a 5 or 10 GB hard disk memory.
The Powerbook G4, also released in 2001, marked Apple’s entry into the ultra-portable segment. It was only 2.6 centimetres thick and it cost no less than 3,500 dollars.
In 2004, Apple announced its new iPod mini, a cheaper and more agile model than the previous one. iPod mini had 4 GBs of memory and marked the debut of the click wheel, also becoming a real trend object, available in different colours.
The MacBook Pro was introduced in January 2006, replacing the PowerBook G4. This is the high-end model of the MacBook family, thus intended for the professional user. Its importance is mainly due to the fact that it has established Apple’s historic transition from IBM-Motorola PowerPC to Intel processors.
On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs introduced what may be considered as Apple’s product par excellence: the first iPhone. It was still a prototype of the idea that Jobs had in mind: the creation of a device that would combine touch screen, mobile phone and internet. At that time, iPhone didn’t have many of the features that today’s Apple smartphones possess: there was no App Store, therefore it wasn’t possible to install applications and the 3G network was totally absent.
Apple Tv was launched in 2007 and it marked the company’s entry into the world of home entertainment. Apple’s visionary goal was to radically change television consumption modes: at the time, Apple TV reproduced music, videos and podcasts from the iTunes library, whereas current Apple TV allows for buying or renting movies on the internet directly from your television.
On July 10, 2008, the day after the release of iPhone 3G, Apple launched a new service for downloading applications from one’s own device: AppStore. Since 2010 this service has grown impressively, as demonstrated by the huge amount of existing Apps.
The first iPad was presented in 2010 at Macworld by Steve Jobs in person, who on that occasion declared that a post-pc era would soon begin: in fact, iPad marked the advent of the tablet concept among consumer appliances. This product is also Steve Jobs’ last legacy.
Apple landed in the world of wearable devices in 2014, with the creation of the first Apple Watch. Although Apple launched into the field later than other companies, within a short time Apple Watch became the ultimate symbol of a whole category of products.