Steve Jobs was the first to change how the public viewed computing devices and then 20 years later revolutionized those same people.
I am not an Apple Fanboy as i’m always skeptical of their products and are never been an early adopter of any of their products. That being said i have grown to appreciate and recommend my share of Apple devices. From the very beginning with Apple’s marketing of getting their products into the educational system even surprised how far back my memories goes with some Apple computers. I’ve created a list of the the Apple Products have been the ones that have most affected my life.
Although i’ve never owned one, and that the fact the product was a disaster whether its problems were real or not, to this day i still want one. The thing about it that i love so much was that it was such an avant-garde form factor that still has not been matched. During the time when i worked at the CSULB computer lab in a sea of beige dell computers, the Mac Cube design was mind blowing.
I would still get one to this day if only to make a MACquarium.
I have owned in total three iPods in my life. 1st generation iPod Mini, 1st gernation iPod Nano, and the 2nd gernation iPod Shuffle (See a trend here?). Having every song that you ever owned on a single device is a pretty cool concept, but having to weed through them to find one album, or even one song is impossible without the need to scroll and scroll and scroll, and thats why i’ve always preferred the lower the smaller simpler versions of the iPod. It makes me pick and choose what I want to listen too, and when i use it i rarely have to skip songs, because all the ones on there are the ones i want to listen to. As much of a revolutionary product that the iPod is/was, the most important thing about it to me was that it was the precursor to the iPhone.
Mac OS X was another Apple Product that was released during my days at the CSULB computer lab and was such a breathe of fresh air from handling tech support of OS 9. Although the first iteration didn’t come without its hiccups,the bright and colorful interface made fixing them that much more pleasurable. Although it was a bit late to follow Windows XP, it was probably the driving force for me to switch from being a Windows to an Apple products user.
The Apple IIE was the first personal computer that i was able to use on a semi-regular basis as a kid. You could even say that it was the jump start to my professional career in the Design/Programming world. My elementary school had a computer lab full of these computers that took the 5 1/4 floppy drive that you needed to run any program. Whether it was scouring the globe looking for Carmen Sandiego, or the programming software what i recall being called Turtle where you gave line item commands to access this drawing program. It wasn’t a very pretty computer, or very powerful, but as a kid it was just one big computer game that I could spend hours on, and 20 years later i’m doing the exact same thing.
The greatest device that Apple has come up with and that people still get all horny for at a new release has to be the Apple iPhone. It must be something special if people get upset that a great phone hasn’t been extremely improved on just the following year. It was the first true touch screen phone, with dedicated apps that served people in their individual needs. It eliminated the need to carry a second mp3 device around and keeps people connected to each other 24 hours a day, whether thats a good thing or not.
I have had my fair share of experience with the use of a Blackberry (2 years), Android (3 years), and iPhone(2 years) to say that i have a pretty good understanding of all three smartphone brands. After so many years of daily use my conclusion is that the iPhone is a superior phone (beyond any carrier marriages or coverage spottiness). What separates it from the pack is mainly the ease of functionality. The software makes interacting with the phone smooth, and quick while the response is remarkable. Of course having a closed system leads to a restriction on software development you know that its going to work with your phone and shouldn’t have any conflicts. I almost think that the single home button is a homage to the one button mouse that Apple was famous for, and could even be described as an FU to all the Windows users who would complain about the single button. In a few years the Health Insurance people are going to have to start covering people being diagnosed for what i’m describing as “Right Angle Neck Syndrome.”