At the end of 2019, our colleagues from The Verge made the top of hundreds of gadgets over the past decade, which have most influenced the world of modern high technologies. Apple devices have a special role to play in it. The top of the list was taken by the legendary iPhone 4, which is still considered the most successful and breakthrough smartphone with a touch screen. MacBook Air put in third place - the ultrabook set a new direction for the movement of laptop computers. AirPods took sixth position - the company's first wireless headphones were the most significant step for the audio industry.
Against the background of impressions from this material, we decided to recall the main Apple devices that turned the industry upside down. The main feature of the company has always been bold experiments with formats, and many of them have been crowned with real success - many of them are in the Moscow museum of the company
1. Apple II
As you remember, Steve Jobs together with Steve Wozniak created Apple in 1976 - it happened on April 1. The real garage was the first office of the company, a stupid picture with Isaac Newton took the place of the normal logo, and then its main product was Apple I, assembled from wood.
Yes, it was Apple that became one of the first companies that began to promote the ideology of a personal computer to the masses. Yes, her first device played a role in this. However, not for the industry as a whole, but for the company itself - attention to Apple I made it move on.
Another thing, Apple II - the most massive personal computer of the time. He already looked like a modern working machine and was popular not only among the burnt geeks, but also among ordinary users. They realized the need for such a gadget at home and in the office and began to purchase it for personal purposes. The device was as practical and convenient as possible - Apple continued to produce this computer even after the release of the next model. It is interesting that Atari and Hewlett-Packard refused to finance the launch of this model, but an investor was found - Mike Markula.
Thanks to venture investments in the amount of $ 92 thousand and a credit limit of $ 250 thousand, Apple then opened an office, hired employees and managed to move on. If not for this, there would not be a single modern gadget. If not for Apple II, the market for modern PCs could also not have existed.
After the release of Apple II in 1977, the company for a long time did not have successful products. She tried to release something new again and again, but the audience simply did not accept her news. This led to a conflict between Steve Jobs and Apple's top in 1985 and his departure from the company.
Then the manufacturer had difficult times. He fell lower and lower, and in the end even turned to Steve Jobs, who was involved in his projects, for help. In 1996, he accepted this offer, and already before 1998 he carried out a number of personnel reshuffles and launched the revolutionary iMac G3. He became the fastest-selling computer company in its history. Against this background, the idea came up in Jobs’s head to create a network of monobrand stores so that multi-colored monoblocks did not stand on the same floors with dull gadgets of other companies. So attractive computers then really was not.
In the early 2000s, Apple made a real revolution in the world of music. In 2001, the company released its first music player, which made it possible to fit thousands of tracks in a jeans pocket. And in 2003, she launched the iTunes Store - the first mass store with tracks, which was immediately predicted success. Then the analysts were sure that the first million sales through it would take place during the first six months, but this happened only 6 days later. Of course, the main buyers were the owners of music players with the famous bitten apple on the case.
It was the iPod that became the prototype for all the mobile devices that are generally on sale today. It's a pity that players today are no longer in demand, but playing music using the pocket gadgets that smartphones have become today continues to be as relevant as possible.
A year after the release of the first iPod, which is still a style icon, Apple launched the iMac G4. Many are sure that the inspiration for him was the most ordinary table lamp, but this is not so. The company copied the design for the next candy bar from a sunflower.
By the way, this computer got into this top precisely because of the design. At that time, most computers were made of cheap yellow plastic, which rather scared away than attracted attention. Against their background, the new Apple looked, to put it mildly, amazing - it not only fit in, but famously complemented any interior.
5. Mac mini
The first Mac mini was released in 2005. He stood out with nothing but a form factor. But before Apple, virtually no one did such compact computers. Interestingly, to this day, the company has also managed to make such gadgets even more than suitable for hard work.
It may seem strange to someone that the iPhone appeared in this top only towards the end of its first half. But this applies only to relatively young fans of high technology - the rest either themselves used the previous positions from the list, or had time to study them far and wide.
But the iPhone has really changed a lot, there’s nothing to argue about. In 2007, when he left, the world was ruled by push-button mobile devices. After him, everyone began to make exactly the same bars of plastic, glass, metal and other materials with capacitive touch screens. The first Apple smartphone can hardly be considered ideal even with a big stretch - at the start, he did not even know how to record video and send MMS. Nevertheless, the company did something unique that was suitable for absolutely any task.
Already today we are seeing how the market begins to change devices with fading screens. It is likely that they will become the next step in the development of modern mobile gadgets. Or maybe augmented reality glasses will turn out to be a new round - we will find out in the coming years.
7. MacBook Air
When it comes to Apple devices that have turned the world around, for some reason many people forget about the MacBook Air - the first truly compact laptop that paved the way for all modern ultrabooks. Yes, it was nothing in terms of performance, but after a couple of years it already worked very tolerably. To demonstrate the minimum dimensions of the computer, at the presentation, Steve Jobs pulled it out of a real envelope. Today, other manufacturers are already making similar laptops, but it is important to understand that they all appeared precisely because Apple once took a chance.
8. iPhone 4
We return to the iPhone 4, which was released in 2010 - it was It The Verge that put it in first place in the top of the devices that have most affected the world of high technology over the past decade (10 years). It is difficult to argue with this, because for its time the gadget was really bright.
The device not only turned out outstanding, but also made a huge leap in the development of smartphones. Even today, after almost ten years, it looks quite modern. He has a decent case made of glass and metal - and not just some aluminum, but steel. He also pleases with the screen, which received Retina resolution - a density of over 300 dpi, which is enough so that the eye does not distinguish individual pixels. He had a camera of only 5 megapixels, but she shot really well. In general, in comparison with the plastic crafts that the competitors then made, it was a real top.
In the year of the release of the iPhone 4, which many still consider Apple's reference smartphone, the company diligently tried to distract attention from it using a slightly different device. At his presentation, Steve Jobs explained that the world just needed something between a smartphone and a laptop. Of course, we are talking about the iPad, which is still the only truly sought after tablet. Then the “tubes” had rather modest screens, so the need for something more was obvious.
Apple tablets are still good. It is a pity only, with the growth of diagonals of smartphones, the need for an iPad has increasingly begun to be questioned. The company continues to say that this device should be considered a real symbol of the post-computer era, but laptops still remain more convenient and practical without a doubt.
10. MacBook Pro Retina
Two years after the release of the first smartphone with Retina, Apple launched a laptop with a screen, which makes it almost impossible to discern individual points on it. It was also suitable from other points of view - quite productive, with decent dimensions and battery life.
MacBook Pro Retina from 2012 to 2015 is considered the most successful among all Apple mobile computers. They became an example for productive laptops from other manufacturers. It is surprising that the device is updated even 8 years after the release and is quite suitable for work.
11. Apple Watch
The first Apple Watch was introduced back in 2014, and began to be sold only in 2015. At the time of release, they were considered very controversial both in ideological and practical terms. They remain dissatisfied with them even after five years - only today it is the most popular watch among all.
On the one hand, the Apple Watch is nothing special - with the help of them you can monitor the progress of time, control music, watch the weather and more. On the other hand, they work so closely with the iPhone that their owners rarely choose something else.
AirPods is a major achievement in the world of high technology that has happened in recent years. In 2017, Apple launched its first wireless headphones and immediately surprised everyone. Firstly, they were completely devoid of wires. Secondly, they got a special chip that made switching between Apple devices easier. The second is not important outside the ecosystem of the company, but the first has been adopted by almost all manufacturers that today are generally on the market. Everyone is trying to make their TWS, but just as successful so far no one has succeeded.
To summarizeThis material is not an ode to Apple. Today it has enough competitors, which provide an opportunity to choose in terms of cost and technical content. But with the help of this article we want to recall how many new directions for the development of high technologies this company was able to create.