A long, long time ago…well, maybe just in the 1970s, Apple Computer, Inc. released the Apple 1, as well as incorporating the new company. This new computer was actually the offspring of the code-named Apple Lisa project, which Steve Jobs developed after he saw the Xerox technology in action.
This little computer was the first to introduce the GUI (Graphical User Interface) to the computing public. Currently, nearly every computer available uses this interface, which features icons and a mouse to navigate the machine and its software applications.
The Apple I and Apple II were quickly followed by the ubiquitous Macintosh line. In 1983, Apple introduced the Macintosh with the now famous Superbowl commercial, which made television history. In an Orwellian scene the new Apple computer destroyed the IBM world.
While sales of the new Mac where not at satisfactory levels, they rose when the company introduced a desktop publishing program — Aldus PageMaker — as well as the new LaserWriter printer. These two products opened the way for the Apple computers to become the rock foundation of future desktop publishing and graphic design endeavors. Other groundbreaking Apple applications soon followed including:
- Apple MacWrite
- Apple MacPaint
- Macintosh Operating Systems
Development of the Macintosh moved forward with the new Macintosh Operating System. This OS has seen a rapid rate of development over the year, surpassing that of Windows. It is now in its 10th version — the Mac OS named Mac OS X Lion. The operating system has seen serious upgrades and additions to its former GUI, now sporting easier-to-use menus and navigation.
The Macintosh is now considered one of easiest platforms available to learn and use. The company has introduced many new computer models including desktop and laptop versions. Currently, users can find their Apple desktops and Apple notebook on eBay and many other retail outlets.
However, when discussing the Apple line of products, one cannot forget the iPod. This little MP3 player burst on the scene in November of 2001 and quickly overtook the market. With the subsequent introduction of iTunes, the iPod was, and still is, the model of MP3 player most desired.
Additionally, the market has seen the iPhone take over the cell phone world. With its sleek styling and available apps, it set the cell world on its ear. Today, the iPhone is still a market leader and the number of available apps increases on an almost daily basis.
Apple also introduced its notebook computer, the iPad, to rave reviews in April of 2010.
As you can see, Apple developed and produced products with end-users in mind and the potential for new products looks seems unlimited.