“The iPod has arguably become the product that the Mac was back in the mid 1980s – the icon that defines how people view the company behind it… Beyond their unique styling, construction materials and superior operating system, what really distinguishes Apple’s computers from the Wintel rivals? Some fans will point to their PowerPC processor, but a computer’s CPU is really just a means to an end: providing a user experience,” Tony Smith writes for The Register.
“Apple remains ahead of the pack on both user interface and hardware styling, but the gap is once again narrowing. No matter how many unusual-looking machines it comes up with – the 20th Anniversary Mac one of them, no doubt, alongside the Cube and the anglepoise iMac – they’re unlikely to have quite the immediate attraction that the original Mac and the first iMac had. Or the iPod,” Smith writes.
“Indeed, the iPod’s styling recalls the original Mac – the compact case, the display dominating the top half of the front of the shell, the connection points smoothly moulded into the casing,” Smith writes. “We hope the Mac is around in another 20 years. This piece was typed on one – the fourth in this writer’s ownership, and just one of many I’ve used since the mid-1980s. More than a few of the other Vulture Central scribes use Macs too. Mac OS X provides firm foundation for the platform’s evolution toward that time.”
Smith writes, “But we have a sneaking suspicion that the next big event Apple celebrates will have more to do with its compact, user-friendly music player than the Mac, by then just one hardware line among many.”
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