“It was insanely great, the computer for the rest of us, and out to change the world. The Apple Macintosh marks its twentieth birthday this week, and–hubris and hype aside–the Mac has made an acknowledged impact on personal computing,”Peggy Watt writes for PC World.
“A graphical user interface manipulated via mouse, new usability standards, still-evolving multimedia support, and simply cool design are among the Mac’s credits, say industry observers, PC users, and Apple pioneers. PC World asked many longtime industry players, including some involved in the Mac’s early days, what the Macintosh has taught the PC–and, essentially, the computing industry. And, on the flip side, what has the PC taught the Macintosh,” asks Watt?
“‘Obviously, the PC got two key components from the Mac: the graphical user interface and introduction of a mouse for navigating information,’ Tim Bajarin, president of the consultancy Creative Strategies says. ‘Until that point, everything around the PC was driven by a very text-based architecture.’ Bajarin also credits the Macintosh with introducing desktop publishing and multimedia computing, ‘which is the Macintosh not only handling drawing and pictures, but true imaging and sound and video,’ he says,” Watt writes. “…Credit the Macintosh with helping push Microsoft to greater power, several industry veterans suggest.”
“So what has the Mac, in turn, learned from the PC? Jobs would say nothing, Bajarin says, ‘but in reality, it helped Apple understand the much greater importance of retail, helped Apple hone in its marketing strategies.’ Consultant Rob Enderle says Apple may finally be learning the lesson of the PC’s example of standards and licensing. The companyrecently licensed IPod technology to Hewlett-Packard, which will release its own version of the music player. ‘I think the real story is what both sides didn’t learn from the other,’ says Enderle, managing partner of The Enderle Group. ‘Apple showcased over and over again what marketing-driven products could do, most recently with the IPod, and the PC industry still doesn’t get it. On the other hand, if there was ever a stronger example that the power is in standards and the ability to take those standards across manufacturers than Microsoft and the PC industry demonstrate, I don’t know of it–and Apple didn’t get that.'” Watt reports.
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