“Odd though it may seem, given the publicity it has garnered, the iPod is still a fringe business compared to the major business of PCs and laptops, where Apple is out-innovating the competition in a remorseless way. The Mac OS X is now in place, with a user interface that makes Windows look primitive. The Powerbook laptops are selling well and Apple recently released the new iMac G5,” Robin Bloor writes for Bloor research.
“In case you know nothing of it, this is, in my view, an excellent – almost awesome – product. Take, as read, the fact that it outperforms the Intel competition by a big factor and that the OS is powerful and it supports all important applications from office software through to video manipulation. For many users those factors will count in a big way, but there is another factor that probably trumps them all: The iMac G5 is phenomenally well designed… My guess is that the whole PC industry will be producing devices like this in a year or two, but right now it’s one of a kind. Apple is leading the way,’ Bloor writes.
“There are varied opinions among the financial analysts as to whether Apple will ever return to its former glory of the 1980s (yes it was that a long time ago). The most recent evidence suggests that it has already done so, and I welcome it. The IT industry and the PC industry, in particular, needs Apple to succeed,’ Bloor writes.
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