As it hits the ripe age of 30, Apple Computer “has arrived at a tremendously influential place in pop culture. ‘Apple’s importance in high technology is grossly disproportionate to its market share,’ said Owen W. Linzmayer, author of ‘Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World’s Most Colorful Company.’ ‘Apple is considered by many the research and development company for the rest of Silicon Valley.’ Silicon Valley historians credit Apple with changing the course of the personal computer revolution about five or six times, though Mac fans can argue for a higher number,” Mike Musgrove writes for The Washington Post.
“Apple didn’t make the first computer, perhaps, but this was the company that brought personal computers to the masses and made the personal computer revolution possible with its early understanding of the importance of an easy-to-use graphic interface for computer users,” Musgrove writes. “Decades later, the iPod is the latest and most profitable example of the company’s skill at turning technology into something that changes people’s lives. The world already had several MP3 players to choose from before Apple made its entry, but Apple’s product took it from a niche gadget class and transformed it into a cultural force.”
“As if its innovations weren’t enough of a contribution, Apple gave Silicon Valley its best and longest-running storyline, one that even non-techies could appreciate. There was the rivalry between Apple founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Apple was the better computer, the legend goes, but it lost the computer wars because Jobs didn’t license its operating system software to computer makers, as Microsoft did,” Musgrove writes. “Now that Microsoft has announced that its next version of Windows will be delayed until next year, some analysts figure that Apple has an opportunity to sell some computers to Microsoft customers who are tired of waiting for an updated operating system.”
Full article, which also includes some pure nonsense that France’s proposed copyright legislation and music labels “chafing at Apple’s refusal to charge more than 99 cents a track” via iTunes Music Store is evidence that Apple is “finding itself accused of being a monopolist,” here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “The Fish” for the heads up.]
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