“Everywhere you turn this year, Apple’s machines are on the march. Apple’s iPhone is continuing to gobble up the smart phone market. Apple’s PCs and notebook computers–long relegated to a niche status–are tearing off big gobs of the PC market,” Brian Caulfield writes for Forbes. “Even Apple’s least successful effort–AppleTV–has rivals such as Blockbuster scrambling to blunt Apple’s attack.”
“The common denominator? Software. While great industrial design–whether it’s for great cars or great buildings–always attracts gawkers, it’s software that makes Apple’s proliferating array of machines so comfortable to use on a long-term basis. Apple’s best products mix the curb appeal of a Lamborghini with easy-to-drive friendliness of a Honda Accord,” Caulfield writes.
“‘We make the whole widget,’ Apple CEO Steve Jobs is fond of saying,” Caulfield writes. “Apple’s move to put a shrunk-down version of its operating system, OS X, on the iPhone and the iPod Touch tells us that Apple sees portable, Web-friendly gizmos as a big part of its future. It’s why speculation about Apple’s next move is so rampant: we may not know what it will look like, but Apple users know it will run the Apple software they know and love.”
Forbes’ “Seven Great Apple Software Innovations” are:
• OS X: Unix For The Masses
• iLife: Lifestyle Computing
• iTunes: Digital Media Made Easy
• Mac OS: The Graphical User Interface Goes Big Time
• Newton: A Computer In Your Pocket
• iPhone: The Web In Your Pocket
• iPod: Music (and Movies) In Your Pocket
Full article – recommended – here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Kevin” and “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]