AppleTell has a great article about the evolution of the Mac, and how Apple has constantly succeeded in staying relevant in the tech industry. It’s a great read, and highly recommended. Find some snippets below.
Wireless networking, ripping CDs, editing movies—these are all ideas that were added to the computer; “Macintosh” is more of a concept of how a computer should work rather than the OS itself. And it’s that idea that’s allowed the Mac to survive—to find an audience that would support it—when a more popular technology which couldn’t adapt, has died out.
Sometimes that adaptation has been forced. When Apple introduced the iMac with neither a floppy drive nor an ADB port, it was a sea change. You’d need to buy all new peripherals! What about all the data I had on floppies? But Apple bet the farm that the Internet was going to be the Next Big Thing, and that by embracing USB, it would be easier to get peripheral makers to write a bit of code for Mac, rather than gamble on making an ADB version (which were always difficult to find outside of mail-order catalogs)….
And as for the success of the iPhone/iPod in relation to Microsoft’s Zune, the author raises an insightful point.
I believe that the iPod/iPhone is winning because Apple made it to be used by consumers, while making certain concessions to the music industry, while Microsoft planned the Zune in the opposite way: making businesses happy while figuring out the minimum they would have to do to sell it to consumers.
Check out the full article over here.