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A History of Apple, From Inception To Today (Infographic)

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Ever wonder how Apple Computer became the industry icon it is today?  How and why is it that a simple computer manufacturer could endear itself to its customer base so well that some researchers feel that Apple fans are not only just a cult but bordering on religion?  It's not hard to see why certain Apple products are revered so highly among customers, as Apple has been fortunate enough to quite literally revolutionize an entire product category itself more than once in recent history.

But where did it all begin?  How did Jobs, Wozniak and a lesser known fellow by the name of Ronald Wayne find their identity in the market and eventually allow Mr. Jobs to grow the company to where it is today?  With a market capitalization that is now larger than Microsoft, it's almost hard to believe. With a quick thanks to our friends at PhD Online, let's start from Apple's beginning and take you through the present day, with this easily digestible infographic. 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhsWzJo2sN4

This is a link to the 1984 commercial. I didn't know that Steve Jobs was not a part of Apple for so long. Also, I Didn't know that Apple had taken the lead in market value so recently, I assumed that had happened a while ago

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Considering that the only place that Apple is worth more than Microsoft is in their Market Cap, which is based on their grossly overpriced stock, I'm really sick of people claiming that Apple is bigger tha Microsoft. Microsoft earns ~250% of what Apple does, along with holding far more assets.

Market cap is an Apples to oranges comparison when your talking about company that pays dividends and one that does not.

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Great walkthrough, but I think a big omission is Apple's ability to monetize third party content, first by selling media through iTunes and now with applications at the AppStore

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Inspector replied on Sat, Aug 7 2010 12:30 AM

Ha Steve's parents weren't so smart in giving him away :D. But proves Steve to be a very smart person all on his own, he never graduated college! This was very interesting as i didn't know Steve ever left apple in the first place :) lol.  Also when did the current apple logo come in?

 

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fat78 replied on Sat, Aug 7 2010 10:30 PM

I get very annoyed when people say apple products are the best. Now they may be the best at some things, like ripping off people but is any one knowingly realy going to pay double the price for a computer of the same performance as one that you can build.

 Few months ago had some kid saying apples os was much better then windows. That made me wonder why is this kid having so many problems with viruses.

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fat78 replied on Sat, Aug 7 2010 10:30 PM

I get very annoyed when people say apple products are the best. Now they may be the best at some things, like ripping off people but is any one knowingly realy going to pay double the price for a computer of the same performance as one that you can build.

 Few months ago had some kid saying apples os was much better then windows. That made me wonder why is this kid having so many problems with viruses.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Aug 9 2010 12:54 PM

The real funny thing at least in a very altruistic way is the shear stupidity which abounds around this especially now that the iPhone is a big thing. Apple generally has very ineffective security. This is due to the fact that Apple products really only existed in very small numbers world wide, and they had a specific Unix bred OS. So there was basically no need to even try to infect them with a Virus as everyone (or the significantly larger amount) had Windows PC's. Now that thing's in the Mobile market are as they are there are basically millions of unskilled people running around with mini computers transmitting there data 24/7. With the rise of the internet into everything (largely concentrating on financial applications here), such as depositing checks through an iPhone, checking or manipulating bank balances etc. These people are all sitting ducks here. If someone grab's you account number and routing code, and they are technologically adept enough o do so, they could also clean out your whole bank account in about 15 minutes.

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Slrman replied on Tue, Sep 7 2010 10:37 AM

So many problems with viruses? That shows not only your own ignorance but that you are a liar. The basic design of the Mac OS is more resistant to virus attacks.

That is changing, it's true, but It will be a long time before the Mac OS is the total disaster that Windows has always been. Amazing, considering that MS has always copied Apple. But they still haven't learned about memory management or how to re-install the OS without wiping the hard drive. Those are just two things Apple could do from the start.

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realneil replied on Fri, Sep 10 2010 10:58 AM

Slrman:
not only your own ignorance but that you are a liar

We usually use a more relaxed tone with each other here.

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I own an iMac and some Windows-7 boxes too. I have Linux on a few of them.

While my iMac has never been taken by a virus, I still have a free virus program installed on it. This is due to my deeply ingrained mistrust of others on the WWW and not because of the Mac itself. Sure a Mac system could be infected but most virus writers would rather make a big splash with their brethren and take out 20 million PC's instead of 30 thousand Macs. So they're not interested in the Apple. Yet.

I've gone to/had to go to great lengths to protect my Win-7 boxes and they are secure for now. But it does take extraordinary measures to get it done with a Windows box. I've found that 'expensive paid for by the year' solutions are not as effective as a few good free ones are. I go to www.Ninite.com to get them.

Yeah, I agree that the iMac is a fine computer and OS-X is full featured and totally reliable too. But my Win-7 boxes are now just as reliable, and they GAME a heck of a lot better than the Mac does.

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