The first iPod was released in 2001, and it has been a flagship product of Apple's for 10 glorious years. The iPod has received many updates in both form and function, and rumor has it that we'll see even more in the next month. However, 2011 may also mark the first year that Apple merges their iPhone and iPod annoucements, confirming the belief that many hold that the iPod is on its way out.
We still think the iPod holds a solid place in Apple's lineup -- after all, who wants to run with a bulky iPhone. And, some people still need an iPod Classic to store their giant music libaries. Either way, we aren't here to judge -- we're just here to present you with a gallery that celebrates 10 years of iPod history. We can't wait to see what Apple throws at us in the next 10 years!
Cell phones aren't exactly ancient technology, though with every year it becomes harder and harder to remember what they were like before our beloved iPhones. The iPhone was released in 2007, but mobile phones have been around since the 70s and have made leaps and bounds since then. From the very first "brick" phone, to the first camera phones and smartphones, this gallery covers all the major milestones in mobile phone history.
Mac OS 10 has given Mac users a slick GUI full of fancy visual goodies, and with the release of Lion right around the corner, it's only going to get slicker. However, we must not forget that Apple's attention to detail hasn't just been limited to their most recent releases -- they've always been pioneers on the interface front. This gallery features Apple's most humble beginnings -- their most famous icons you're sure to remember with fondness, and a few current updates as well.
If you've ever had your online accounts "hacked" into, you know how imperative it is to protect yourself when you're using a public computer.
The first line of defense can be your browsing habits. When using a public, or friend's computer, you should always use private browsing mode, or at least clear your browsing history before leaving. In fact, there are times when you need to erase, or hide, your browsing history at home. Hey, maybe you're shopping for something special for someone that lives with you. We're not here to judge.
There are few events as influential in the Apple universe as the World Wide Developer Conference. Every year, the best and brightest minds in Mac and iOS software development come together at WWDC to network, sharing their talents, revealing new technologies and generally making being an Apple hardware user better than ever before. We're certain that with WWDC 2011 will be no different.
To mark the announcement of this year's WWDC, we've put together a gallery of 10 awesome moments, spanning the 28 year history of the conference. After taking this trip down memory lane, we're certain that you'll be as stoked to see what this year's WWDC will bring as we are!
Over at Fast Company's Co.Design Blog, Aza Raskin, son of Apple legend and Mac co-creator Jeff Raskin, takes a look at at memo written in 1981 detailing the creation of the first Mac. It's a great piece detailing early design decisions that still affect Apple to this very day.
It was early on in the game when Apple recognized the need for a dedicated display for its home computers. Where the Apple I and the first Apple II models relied on third-party RF modulators for hooking up to television sets, Apple changed course in 1980 when it released the 12-inch, monochromatic Apple Monitor III to accompany its Apple III business computer.
Ever wondered where those two little symbols we see everyday, the command key and the spinning beach ball of death (aka SBBOD, Rainbow Ball), come from? We're sure you're wondering now, so why don't we fill you in, courtesy of those zany folks at Gizmodo and a little Wiki knowledge.
It's hard to imagine life without our iPhones--let alone GPS, apps, an HD camera and a retina display. But before the RAZR, the BlackBerry and even the StarTAC, there was an unlikely phrase that gave rise to the notion that mobile radios will be able to make calls across countries and oceans: Over and out.