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When you reflect on where we as electronics consumers were only one short decade ago, it's astounding how far Apple has helped us progress. Ten years ago, many of us...
01-01-2010, 02:26 PM #1
Apple Owned The First Decade of 2000. Will 2010 Be The Same?
When you reflect on where we as electronics consumers were only one short decade ago, it's astounding how far Apple has helped us progress. Ten years ago, many of us still carried cell phones the size of a wooden bar stool. Today, our sleek touchscreen devices make the cell phones of old far more laughable than laudable. Indeed, from computers to mobile devices, Apple accomplished for the first decade of the 21st century every bit as much as it achieved during the last two decades of the 20th century.
As we embark on the beginning of a new decade this century, many have speculated about Apple's role in the coming years and whether its best days are ahead or now behind the folks in Cupertino. Drawing on the historic time line presented in a BusinessWeek article this weekend that chronicles Apple's growth up to the present time, it's difficult to argue with the belief that Apple will likely dominate the future just as it has the recent past.
If you worked for, held shares in, or bought products from the Cupertino (Calif.)-based consumer electronics maker, you had plenty to love about the past 10 years. The writer Douglas Coupland once called the band R.E.M. "one of the few things that didn't suck about the '80s." And so it is with Apple in the Noughties, or whatever else we're calling the decade that dare not speak its name.
If it sounds overdramatic to say the iPod changed the world, consider this: In 1949, American homes had 2 million TV sets. By 1959 that number was 42 million. At the end of 2001, only 128,000 people had iPods. At the end of 2009, Apple has sold somewhere near a quarter-billion iPods. That sounds like a cultural shift to me. I challenge you to find a single object that more fully represents the zeitgeist of the early 21st century.
Apple's profound business transformation over the last decade, its overarching influence on the worlds of media and technology, coupled with its leadership position in the burgeoning world of mobile technology, lead me to one conclusion: The 10-year period now ended should henceforth be known as the iDecade. And I don't think it's anywhere near over.
01-01-2010, 03:09 PM #2
Hell yeah. Apple will rule the world
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01-01-2010, 03:17 PM #4
And Steve Jobs our leader? Ohhhh nooo, fuckkk no, lol.
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01-01-2010, 11:01 PM #8
steve jobs our leader, well it cant get any worse at least everyone in the military would be required to have an ipod/iphone and a macbook!!! just wait until the new iphone and this new touchscreen tablet called "the mystery". yes theyll soon take over the worldOriginally Posted by ??????
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01-02-2010, 01:33 AM #10
Apple is not allowed to rule the world until they allow wi-fi syncing of iPhones.
Until then, Jobs can bugger off.
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01-02-2010, 04:08 AM #13
Apple can rule all they want...as long as we can jailbreak whatever they bring out, that's fine with me
01-02-2010, 11:01 AM #14
Anyways I possible will get flame here but just my cents.
01-02-2010, 11:51 AM #15
iDecade...The first thing they need to do is to have a flag with the Apple Logo.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
01-02-2010, 12:57 PM #16
Keep in mind if it wasn't for Apple none of you would be on this forum having this discussion. all those who complain, get rid of your iPhone and get a "droid" or "windows mobile phone".
But we all know you love your iPhone too much.
Just my $0.02
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01-02-2010, 08:13 PM #18
I'd say Google did the best this century. Apple gained a lot with the iPhone, but that's about it.
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