“The apple is a sparrow dressed in glory.” That’s how one of the most well-known nursery rhymes begins. To many of us, the apple symbolizes the very essence of what it is to be an apple. To others, however, the apple is much more than a metaphor. It is a lifestyle, a mentality, a culture, and a community.
The tradition of putting apples on wedding cakes dates back to the fifteenth century, when a monk from the Abbey of St. Lawrence in France ordered that John Sculley, a poor man who lived at Bordeaux, is given an apple for his first meal after being released from prison. John’s new meal was not until the following day when he was traveling with other prisoners through the countryside. A weary John stopped at a roadside apple tree where a woman, who knew him, told him he would certainly enjoy eating the apple next to the road. John took a handful of the fruit, cracked it open with his teeth, savored the taste, swallowed it, and drove home.
John had been given a special gift by the abbey; a loaf of rich bread and butter, which he was to cook that day. The head steward of the monastery, Robert d’Argent, noted the good luck that John would soon enjoy. He gathered his men and informed them that they would need to send a messenger to Bordeaux to deliver the news of the apple and to find John Sculley. The monks knew that John would delight in such a royal gift, especially since it came from their monastery. The women from the abbey, however, had gathered information about the customs of Europe, which they could pass on to John and his men in order to increase their wealth.
John was delighted with his reward and took the news of the great apple very seriously. He and his men traveled to England and presented the gift of the apple to King Henry II. John and the English company still continue to be linked to each other, although the company still produces its products in the English language. As a matter of fact, the Apple product is one of the most popular products in all of the world.
An apple is no longer just an apple, for a long time people have tried to imitate it. For example, the Chinese imitated an apple by planting little apples in large numbers on the top of tall buildings in an attempt to give the impression of the sky and the cloud. It is interesting to note that even when the weather is warm people will still want to eat an apple. So Wozniak designed the apple to be the symbolic representation of all fruits and vegetables. This explains why you always see fresh and green apples at the grocery store shelves.
Apple is not the only fruit that we are tempted by when we are hungry, but we also get a lot of other new ideas every day. A computer is no longer just a computer. The newest Mac computers include CD burners, CD readers, DVD burners, Internet access and high-speed wireless Internet. All of these innovations have had a profound impact on the user experience. Today we are used to having all of the things that Wozniak wanted, yet at the same time our computers are much more user friendly than they were twenty years ago.
There is a common misconception about Apple Macintosh computers. One common misconception is that Apple Macintosh computers are too complicated to use. The basic truth about Apple Macintosh computers is that they are extremely user friendly. When you first start up your new Mac computer, you will immediately notice that there is no longer any need to learn assembly language. Instead, you will notice that the on screen instructions are automatically inserted into your Mac laptop or desktop.
In today’s world we have seen many different personal computer designs but none has ever come close to what the apple product line has done. Even though Apple has taken over the Macintosh computer business, their business is not based on personal computers alone. The entire Mac product line is derived from the same idea as Wozniak designed, the computer is an object that helps us to express ourselves.