Apple Unveils First Personal Computer
For most of history, apples have been associated with plums, pears and other fruits with a very slight resemblance to a raisin. However, in recent decades, more subtle colorings have appeared to give the fruit an altogether different look. Today, you can find an apple almost anywhere, but they are mostly found in the southern United States, especially in southern California and Florida. In fact, Florida is home to more varieties of apple than any other state in the U.S.
The original green colored apple was named the “California Apple” because it looked more like an apple than a raisin. The name stuck and today the majority of apple varieties are known as the “California Apple”. The apple with a yellow, raisin like skin is the “Wizumi” variety which is the most popular variety in the United States. While the skin color may be clear or yellow, the apple’s black stripes are called “iri”. The white skinned apple called the “Pink apple” has two black stripes on each side and is sold in stores in California.
This all changed when the world’s largest newspaper, the New York Times, conducted a research project. Using data provided by the USDA’s National Organic Program, the newspaper tracked organic apples so that the names would not be the same as the traditional ones. After the research was completed, the newspaper made a major new announcement. They announced a new product. This new product would not be sold in traditional apple stores.
Instead, it would only be available at select vaccine centers. In addition, it would require a special type of identification card and password. It is obvious from this that the paper was trying to promote safer practices in medical practices. If everyone could have access to the product, without having to go through a security process, then the paper made a big announcement.
Apple Computers was the first to take advantage of this new system. They posted a message on their website stating that they “could vaccine centers [are] accepting apple computers.” It seems that this step was meant to help Apple win over the vaccine center market. As the antivirus software companies to see more people using computers, they will need to create different types of identification cards to allow them to gain access to people who wish to shop in their centers.
The other part of the paper that jumped out at me was their statement, “This effort is part of a growing push by Silicon Valley leaders to position the company more strongly in the digital media market.” What part of the digital media market is “more strongly” positioned? What is the future of apple-based computers? How does this affect the future of the consumer PC?
Well, let me see if I can predict something; the future of the personal computer may be more of a hybrid device. With Intel’s new ‘Edison’ chip being released sometime in the near future, Apple could have a real competitive edge over Microsoft. Microsoft has been trying to get into the wireless notebook market with their Pocket PC. Apple has already announced that they are going to offer the Macintosh computers to be placed in the more popular book stores. Now they may expand that to all of the book stores around the world!
This means that the Apple brand name will be everywhere, from your friend’s living room, to the school library, or in the break room of their college dorm. Personally, I am very excited about the prospect of Apple offering a personal computer in a small, easy to use, plastic case, with a wireless keyboard and mouse. There is no reason that someone with no experience with computers should not buy one. Plus, the Wozniak quote refers to the fact that the Mac operating system will be “the easiest to learn for a PC buyer.”