Saturday, May 22, 2021

Small idea big idea

Small Idea Big Apple
Apple Computers started as a small scale adventure into computing and has become a tech industry leader. One of the many areas Apple Computers leads the way in tech is in its personal computers such as iMacs, MacBooks, iPads and iPhones. Those are just some of the hardware offerings. We're not going to dive too far into the Apple Computer domain in this write up. We're not even going to scratch the surface, we'll just review a bit and look back on a little history. The main goal is to share an example of something which started small and grew into something very big. Most folks today interface with an Apple Computer product. And Apple products are an industry standard from fit and finish, overall quality and ease of use. When did it all start?

Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976. Steve Jobs attended Reed University and left early. Steve Wozniak had an Electrical Engineering background and designed both the Apple I and Apple II. Ronald Wayne was in the computer industry and served in an advisory role to both Jobs and Wozniak. Wayne was later bought out from his role in the company. To think all this started in a garage in and around what is today called Silicon Valley. Small beginnings with lofty goals. As Apple Computer progressed we've been introduced to some of the most innovative products in tech and not just the hardware but how we use the hardware. One of the earliest computers to use a GUI - Graphical User Interface, was called the Xerox Alto. The Xerox Alto became one of the first, if not the first all in one computer with a GUI. Although they were big and bulky it gave all those who experienced it an idea of
future computing.The GUI gives users an easy way to point and click, drag and drop, and even pinch and swipe. I'm not suggesting Apple developed the GUI solo; however, Apple did begin to apply cutting edge concepts to its operating systems and personal computers early on. Some of the concepts Apple brought to personal computing in its early Macintosh Computers were certainly inspired by the many types of technologies in the tech industry like the Xerox Alto. 
So we go from an idea of a computer being designed and built in a garage, to a computer the size of an iPhone and everything in between. Like I mentioned earlier we are not even going to scratch the surface and there is lots in between. Oh! And I haven't even mentioned the internet. Apple started small, kept building, kept innovating and kept growing. I remember going back to the Commodore 64 and a tape cassette drive. Commodore 64 was not an Apple Computer. Commodore 64 is command line entry and so were the early Apple computers. My first introduction to an Apple product was an Apple IIe with a Dot matrix printer. Then the Macintosh line of computers brought the GUI to life and most computing hasn't looked back. I remember having a Macintosh as a Senior in High School and using it for writing papers and essays. Later on, Apple introduced the iMac. The Bondi Blue iMac was designed with something new in mind. The iMac had internet capability and could surf the web or what was called the World Wide Web or internet. We use Apple Computer products in all varieties, and although we haven't even scratched the surface of Apple Computers within this write up, we've skimmed a bit. The main concept is that Apple certainly had a big idea, but started small.

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