The Past – Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne established Apple on April 1, 1976 in order to sell the Apple 1 Computer Kit that was hand built by Steve Wozniak. The Apple 1 was sold as a motherboard (with CPU, RAM and basic textual video chips) – less than what is considered a personal computer today. Apple was responsible for creating the desktop publishing market due to their innovative programmes, PageMaker and LaserWriter. Between 1983 and 1996 Apple experimented with a number of failed consumer target products including digital cameras, portable CD players, speakers, video consoles and TV appliances. Market share and stock prices decreased. In 2001, Apple introduced the iPod portable digital audio player. The product was phenomenally successful – over 100 million units were sold within 6 years.
The Present – January 2007, Steve Jobs, the CEO and Co-Founder of Apple, announces that Apple Computer Incorporated would now be known as Apple Inc. He also reveals the long anticipated iPhone, a combination of an Internet-enabled smartphone and the iPod. In June 2008, he announces that the iPhone 3G would be released in July 2008, this newer version added support for 3G Networking and assisted GPS navigation, among other things. In July 2008 Apple launches the App Store to sell third party applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Within one month the store sold 60 million applications and brings in an average $1 million a day.
The Future – Steve Jobs predicts the App Store becoming a billion dollar business for Apple Inc. Apple plans on focusing on satisfying personal consumer demands rather than merely fulfilling a demographic requirement as well as, improving performance and stability rather than introducing new features when releasing new versions of Operating Systems (OS X).
Question 1.2 – How does Apple counter the ever-increasing use of cell phones as single entertainment device?