Apple Computer, Inc was founded on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
Their first computers, Apple I and Apple II - while crude - initiated the personal computing craze - the idea that a computer would be useful in every home.
Apple became a hit, going on to release many more versions of the computer. But...
In the 1980s, Microsoft's MS-DOS took the market by storm, sales took a hit, and Steve Jobs signed his resignation. (returning shortly after his new line of NeXT computers flopped)
Releasing at least a couple of new operating systems each year, each of the four additional "10th" operating systems features almost comical new content such as a calendar when you press the F11 key (Dashboard), new (but only a variation of old) visual styles, and other efficient (but generally inapplicable) bells and whistles similar to content that can downloaded directly onto a Windows XP platform (ie. See Google.com for a OSX4 Spotlight equivalent). You can easily count the new features on the fingers of your hands.
To keep from "copying" Microsoft, Apple is often left with second-best. Copying the minimize/maximize/close buttons of Windows 95, they throw them awkwardly on the left. They're use an annoying drifting "dock" instead of a clean and well-organized taskbar, and Apple users are left with the Ctrl-click while PC users simply click the right mouse button.
Apple struggles with pricing and creating a market for all consumers: You can purchase a Mac Mini for only $499, but Apple's cheapest display sells for $799. It is also hindered due to a lack of developer support. (In fact, Microsoft is the largest developer of Apple software other than Apple itself). Often software is released for Mac months after the PC release.
Sales dwindling, Apple is now shifting it's primary focus from computers to the digital music market. (see iPod)
Today, Apple computers are primarily used in schools (as the software is severely fool-proofed and Apple offers a hefty educational discount), and as movie props.
The alternative to the orange.
Today, I do not wish to consume an apple. I shall seek alternative fruits.
A horrendous company that has somehow managed to stay afloat for years and appeal to a mass of misguided people. They specialize in taking existing technology, making it all shiny and fancy looking, and re-selling it for double the price. Ironically, their slogan is "Think Different".
Their latest and greatest gadget that's getting all the attention is, of course, the iPhone, which is basically comparable to any high-quality $150 phone, except it has "innovative" touch screen technology, and it sells for $600.
Apple couldn't quite figure out how to make an operating system, so they just stole the freeBSD kernel and repackaged a bastardized version of it as Mac OS X. It's funny that Apple brags that it's "Unix-based", since no one with experience in Unix would ever use a Mac.
Apple frequently runs "clever" ads. Although they've made a ton of them, all the ads boil down to how Windows has viruses and crashes all the time. Apple also have an enormous, cult-like fanbase that like to remind us of these things every five seconds. Apple fanboys are generally smug, annoying, and arrogant, despite the fact that most of them don't know jack shit about computers.
Apple Fanboy: "M$ is teh sux0r! Apple pwns!"
Windows User: "Windows has a wide selection of software and games, and a huge developer community."
Apple Fanboy: "BUT IT CRASHES AND HAS VIRUSES LOL"
Windows User: "My OS hasn't crashed since I had Windows ME. And AVG is a free program that keeps my computer secure."
Apple Fanboy: "BUT WINDOZE SUXX!"
Windows User: "Would you care to tell me about your Mac? I hear it doesn't have many tools for software developers, which are important for my work."
Apple Fanboy: "lolololol but windows sucks!!!11"
Windows User: "Did you know that a great amout of Apple software is made with Microsoft Visual C++?"
Apple Fanboy: "omg wtf is C++?"
The truly heinous name of Chris Martin and Gwenyth Paltrow's lovechild.
Your father and I are sorry for giving you that truly heinous name.
PS: I hope your therapy sessions are going well.
THE MOST BADASS FUCKING FRUIT ON THE FUCKING PLANET. SERIOUSLY, THIS MOTHERFUCKER KICKS THE SHIT OUT OF THE PUSSY ORANGE OR BANANA. THIS JUICY, RED MOTHERFUCKER IS THE BEST FUCKING THING THAT GOD HAS EVER CREATED. EAT AN A APPLE AND YOUR DICK WILL GROW 3 INCHES. FUCK.
Woah, look at that badass over there eating an apple
A manufacturer of computers, peripherials, and software with around a 3% share of the pc market.
Most well-known products include:
final cut pro
While their operating system's market share may be significantly below that of Microsoft's windows, many still prefer to use Apple's computers and software, especially for graphical design and audio work.
Many people like to debate over the superiority of macs over pcs and visa versa, such people have no lives.
1. "Quite frankly, I don't give a shit weather you prefer Apple computers or Windows PCs."
2. "The Apple vs. PC debate is mindless and insubstantial, try both and use whichever you prefer."
Apple Macintosh (1984+)
Mac Mini (2005)
Mac OS X (10)
System 7,6 ect
iWill log into my iMac G5, iSync my iPhoto files to Mi iPod Photo.
A greedy-ass company that makes a shit tone of money and over-prices their products
Guy 1: Hey, want to go to the Apple Store and get a iPod Touch?
Guy 2:No. I would rather spend money on something that's worth 400 bucks. Like cocaine and hookers.