"It thrills me when my young children pick up their iDevices and enjoy them, without asking for help, or need of a manual. To me that says it in a nutshell. The other day a friend mocked my iPad, "its a toy", you know why they say this, because its so easy t use, hence they get confused.
But hang on are not computers meant to be hard to use, this is serious stuff we are using, don't let your 7 year old touch it, they will break it.
So I think that the greatest accomplishment of Apple is that it has given computers to the masses, simple and elegant to use, underneath, amazing technology, much of it, leading-edge."
I have been saying this to friends since the 80s and it seems now in the 21st century that the Apple 'vision' which the Steves dreamed of and strived towards from the 70s onwards, is finally coming true on a global scale, albeit not with the Mac as the champion product. Sure, it's a matter of choice and always has been, but too many people credit Bill Gates and Windows for the OS revolution forgetting the history of Windows origins. Also often forgotten is the simple reality that new computer users, such as children and the elderly are baffled by non-Apple approaches to user interaction and operating systems, in particular Windows. I like many others benefitted from using Apple computers through school and then university, choosing to ignore the awful Windows PCs that gathered dust in the corner, only to join the workforce and be forced to use Windows in the enterprise, which results in frustration and confusion until you decipher the non-user friendliness of the whole operation.
Sure, Windows has improved dramatically with the arrival of Windows 7, their most Apple like OS ever, but it has taken an apparent eternity to get there from the promises and hype of Windows 95.
Traditionally, non-Apple OSs make no logical sense to the new user, only to the Administrators who do it for a living or a time consuming hobby or both. It doesn't need to be like that, and it never has, but it has taken a quarter of a century and a number of revolutionary products for people to start realising this.
It is also interesting that many companies continue to dismiss Apple because of their "integrated" approach, prefering the so called "open" approach that Windows and now Android champions. But the end result is neither engages or provides any great benefit to the end user, and it is so easy to forget that end users make up 99% of the population, not administrators. Just my two cents.
Thanks for the comment on my post.
Yes, what you also wrote is too true, but slowly, although gathering much pace, the worm turns, and it is Apple leading the way.
I have to use a PC at work, here is how a typical days goes by:
1. Boot up (with a few minutes)
2. Okay, Outlook is down for the zillionith time, re-boot
3. Still down, notify help desk, "yes we know there is a proble, looking into it:
4. Communicator is down, when its not, get missed calls, ghosts at the other end
Maybe I'm holding the receiver wrong lol !
5. If I'm call that week, I lug the wonderful brilliant and amazing Dell laptop home
"Dad why are you bringing that piece of crap (our code for PCs) into our home ? The kids ask
6. It takes 5 mins and 7 secs to boot the Dell (my 10 year old G4 takes 15 secs) and my
5 year old MBP takes about 45 secs, go figure ?
I HATE everything M$, why ? Because they make garbage its that simple, and most people are sucked into a vacuum of zero class, poor design, crappy quality, non-existant support, and an OS that was devised by a person in a straight jacket.
I'm am SO HAPPY when I can use my Macs, the same sentiment from my high school son, as the school mainly has PCs that either don't work, or are so full of M$ rot, that they need to be thrown out. Why oh why are schools in Australia purchasing windoze machines, when Macs are MUCH cheaper over time. No windoze rot, no viruses, better security, brilliant UI, robust design - perfect for kids, elegant, ease of use, hold their resell value much better, and last far longer than PCs. I am still amazed and frustrated with schools.