My fellow Mac360 colleague and I were talking about the most influential Apple products of the decade because we saw a few lists online. We decided to make a couple of lists. To decide which list would be Apple vs. the Mac, we did a FaceTime coin flip.
I lost. Ms Brannan won a look at the MacBook Air as the most influential Mac of the decade while I got to list all of Apple’s most best or most influential products of the decade. My list is longer. Longer is better.
Best vs. Influence
Brannan is correct. The MacBook Air is the most influential Mac of the past decade. What do most PC notebooks look like these days? The original MacBook Air, thin, light, tapered.
Apple’s Steve Jobs may have a long list of industry-changing and market-disrupting products– Mac, iPod, iTunes, iTunes Music Store, iPhone, iPhone App Store, iPad– but it isn’t as if CEO Tim Cook has been standing still. Jobs was the king of disruption. Cook is the king of iPhone accessories.
So, what products of the past decade would I put on my list of best and most influential from Apple? Let me back up.
Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in 2010 and it was a huge hit from the first time it showed up in the Apple Store. The installed base of iPad customers is nearing 300-million– three times the number of Mac users. What do all tablets look like today? Apple’s iconic iPad.
Jobs died in 2011 but cook launched a number of products since then that have actually overtaken both Mac and iPad sales. Services and Wearables. Included in the former are items such as Apple Pay and Apple Music, and in the latter Apple Watch and AirPods, both of which are larger than Apple’s iPod business ever was.
As for which of Apple’s products are the best, most of us at Mac360 agree that the latest of each model count as the best in their respective categories. Mac Pro? The 2019 cheesegrater is not the cheesegrater Mac Pro of yesteryear. iMac Pro? Apple’s Retina 5K display remains truly lust-worthy, even in the era of Mac Pro Dsplay XDR for $12,000 with the stand.
Every new Mac is better than any Mac from a decade ago. The powerful iMac Pro, starting at $4,999 is a powerhouse that is cheaper than Apple’s original Mac, circa 1984 at $2,495– in 2020 dollars.
iPhone? Puhleese. iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best ever to roll out from Apple’s factory surrogates in China. Best display, fastest speed, best battery life, best applications. I’ve had three Apple Watch models. Which is best? Watch Series 5. I’ve had two AirPods. The best? AirPods Pro. Best iPad? 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Across the board, Apple is moving its best foot forward with each product line; great value in iPad at $329 vs. incredible power in the Pro series. MacBook Air might be overpriced compared to some PC models, but it’s still a Mac. All other Macs can be configured to be lust-worthy, too.
With few exceptions through the years, the best of Apple seems to be the latest. Mac Cube notwithstanding.