Apple Lineup of Products
In this article, I will share my knowledge about new family of computers like Mac, MacBook, iMac, MacBook Pro, ipad iPhone, Mac Pro and other devices.
Mac computers were being manufactured in 80’s but for some strange reasons, people were not impressed most probably another company was doing well in computer area. Windows operating system was making its way to dominate the world for several decades until virus era arrived, which forced computer users from PC to Apple’s Mac machines. Apple computers were using IBM processor in the beginning, which hold it away from huge consumers market for a while. The main reason was PC computers were using Intel chipsets and software manufacturers were developing software for Intel based computers and because Mac computers were IBM chipset, it was not feasible for computer users.
At the moment about 70-75 percent of the world market is being dominated by Microsoft based windows computers but Apple’s computers which are known as Mac computers are growing its market share. A few years back, one could not even imagine that Apple computers would be so popular. Apple is the only company in the world that makes Mac Computers. This means one company controls everything about Mac computers and laptops i.e. operating system and desktop and laptop computers which do not seem like a good idea for other businesses but in my opinion, this may be good as long as quality is concerned. The reason I am saying this is when we look at PCs and laptops, many different companies are involved in the business i.e. only one company make the operating system which is Windows and all others make hardware like laptops, desktops, parts and other hand held devices. Coming back to topic, Mac computers are slowly dominating the market share. How long and how far it will go, it’s too early to guess.
So what is the reason Apple computers are getting popular? In my opinion, there are two basic reasons. One is (a) better software architecture (b) Innovation. Second reason is very important. PCs and laptops computers are based on Intel based processors. So all software manufacturers always design software and applications for Intel based machines. Apple was using IBM processor (called G 3, G 4, G 5). When Apple realized that this area is hijacking their progress, they switched to Intel and got a big boost in popularity. There are some other reasons that make Apple computers different from a PC and that is the hardware layer is better than PCs. For example the battery life of Apple MacBooks, iPad, and iPhone, is very good. Some of their machines like iMac are more popular than a normal PC computer.
Apple line up of computers includes three types of machines. In desktops, they have iMac, towers and small factor. iMac is all in one machine. Only a mouse and keyboard is required to operate it. In tower, they have G towers and Intel towers and Mac Pros. They also have a compact machine called Mac mini. These are small factor machines but are powerful and innovative products. Mac mini is like a PC CPU that connects to a monitor, mouse and keyboard. The other lineup is the most popular one and that is their laptop product which includes PowerBook G4, iBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air. In MacBooks, they have older types like G based machines and newer kind that includes Intel based machines like pre-unibody MacBooks and Unibody MacBook Pros. Similarly, in desktops, they have machines with IBM processors and Intel chip. The third type of Apple products are hand held devices including iPad, iPhone and iPod.
Their operating system is called Mac OSX. This includes Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion. OSX, Mountain Lion is the latest operating system in today’s date. Mac machines are expensive than PCs. The reason is they are more innovative and are strong against viruses. Apple devices had big time issues with compatibility in the past but that is almost gone now. Most applications are now compatible with Mac devices. In the past, it was hard to find software and hardware that would work with Mac computers but not any more. Nowadays every hardware and software meets system requirements for Apple computers and MacBooks. All this happened very quickly in the last few years. In general Mac computers use the same storage devices that PC systems use which means hard drive or hardware failure is no different than PCs.
In this article I tried to describe Apple line up of desktops and laptops called MacBooks and portable devices like iPad, iPhone and iPod.
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Submitted on: 2013-07-31 02:38:37