5 things that Apple killed and helped technology move forward

Whether you like Apple or not, it's hard to argue that the company takes some bold risks and does certain things years before the competition dares to do them...
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38. AlikMalix unregistered

I have absolutely no argument with what you said. And I know that ctdog is a troll in regards to android. But I guess I rather they all praise their own choice vs criticizing other's choices. I have made more criticism toward android vs Apple by a huge margin - but that's because Apple is so much better for me and many others. But in no way do I ever imply (like FF, techie, horse, and others do) that they made a bad choice because android doesn't work for me. That's the part that really pisses me off about commenters on PA and all over the net

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I remember that Apple killed itself off and it's competition kept it from dying. They repaid the debt by killing off so much tech.

5. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Yes and have apple ipen?

41. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

May be that's why Mrs Clinton lost.......... because of too much media love, that made ppl nauseous?

12. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It was because of Steam that digital purchases became big. Steam did it in 2002 and grew insanely. It was more focused on games but it actually spearheaded the digital revolution. Even software was available for purchase online all over the web just not in a central part. The app store just made it available to mobile which made sense. You're not going to buy software on a disk to put on a mobile device.

13. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Most of these things would have died with or without Apple killing them. The disk (the contemporary standard, not talking specifically about floppy, cd, dvd, bluray) should and will not die anytime soon, no matter if it's in the macbook or not. The 3.5 jack also: Apple pulled a greedy stunt and will harvest the money off their believers - meanwhile the Android crowd will have their convenient port until the truly wireless headphones (with proper standby times) come out and the 3.5 jack can actually be obsolete.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That's the problem with the iFan media, as if you can't have both until the technology becomes so prevalent that it dies a natural death. They can suffer until the wireless revolution while the smarter individuals will have both until its time.

14. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

If you added the removal of the headphone jack to the list, people will go apes**t crazy on you. Me included.

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Victor, I agree with Apple doing away with resistive screens as a user input method. They were the first to employ a capacitive display on a mass-market device. I don't agree with the notion of Apple making buttons obsolete. It's easy for them to design phones since they only offer one model. Android, and to a lesser extent Windows, eschewed capacitive buttons for the onscreen variety due to design constraints, particularly mapping said buttons. No sir, cost reduction eliminated buttons, not Apple.

20. dcarmi

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 11, 2016

Apple finally managed to make their own Stylus, though they call it a pencil. Blackberry have sued companies trying to provide a physical keyboard for iPhones. Personally I have no need of a physical keyboard on a phone, though a bluetooth one on a tablet can be useful. The first all touchscreen handset was developed in 1992. The first recognised online software sales were in 1994, when Apple were on the road to oblivion (before Jobs returned to save them). I owned an Asus laptop in 2007 with no floppy or CD drive. I also checked and my current PC and laptop both have DVD and Amazon have plenty such machines in stock. Therefore, they were neither the first to omit and they have so far failed to kill it. I'd argue adopting USB in the iMac was far more significant than ditching the floppy drive (but you can have that point). However, I do agree that a normal user should have no need for a task manager, in a properly written multi-tasking system. iOS does have a rudimentary task manager to allow the user to deal with apps that have gone rogue. My point is that Apple rarely invent but they are masters at design and pulling ideas together. They have been very good at adapting when they have to. The question in my mind is do they have a plan going forward?

22. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

They also killed slow old eMMC and Sata flash.

23. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple = Innovation

24. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Android soon.....

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Of course Steam isn't a centralized store for apps, but the idea is basically the same and was initially released in 2003.

31. sukrith2194 unregistered

Just saying... Most people still prefer laptops with CD/DVD/BR player... I'll never buy a laptop without a CD player unless it's thin as hell! Then I'll probably buy an external drive!

33. AlikMalix unregistered

I have not opened up my CD player in my PC for over 3-4 years. I'm gonna go home after work and open it just to see if still works.

37. AlikMalix unregistered

Just realized that using the word "cd/DVD player" feels like using "Casset player" in conversations.

43. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

There are some things Apple can kill if they have a better replacement for it or if it becoming less popularly used. But Apple shouldn't have killed that headphone jack because it is still very popular and other companies are making advances in headphone technology. Apple did not kill the headphone jack, they killed it for they can make more money out of certification.

46. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Uh...wrong on all accounts... I think 'Article Sponsored by Apple' is missing, because none of these are actually true if you know what went on in the tech world then, but if you do not, then I can see why you would think this.

48. Ironboned

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Another bulls**t from iPhonearena

50. Donforreal

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

so many factual errors, i dont have time to point at them all, software in a box? I had WinMo and Palm for years with apps and programs that I bought that did not come from a box...
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