Posts Tagged iPod
Despite having used and abandoned multiple tablets over the years, I’m still looking forward to Apple’s much anticipated iSlate, iPad or iMustHaveIt Tablet (or whatever it will be called). Of course those old tablets were used primarily for work, and the new Apple tablet is primarily a consumer device that might augment my professional life with no intention of being a replacement for my work laptop.
In a few short days the calendar will roll over two places leaving behind the aughts or zero years of the 21st century and heading into our century’s awkward teen years. And in the finest traditions of calendar journalism that means its time for a wrap-up or best of column. Today’s entry will announce the Inaugural Thom Mitchell winner of Technology of the Decade, an award given on a decennial basis.
What’s next for Apple? The venerable iPod is almost 8 years old, but it wasn’t always the market maker it is today. For the first three years iPod sales were less than stellar because those first iPods only worked with Apple computers, this at a time when Apple had only 4% of the computer market. Sales reflected that limping along at roughly a million a quarter until the 2004 Christmas Season when the 1st iPod Photo, or 4g iPod to use the lingo, was released in October. iPod sales caught fire, shifting from an interesting but optional item for the Mac-owning music lover niche to a must-have accessory for everyone.