In the first quarter 2019, Apple still leads the world in innovation and provides seamless experiences across its devices and empowers users with its breakthrough products including updated iMac line, new AirPods, the second generation of the world’s favorite wireless headphones and new services including Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Card and much more. (more…)
Everyone knows that Apple has always been know for its priciest products. From Macs to iPhones, from iPads to chargers, if a device or accessory is coming from Apple, it will one of the most expensive options on the market.
The Most Expensive Products Apple Has Ever Sold
These steep prices even have spawned a cute term – Apple tax – that has become wide-known with critics of Apple. But customers are willing to pay more not to have Apple logo adorn their devices, but because those famous Apple’s devices have become a synonym for quality, having created thus an image of a secure and solid company.
Here are some of the most expensive Apple’s devices, the company produced through its history:
Apple LISA Computer
Released in 1985, LISA’s initial price was of $9.995. This model was called allegedly, supposedly and rumorously after Steve Jobs’ daughter Lisa, and its price is equal today a whopping sum of $25,000, if we use standard inflation rates in our approach. But this price was rather understandable, as for ten thousand dollars buyers were getting a true marvel, the first mouse-operated device with a GUI (short for Graphical User Interface) system.
Macintosh Twentieth Anniversary
Released in March 1997 and known as TAM (Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh), this computer was a unique piece of technology. It has never fitted into any Apple product line, but many consider is the ancestor of the iMacs, as it was all-in-one computer where all the components were held behind the screen in a slim body. But the TAM cost $7,500, which would be about $11,500 given the actual inflation rate. Curiously enough, in about ten months the TAM was discontinued and the price for the last units got slashed to $2,000 just to clear stock.
Introduced in 1989, the Macintosh Portable was the very first Apple’s portable computer (well, it weighed 16 lbs and we can hardly call “portable” a computer weighing more than 7 lbs or so today). For this first Apple’s portable the company asked $7,300, an equivalent of $14,500 in 2017.
Apple LaserWriter was one of the first printers produced by Apple. This laser printer could be shared at the same time by over a dozen Macintosh computers and we can guess that it was destined to be used by rather big enterprises. It cost $ 7,000 in 1985, year of its release. It was an expensive device, but it meant a lot for the development of printer’s industry.
Apple Watch Edition
Apple announced its Apple Watch Edition in 2015, with the starting price at $10,000 with a modest rose gold casings,while the watch with 18-karat yellow or rose gold case and clasps proudly announced $17,000. But this model didn’t find its fans and by 2017 it topped out at $1,300.
Mac Pro Upgraded and Customized
This is a version conceived and manufactured by Business Insider gurus. They took a Mac Pro desktop of 2013 and upgraded every possible internal component and added every accessory Apple suggested to their cart. The final and staggering price was that of $20,934.45.
In April 2017 though Apple announced that its new standard iPad would cost only $329, while the company sold the original iPad at $499 when this tablet was introduced in 2010. This step might mark a new strategy for Apple, who knows… and we certainly will see the development in the years to come.
In 2018, Apple still leads the world in innovation and provides seamless experiences across its devices and empowers users with its breaktrough services including Apple Music, iCloud, App Store, Apple Pay and more. (more…)
On March 21, 2017, Apple announces iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus RED Special Edition in a red aluminum finish, in recognition of more than ten years of partnership between Apple and (RED). This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation. The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24. (more…)
Apple designed its first iMac as the first Macintosh computer as a machine without a floppy disk drive, but with a USB port. With USB port being a cross-platform, users could connect to hardware compatible with both x86 Pcs and Macs. USB has allowed Macintosh users to select from a large selection of devices marketed for the Wintel PC platform, such as hubs, scanners, storage devices, USB flash drives, or mice. Later Apple gradually remove older peripheral interfaces and floppy drives from the rest of its product line. (more…)
In 2017, with more than 100,000 employees working for the company, Apple still leads the world in innovation and provides seamless experiences across its devices and empowers users with its breaktrough services including Apple Music, iCloud, App Store, Apple Pay and more. (more…)
While the first Apple II clones were generally exact copies of their Apple counterparts that competed mainly on price, many Apple’s clones had extra capabilities too. For example, a Franklin model, the Ace 1000, sported a numeric keypad and lower-case long before these features were added to the Apple II line. Finally, most of the clone manufacturers chose to stop production on their own once the IBM PC became popular since it was possible to make legitimate clones of the PC which would not violate any of IBM’s patents or copyrights. (more…)
Apple started its advertising company as early as 1976, when Steven Wozniak contacted Mike Markkula. Mike Markkula was a retired Intel Marketing Manager, and Steven Wozniak asked him to provide the funds for the very first Apple Computer publicity. From 1977 to 1981, Apple used the “Regis McKenna” agency for its advertisements and marketing. Regis McKenna’s advertising operations division appeared later (in 1981) acquired by “Chiat/Day” advertising agency. “Chiat/Day”, which itself merged later in 1995 with TBWA Worldwide company, a part of the global marketing group Omnicom. Back in 1981, “Chiat/Day” acquired Regis McKenna’s advertising operations. (more…)
The Apple IIgs (also known as Apple //gs) was the last member of the Apple II (//) line of computers. This model was also the most powerful machine in this line. This computer was built around a Western Design Center 65C816 processor running at either 2.8 or 1 Mhz; and included expanded graphics and sound functions. (more…)
Apple IIc (also known as Apple //c), the first compact and portable model in the Apple lineup, was itroduced in April of 1984. The Apple //c+ was introduced in 1988, with a 4 MHz 65C02, RAM expandable to over 1 MB, a larger ROM, and an optional internal 800 kB 3.5-inch drive. (more…)
The Apple IIe (also known as Apple ][e or as Apple //e) was one of the most successful Apple computers ever. This model was based on the 6502 processor, which could run at 1.02 MHz and came with 64K of RAM and 16 or 32K ROM. The Apple IIe worked on BASIC, an assembly language interface, as well as on several other hard-coded options. The company used the name Apple //e from 1984, coinciding with the release of the Apple //c model. (more…)
Apple II Plus (known also as Apple ][ +) is a computer from the Pre-Macintosh family of Apple Computers. This model was an updated version of the Apple II and came with 48K RAM, as well as a new auto-start ROM for easier start-up and screen editing. Altogether, except for improved graphics, disk-booting support in the ROM, and the removal of the 2k 6502 assembler/disassembler to make room for the floating point BASIC, the Apple II+ was otherwise identical to the original Apple II model. (more…)
Postage stamps and computers: Stamps collecting is a popular hobby, and that’s why stamps are often produced as collectibles. Usually a small paper rectangle that is attached to an envelope, the postage stamp signifies that the person sending the letter or package has prepaid for delivery. So using postage stamps is the most popular alternative to using a prepaid-postage envelope. In fact, stamps have been issued in many shapes besides the usual square or rectangle, including triangular, circular, pentagonal or even in the shape of fruit. Today, many countries issue stamps which reflect the new technology era with computers, IT personalities or computer related events honored on these stamps. Here comes the complete history of the stamps dedicated to this amazing world of electronic items : (more…)
The year 2015 was great for Apple. The 12-inch MacBook, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Apple Pay, Apple Music, Beats 1, Apple Watch, gave the world plenty to talk about. And App Store rings in 2015 with new records. In this text we look at the complete list of what Apple did back in 2015. (more…)
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By 2012, Apple had a huge line-up of high-end personal computers, iPods, iPhones and iPads. The electronic giant has also developed a thriving business through the iTunes Store, selling music, video, and applications for both iOS and MacOS. Apple’s attitude of “Thinking Differently” proved great vision and not always doing the same things as the competition. In 2012, Apple was bold and occasionally put a few noses out of joint, but that’s the price paid for thinking outside the box. (more…)
In 2011, Apple Inc. became the most valuable company in the world. The same year the company lost Steve Jobs, its founder, visionary, and leader. Anyway, 2011 was all about Apple in the world. Indeed, January marked the first time the company surpassed a $300 billion market cap. Also in January, the Mac App Store opened for business, phase three of Apple’s plan to kill off the optical disc. Apple’s First Quarter earnings were the best ever for the company, with $26.7 Billion in revenue, $6 Billion in profit on 7.33 Million iPads and 16.24 Million iPhones sold. In the second quarter Apple earnings were a blow-out again with $24.67 billion in revenue on 18.65 million iPhones, 4.69 million iPads, and 3.76 million Macs sold. Apple’s quarter was so good that they actually surpassed Microsoft in terms of profitability, something which hadn’t happened in a couple decades. Apple destroyed earnings estimates once again in quarter three with record revenues, profits, iPhone (over 20 million), and iPad sales. As a result, Apple shot past $400 a share on the stock market. By late July, Apple had more cash (and cash equivalents) on its books than the U.S. government. (more…)