Here it is Friday afternoon, and you are probably wondering, pondering, thinking, and asking yourself, “Just how big and important is Apple?” Come on I know you are.
As Apple continues to grow, successfully moving from a computer manufacturer, to a “device” maker. I use that term loosly since Apple is selling more than devices. They are selling a lifestyle built around their technology, design, and user experience. You might be wondering just how big they actually are in terms of numbers.
The infographic below from Best Computer Science Degrees takes a look at just how big Apple really is. And it’s pretty huge if you don’t already know. Since launching in 2008, Apple has sold more than 200 million iOS devices. 200 million. Think about that. The entire combined output of the world-wide auto industry is just 213 million. In less than 4 years iOS devices rival the auto industry in terms of actual units sold. Another important fact from the graphic below, 40% of Apple’s revenue is credited to the iPhone alone. 40% of Apple’s 10 billion dollar revenue.
Apple has a funny way of subtly influencing the industrial design world with the products it releases. I doubt the intention of the designer of the Monolith toilet for Geberit was to create the iToilet, but like it or not, this really does look like an iPhone 4. That black glass slab, banded in brushed aluminum while not a direct knock off, definitely bares a stricking resemblance to John Ive’s masterpiece from Cupertino. If it had an illuminated touch screen face, it really would be the iToilet. I wonder if Steve Jobs has one of these in his house?
There is a show on BBC 2 called “Dragon’s Den”. A year or so back I think Fox had a similar reality show called “Shark Tank” or something here in the USA. I never watched it, the whole thing just made me uncomfortable for so many reasons.
Today when I was searching YouTube for videos on technologies that changed 2010 I came across this video clip. Here we have a really nice mashup of “Dragons Den” and Steve Jobs iPad presentation. The edit is spot on to the way this show really plays out, and there is a real sense of irony here when you think about just how successful the iPad ultimately was in 2010.