Thursday, 2 December 2010

The vision of Apple

I can still remember all the fuss that was generated by the launch of the blue iMac back in the late 90s.

Although people raved about the looks of the iMac many people took issue with the fact that Apple had ditched the 3.5 floppy drive.

Looking back it's hard to appreciate how radical a step it was for Apple to stop supporting the floppy.

After all it only held about 2mb of data.

Yes 2mb!

To put that into perspective consider this:

If Apple supplied iTunes in a floppy format it would require about 46 discs.

And if Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) came in floppy format it would require an astonishing 368 discs.

Given those stats it becomes clear that Apple were quite visionary when it came to ditching the floppy drive.

Which makes me wonder if we'll one day same the same thing about cd drives or usb ports?