The first Apple Retail Store opened 10 years ago today and since opening their very first store Apple haven’t looked back. Now with over 320 stores open worldwide and employing over 30,000 staff, Apple is surely sitting on the crest of their very own self built wave.
To celebrate the retail stores 10th anniversary I thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the products Apple were offering back in 2001 (cutting edge at the time) and some of the items they currently offer in their stores today. There’s also a video of Steve Jobs below giving viewers a sneak peek of the very first Apple Retail Store at¬†Tysons Corner, VA.
Apple Retail Store Product Lineup Comparison – 2001 vs 2010
2001 – 15″ PowerBook G4
500MHz PowerPC G4 processor
256MB memory (expandable to 1GB)
20GB Hard drive (expandable to 30GB)
Screen resolution 1152 x 768
2001 – 15″ CRT iMac
600MHz PowerPC G3 processor
128MB memory (expandable to 1GB)
40GB Hard Drive (not expandable)
Screen resolution – Built-in 15-inch shadow-mask CRT (13.8-inch diagonal viewable image size); 0.28-mm dot pitch
So there you have it, some of Apple product comparisons from ‘Then’ and ‘Now’.
Technology has come a mighty long way in 10 years, who knows what the next 10 years hold!
Here’s just a few of the products that didn’t even exist in Apple’s portfolio in 2001, and perhaps weren’t even on the agenda apart from a tiny little thought in the mind of Steve Jobs, maybe not even he knew these products were going to exist back in 2001. They don’t need an introduction!
I will leave you with a video of Steve Jobs in 2001 showing off the very first Apple Retail Store…enjoy!