With news that Apple, with the iPhone 7, may completely abandon the tried and true 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, we're reminded that the company has absolutely no qualms about abandoning technological standards, no matter how crazy it may seem at the time. Indeed, Apple's penchant for tossing aside the old and ushering in the new, while frustrating and misapplied at times, is also what makes the company great.
Over the course of Apple's history, the company has helped popularize a number of technologies quicklyÂ became commonplace across the industry.Â While Apple doesn't often invent new technologies out of thin air, it has a long history ofÂ repurposing and refining existing technologies in ways that fundamentallyÂ resonate with end users, and ultimately prompt competitors to follow suit.
Listed below areÂ 7 such examples.
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