Looking at the image above I see one icon and one primitive sketch of a product. The original Nintendo Game Boy retains its allure despite being technologically bested in every way and multiple times over by its successors. The Game Boy is not just old, it is a classic. Many of us have fond memories of staring down at its greenish screen for hours. The newer models offer a more robust experience, but who doesn’t enjoy returning to the original?
Now look to the right. Do you even recognize that? It is of course the orignal iPod. Many of us would laugh if we saw one of these toted around today. It does not have a color screen, hell it does not even have a touch wheel. When I picture an iPod I see something close to the 4th generation and later models; a basic, rounded rectangle with a screen and circular controls. I see the small white rectangle from the commercials. Apple did not create an iconic piece of hardware with their first iPod model, but the company did create an iconic product. The classic iPod continues to evolve year after year, but it remains consistent to the idea established in the early advertisements. Apple does not want its customers to get attached to a single model. New features are constantly being introduced to make older models seem humorously obsolete. Your brand new iPod remains a stylish fashion accessory for about a year before you need to hide it in a cute case to avoid embarrassment. No model is made to endure the test of time. » Read the rest of this entry «