I have read many online forums recently where the question is being asked, "Why didn't Apple refresh the Mac Pro and Mac Mini at the October 2016 MacBook Pro event?" Apple fans are shocked, wondering why Apple did not come up with any major updates to their beloved Mac Pro this year. How dare they!
Apple is the victim of expectations by their fans. Here's a thought that might get a few Apple fans upset, the goal of the company is profit. Innovation involves risk, which could possibly lead to less profit. If Apple can maintain their profitability by focusing on smartphones without taking risks in other areas such as developing new personal computers, why should they?
Apple was never the dominant player in terms of desktop computer sales, they were the innovator of cool toys. As the innovator of various cool toys over the years Apple became one of the world's most profitable companies. As the innovator of cool toys such as the iPhone, Apple became a profit leader in the smartphone industry.
Upstaged by Microsoft
What makes the Apple fans panic even more is that the recent announcements by Microsoft of cool new additions to the Surface line of products. There are people who dare to ask, "Is Microsoft is now more innovative than Apple?"
For years Microsoft was the dominant software and operating system company in an area of personal computers. Now Microsoft faces stiff competition from Google in many areas they once controlled. As tablet computers become more popular, the Android operating system cuts into Microsoft's market share. As Google Docs takes business collaboration software from the desktop to the web, Microsoft restructures their Office applications.
As we created the Geek History website, some topics were a natural, such as the history of the internet and modern electronics at silicon valley. But as we studied Thomas Edison our research became more intertwined with Henry Ford and the automotive industry. we saw that the exploration of automotive innovation and invention was a natural extension of our Geek History website.
At Geek History we give credit to the genius and hard work of the great geeks like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Henry Ford is heralded as one of the founding fathers of the automotive industry and Thomas Edison is praised as the prolific inventor known as the wizard of Menlo Park.
In the world of industrial age technology we look at the often forgotten geeks such as George Westinghouse, who brought electricity to our homes, and Reginald Fessenden, who developed modern radio. We study their contributions to the world.
Much in the same sense that Westinghouse and Fessenden are the forgotten geeks in the shadows of the celebrated Thomas Edison, our study of the automotive industry revealed that Ransom Eli Olds was an often forgotten geek in the shadows of the more well-known Henry Ford. While Henry Ford deserves a lot of credit for creating the Ford Motor Company and the Model T Ford, we learned a lot about the automotive industry and want to mention that Ransom Eli Olds needs to be remembered as well for his invention and innovation in the early twentieth century.