Is this another Apple Inspired Fad in the Works?

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Jabra Go 6400 headsets. Via: Fastcompany
When Apple launched their G3 “Bubble Gum” colored transparent iMacs in 1998, the world loved it. And as a result Apple was reborn. Unfortunately, the world loved it so much that almost every other product released was either transparent or in “Bubble Gum” blue/pink/red.
The same thing happened with their white/black iPods and Macbooks. Suddenly the world suffered from a color deficiency and far to many fingerprints. The problem was that in 90% of of the time, the application of these elements were wrongly seen as “only just a surface treatment”, or even just a fad.
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ASUS’s Eee keyboard, a touchscreen PC-in-a-keyboard. Via: Gizmodo
Looks like in 2009 the story is still the same? Just like the iPod, Apple was not the first to create a phone with a touchscreen, but they were the first to create a compelling product proposition with the help of their easy to use and iconic (excuse the pun) iPhone interface. The immense popularity of the iPhone and its interface has launched a number of products with iPhone like touch screen interfaces. Whether used in the right context or not, you be the judge?

2 Comments
  • Andrew Keir

    July 7, 2009 at 8:15 pm Reply

    I tell ya, I’m so over the whole apple bandwagon, it’s getting ridiculous.
    The last straw for me was seeing an advertisement for an iphone app for reading MRI x-rays…
    ” Don’t bother calling the doctor, just send the MRI scan to my iphone and I’ll fix my broken arm myself. “

  • Rob O.

    August 13, 2009 at 9:54 pm Reply

    As with hardware design, it’s often interesting to see how Apple’s software affects the industry. While it hasn’t boomed quite as fiercely as I thought it might, it is still interesting to see the ripples of change that Cover Flow has brought about. Perhaps what’s been most notable to me lately is the especially strong influence of Cover Flow’s paradigm in many of the online photo gallery tools.

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