The Mac. The iPod. The iPhone.
Apple has made some pretty significant contributions to the way we experience personal technology. In fact, I think you could easily make a case that Apple’s biggest legacy is its products. All three of those products completely defined their categories and influenced every attempt to follow in their successful paths.
For example, there’s really no question that the iPhone is one of the most remarkable inventions of the past 20 years. Next to the personal computer, it may be the most revolutionary piece of technology–ever. It completely transformed the way we connect and communicate with the world around us in ways that were unimaginable before it was introduced on a stage by Steve Jobs in 2007.
Or perhaps Apple will be known as a champion for privacy. The company has taken a highly public stance against many of the practices of other tech companies that track user information and monetize it with targeted advertising. Apple’s view, that privacy is “a fundamental human right,” has not only benefited consumers but raised awareness about just how much of our data is collected by the apps and services we use every day. Certainly, that’s a noble contribution.
Tim Cook, however, says it isn’t any of those things that will define Apple’s legacy, at least in terms of what people will think was its greatest contribution. As the CEO of the most valuable company on earth, it’s intriguing to hear what he believes Apple will be known for when people look back in 20 or 50 years.
In an interview with Outside Magazine, Cook repeated what he has said before about the most important contribution he thinks Apple is making:
“I really believe,” he adds, “that if you zoom out to the future and then look back and ask, ‘What has Apple’s greatest contribution been?’ it will be in the health and wellness area.”
I think there is certainly a case to be made that Apple has done more to elevate the amount of information that people now have about their own wellbeing. A recent report from analyst Above Avalon suggests that there are now 100 million Apple Watch users and that 35 percent of Americans who own an iPhone, also have an Apple Watch on their wrist.
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