Apple's Watch event that begins at 10:30 PM India time tonight will give us our first complete look at the Apple Watch since it was unveiled in September last year. The Watch, in Apple CEO Tim Cook's words, promises to be "the next chapter in Apple's story," but the last decade and a half in Apple's history is marked with major milestones. Not only did these transform the Cupertino company, they transformed the world. Here are the five biggest moments in Apple's recent history. Hit play, watch, and feel the chills go down your spine.
Launch of the iPod (2001)
The original iPod released in 2001 brought Apple back from the dead. It didn't just change the way people listened to music -- it changed the entire music industry. Record labels, that wanted people to buy entire albums, were forced to sell single tracks for 99 cents each and rethink their business models. The iPod wasn't the first digital music player in the world -- far from that -- but it instantly became THE music player to be seen with.
Launch of the iPhone (2007)
"An iPod, a phone, an internet communicator" Anyone who has seen the unveiling of the original iPhone will never forget this phrase that Jobs said over and over before his iconic "Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is ONE device...and we're calling it iPhone!" The iPhone, released in 2007 went on the define modern iPhones and chaged the industry forever.
Launch of the iPad (2010)
No one knew why the iPad existed when Steve Jobs introduced it in 2010. "It's just a bigger iPod Touch", said the tech press, which, of course, it was. But with its thin, light form factor and a cheaper-than-expected price, it brought tablet computing to the masses.
Sure, Apple didn't exactly invent voice recognition on cellphones, but before the iPhone 4S, it was clunky, awkward and endlessly frustrating to use. Siri was a refreshing change: not only did she understand what you said, she understood context. "Will it rain today?", "Will I need a raincoat", and "What's the weather forecast for today?" produced the same results.
Apple Watch Sneak Peek (2014)
After months (years?) of being rumour mill fodder, Apple CEO Tim Cook finally showed off the Apple Watch in September 2014. It was a Steve Jobs-stye "One More Thing" unveiling that earned cook a standing ovation from the crowd. The Apple Watch reveal marked the moment that Apple finally came out of the shadow of Steve Jobs and into its own as Tim Cook's company.