Steve Jobs made technology cool.
Due his strifing for perfection and keen eye for the desires of the public, the entire industry changed. He may not be the first, but he's the one who made it into the standard. Time after time.
no... youll find the far more affordable and popular PCs being what made it standard. no one cheers for the little guys at IBM though. you want to know what made technology cool? THE INTERNET. I REFUSE TO HAVE DISCUSSION TO THE CONTRARY BECAUSE IT IS BLASPHEMY. cheap access to the internet = mail. imo, MSN messenger (its live now), was what really propelled connectivity and laid the framework for things like myspace (RIP? jk. no one likes myspace) and facebook + twitter. do you know what kind of computer you needed to use msn messenger? practically a box with functional wires, aka. cheap, affordable, PC.
Obviously, desktop case (The rectangular solid object that covers the parts of computher) being gone is Steve Job's idea. If you see Apple computhers, iMac has those computher parts inside the monitor. That is brilliant idea. This become popular. This is where Samsung and LG got the idea of putting those parts in the monitor to make the desktop case gone like Apple.
i see a couple of them around, but the huge market share is still the screen + everything else seperate. all in all, its less advantageous unless you want to pay more for a weaker system since all high end PCs and Macs require cooling (i mean this relatively, high end could be 256mb graphics and dual core 8 years ago) you get more cooling with a fat case with big fans. since people dont want fat fans on their desk. they are hidden below and instead a wide and thin screen is all thats left. if anything, the desktop case is a design flaw with anything other than those recent innovations of touch screen desktops which fully utilize the screen.
again, if you want to pay more for less, apple ftw.
list 2 impressive upgrades from ipad to ipad 2 or ipad 2 to ipad 3.
with a PC, you open up the case. you find the... lets say graphics card, you unscrew that, you screw in a new one, you put the case back on and boom, up to date. dont need to shell out 1000 dollars. further more, regarding PCs there are more parts choice, more manufacturers (cheaper due to competition). more repairers, more functional programs, more help online (since everyone uses PCs), more everything. the mac was the first personal computer, but then they didnt innovate for a couple years, when the rest of the industry did, they took those ideas, and began one hell of a marketting campaign to keep the mac useful and in the public's eye.