Re: And on, and on, and on.
I know I'm risking feeding the trolls, but my Goodness have you been drinking the Apple Kool Aid much?
Look at the iMac. Until that was released, PCs tended to have multiple items
Er, no - There were MANY other manufacturers of PCs that combined the computer into composite devices (Usually the keyboard)
iMac + Keyboard + Mouse = 3 Pieces
Amiga / Atari / Archemedes + Mouse + Monitor = 3 Pieces
Schneider IBM PC (1 example) + Mouse + Monitor = 3 Pieces (We had these in my secondary school)
C64, BBC, Spectrum, Amstrad and just about every other 8/16 bit and earlier Personal computer + TV/Monitor = 2 Pieces.
The notebook: Apple were the first to shrink a full size computer down to the size of (an admittedly huge) laptop, and the first to use the current Clamshell arrangment of an LCD folding over a keyboard.
Seriously? Tell me you don't actually believe that!
A quick Google reveals that Apple released theirs at least 6 years after the first - Epson, Radio Shack, NEC, IBM and Compaq all got their first.
The iPad: The first tablet PC with a UI that wasn't just a desktop UI shrunk. Also the first tablet with reasonable battery life.
I'll give you that they produced the first tablet that had vastly reduced functionality (that isn't necessarily a bad thing).
The iPod: One of the first hard drive based MP3 players, and a lot easier to use than most of the competitors.
First - No - there were several that came out before - just google.
Easier to use - possibly - although the previous ones had the ubiquitous up/down/left/right/play/pause/stop/RW/FF etc buttons, which people had been used to using for decades, so they were pretty damn easy to use. The interface was better streamlined - absolutely, and the iPod became 'sexy' so that non-techies went out and bought them.
Apple produce great Human Interfaces - probably the best in the world, and they make products sexy, making non-techies go out and buy them - fantastic - other than that, they haven't really innovated anything - just taken other peoples ideas and improved upon them - that isn't a slur - what they do they do well, but I challenge anyone to come up with an example of an apple 'innovation' or 'invention' that wasn't thought up before (or had prior art), or was just a natural, obvious evolution of an existing technology (e.g. multitouch)