Collected: Great Apple moments while we wait for iPad 2.0

By Jonny Evans

Spanning the intersection between technology and the creative arts, delivering solutions to problems people didn't yet know they had, developing user interfaces that help people change the world, rather than demanding the world change for the UI, here's a handful of key Apple [AAPL] product launches to pass the time while we wait for iPad 2.0 later on today.

The Macintosh

"You've just seen some pictures of Macintosh, now I want to show you Macintosh in person," begins Steve Jobs, casually defining the future of the PC.

The death of the floppy drive

It was 1998, and Steve Jobs introduced the iMac, the product which bought the company back from the brink, killed the floppy drive and helped define the future of the PC.

Notebooks for the rest of us

Macworld, New York, 1999, the first iBook introduction. Here's when Apple introduced the iMac to go, pushing into the notebook space, and moving to help define the future of mobile computing.

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Music for the masses

The iPod launch in 2001. Here's where Apple opened the doors to find a place in everyone's pockets and began a journey which led it to define the future of mobile music.

Inspiration for Android

"This is a day I've been looking forward to for two and a half years," says Steve Jobs, introducing the iPhone and beginning a journey which helped define the future of smartphones.

Three's company

"Some of us use laptops and smartphones, today we're introducing a device that sits in the middle," says Steve Jobs, introducing the iPad in 2010.

Consider the direction of Apple's movement across the last 35-years, and also consider the impact of iTunes, iCal, iTunes and iPod for Windows, and the lessons learned from the G4 Cube. And (while we wait for the launch later today) why not read this story which tells us about the secret Steve Jobs tributes inside Mac OS X Lion.

Do drop by later on when I'll be writing about the iPad 2.0, after taking a look at it at today's launch event. Oh, and I'll be Tweeting a little during the show. Meanwhile, what would you like iPad 2.0 to do? Please let me know in comments below, and I'd be most pleased if you chose to follow me on Twitter so I could let you know as new reports get published here first on Computerworld.

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