Right here's What the World Was Like Final Time Apple Took a Dip
As Apple — probably the most worthwhile firm within the (recognized) universe — stories a dip in income for the primary time in thirteen years, we check out the best way the world was again in 2003, the final time the tech trailblazers posted an earnings decline.
2003 was a yr to recollect: Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. particular forces, Senator Hillary Clinton launched her memoirs, Kate Middleton began courting Prince William, and Illinois State Senator Barack Obama was mistaken for a waiter.
Apple was altering the music business
This was additionally the yr Steve Jobs launched iTunes, after spending 12 months negotiating with document labels to strike a deal. The shop shortly turned the world’s largest (authorized) music retailer. Apple additionally launched its third-era iPod, the quickest-promoting music participant in historical past, snatching up 86 % of the mp3 market share and promoting a complete of two million iPods by yr finish.
Elsewhere on the tech entrance, 2003 was the yr that digital camera telephones outstripped DVD gamers as the recent tech should-have. Fitness center house owners and company fits began to ban cell telephones from the office as a result of privateness considerations, however, "Prefer it or not, these scorching new devices are right here to remain," stated Time in 2003. It was a reasonably correct prediction: As we speak’s cellphone gross sales stand at 2.9 billion, anticipated to succeed in 6.1 billion globally by 2020.
America embraced ‘freedom fries’ and popcorn
On the meals entrance, People on the South Seashore eating regimen have been preventing fats with roasted garbanzos and chilled custard, Starbucks was toying with soy milk, the USDA decreed that French fries rely as recent greens, and Illinois made popcorn its official state snack. And the way did we handle with out microwaveable cups of Campbell’s soup or individually packaged Pringles pods?
What was up with these trucker hats?
The style world was entranced in 2003 by trucker hats, velour fits, ironic mullets — and the fish pores and skin bikini, touted as the brand new neatest thing: light-weight, naturally elastic, eco-pleasant, and "with no fishy odor." And solely $335. It was additionally the yr Lara Flynn Boyle wore a ballet costume to the Golden Globes, Britney Spears dated Colin Farrell, and Bennifer occurred.
The phrase of the yr in 2003 was "metrosexual," which referred to a lovely and meticulously groomed younger man with refined style in clothes and expansive information of skincare merchandise and spa hours. So, Ryan Seacrest.
President Bartlet was within the Oval Workplace
2003 was additionally the yr Ruben Studdard beat out Clay Aiken to win the second season of American Idol, Tyra Banks launched her "America’s Prime Mannequin" actuality present, "Queer Eye for the Straight Man" helped non-metrosexuals rework into dazzling peacocks, and everybody was watching the West Wing. It additionally noticed the top of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, and Simply Shoot Me!
Know-how might be tough
It was additionally the yr that George W. Bush had an unlucky fail together with his excessive-tech scooter. He admitted later that he had forgotten to show it on, which prevented the Segway’s stabilizers from autobalancing.
The whole lot previous is new once more
Within the "plus ça change" class: Britain voted to not undertake the euro, Venezuela was in the midst of a crippling strike, Connecticut gained the NCAA Ladies’s Basketball Championship, and Motorola launched a pair of sun shades with a tiny digital camera that displayed on-line content material on the within lens. (Sound acquainted?)