Along the way to the future Apple was a pioneer not just of products that moved the industry to a new direction but also added and discarded addendum technologies with ease. The big floppy disk was killed off in favor of the 3.5-inch floppy which Apple killed in favor of CDs which it killed in favor of wireless. That’s how Apple rolls. Flash? Didn’t need it any more. Headphone jack? It’s time.
Perhaps more than any other consumer technology company, Apple actually changes not only its own product line, but drives the entire industry in new directions.
And everyone else copies.