October 7th, 2011
03:50 AM GMT
Hong Kong (CNN) – Antonia Murray, 17, spends nearly every waking hour in the company of an Apple device. She has an iPad, an iPod Touch, a Macbook and a Mac desktop. Among her peers at Hong Kong’s Island School, she’s no outlier though. She’s just an ordinary member of the Apple generation.
"I don't think I could last a day of school without my iPad. I'd be so bored” Murray says.
For her and her classmates, there has never been a world without Apple. They were toddlers when the first iMac was released, that blue-and-white, compact egg that turned heads after two decades of the gray boxes known as computers. They were in primary school when the iPod hit the shelves and became the first digital music player to click with consumers. iTunes, iPhones and iPads are all part of their upbringing. At Island School, nearly all secondary students carry a MacBook to class.
The appeal for these students is convenience, mixed with design and, of course, the cache that comes with being an Apple user. Why would you use a dull, overly-complicated PC, some asked, when you could have a cool new Mac?
The rise of Apple has of course gone hand in hand with the rise of mobile computing. For these young people, that has meant the decline of many tried and true student accessories. Textbooks are going out of style. So is the old-fashion pen and paper.
Hayden Warren says he never takes notes by hand. "I've been using a Mac for three years straight now and it is just brilliant. I've got everything on there. No need to take notes and I don't lose anything."
The students here understand that Steve Jobs has been the man behind this transformation. They know the smartphone and the tablet existed before, but Apple is the company that made everyone want one. For them, Steve Jobs isn’t the college drop-out who founded Apple in his garage. He isn’t the demanding executive who was thrown out of his own company for ten years. He’s the pioneer in the black turtleneck, launching the newest “it” product.
Emily Tuck, 14, sees Jobs as more than a visionary who created some incredible products. He’s the man who helps bring the members of her generation together. "He is like part of the community, I guess. Because we all have one. It’s what makes us all related."
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