Whether they are the insignia of a multi-billion dollar company, a traditional after-school snack, or on the album cover of a Beatles record, apples are literally everywhere. The apple has played a great many roles in society to date, ranging from its infamous inclusion in classic fairy tales like Snow White to the image engraved on the back of the most popular cell phone.
Everyone has taken a bite from an apple at least once in their life so the physical apple itself is what is most familiar to the majority of the population. Apples are packed with numerous beneficial nutrients which is most likely how the common saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” originated. That saying is actually quite accurate, as it has been proven that a single apple a day can reduce the risk of diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and even having a stroke.
A common, medium-sized apple has only 95 calories in it and is a great supplier of fiber, containing around 4.4 grams. The additional fiber helps in acquiring a regular digestive schedule and can prevent hemorrhoids and constipation. Some additional nutrients found in a similar sized apple are vitamins A and C, calcium and iron as well as small doses of potassium, magnesium and folate.
The theme of the importance of an apple has been prevalent in fictional and religious literature. Though there have been numerous re-imaginings of the classic tale of Snow White, the common thread of a fair maiden taking a bite of a poison apple and falling into a death-like sleep is shared within each version of the fantasy. Examples expand from the original text by the Brothers Grimm to the recently released feature film Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron.
Followers of religion as well as readers and scholars of the Bible everywhere will know of the apple-like forbidden fruit mentioned in the book of Genesis. Adam and Eve, the first man and woman created, tasted of the forbidden fruit when specifically instructed not to do so by God, their creator. Though the fruit was never officially identified as an apple in the text of the Bible, artists and others who have brought the text of the Bible to visual life have often depicted it as an apple or a fruit that bares close resemblance to an apple.
One form of an apple that has been seen, quite literally, everywhere is that of the insignia of Apple Inc. – the multi-billion dollar company originated by the late Steve Jobs. The company ran into a legal copyright tiff when they were accused of stealing their icon from The Beatles whose primary insignia is a bright green granny-smith apple. Apple strongly defended their case by stating their icon was not a full apple as Beatle’s icon is. The corporation’s emblem depicts what is intended to be a small bite taken out of the apple whereas the British boy band’s emblem was simply an uneaten apple in its entirety.
The technology of Apple is incredibly popular. Numerous devices with many different models have been released from the company and are highly desirable goods for the public. Apple has produced numerous models of tablets, computers, music players and smartphones. The company has had huge amounts of success in the smartphone market with 39.2 percent of the U.S. market being share of Apple’s. The company’s iPhone is one of the most popular cell phones in the world and has new models released annually.
The apple has become an important part of society for people everywhere. Its role in the world varies daily, therefore it can and will continue to accommodate to the needs of each and every individual that finds use for the apple.
By Cody Collier