As applied to (meaning)
I would like to know the meaning of "as applied to".
Here is the context:
"Simply: something can be generally useful, such as a bicycle or oscilloscope. However, the bicycle would be helpful in getting to class, but not the oscilloscope. The 'scope would be more helpful to view a waveform, though.
Also, AS APPLIED TO people, helpful implies a willingness to assist, and usefulness implies having the ability to do something."
Is there another way to say "AS APPLIED TO" ?
Does it express an affirmation? Or
Does it express a condition?
So I wonder if "AS APPLIED TO people" means
1. SINCE IT IS APPLIED TO people (affirmation)
2. WHEN IT IS APPLIED TO people (condition)