Two high school buddies, both named Steven, founded Apple Computer in 1976. Since then, Apple Computer has repeatedly been at the forefront of technology design and innovation. Some key mile-stones in the company’s history are listed below:
1976 – Apple Computer is founded on April 1 by Steven Wozniak and Steven Jobs. The Apple I goes on sale for 666.66 dollars.
1977 – Apple launches the Apple II, which sells 250,000 units and helps launch the personal computer revolution. It was the first personal computer in a plastic case with color graphics.
1980 – Apple goes public with 4.6 million shares, each priced at 22 dollars.
1983 – Apple starts selling the "Lisa," a desktop computer for businesses with a graphical user interface
1984 – Apple unveils the Macintosh, the first computer with a graphical user interface.
1985 – Steve Jobs is ousted after a power struggle with CEO John Sculley and starts a new computer firm, NeXT Inc. Woz also resigned on the same year.
1991 – Apple introduces the Powerbook 100, its first hit portable computer.
1993 – Apple introduces the Newton, a pen-based handheld computer that is ahead of its time and an expensive failure.
1997 – Steve Jobs returns as interim CEO.
1998 – The launch of the iMac, desktop computer, revitalizes Apple.
2001 – Apple introduces the iPod, a palm-sized, hard-drive-based digital music player
2003 – Apple unveils its iTunes Music Store, to shop for music, audiobooks, movies, and TV shows for download over the Internet.
2005 – Jobs announces Apple computers will run on former rival Intel Corp’s microprocessors. iPod that plays video makes debut.
2006 – Apple starts selling Macs running on Intel chips.
2007, Jan – Apple announced the iPhone. It also introduced Apple TV, termed a ‘hobby’ by Steve Jobs.
2007, Sept – Apple unveils the iPod Touch, an iPhone without the phone, much like a portable computer.
2008 – Introduced highly successful App Store, an update to iTunes, used to sell applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple also released the Macbook Air, a thin notebook without optical drive.
2009 – Apple released iPhone 3GS, iPhone with faster processer.
2010 – Apple released a tablet computer named iPad with a Apple homemade processor, ‘1 GHz Apple-built ARM A4 processor’.
2010 – Apple released revamped iPhone 4, with Apple A4 processor and revamped design and configuration.
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