History of Apple

If you haven’t heard of Apple Inc., or just Apple yet, I don’t know what you’ve been doing the last decennia. You even might be reading this on an Apple device. This could be for example an iPhone smartphone, iPad tablet computer or a Mac personal computer. But I bet there is a lot more history behind the world’s second-largest information technology company by revenue, the world’s largest technology company by total assets, and the world’s third-largest mobile phone manufacturer.

Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, founders of Apple Inc. in 1984

Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, founders of Apple Inc. in 1984

Let’s start at the beginning. Apple was founded on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. The first thing they wanted to sell was the Apple I personal computer kit, which didn’t even had a case. This went on sale in July 1976 for $666,66. This was a huge success, and in the next few years Apple II and Apple III were created. More computers were designed in the next years as well and from 1980 the success was huge, but in the 1990s problems stared to come, because PCs were catching on with biggest competitors IBM and Motorola. However, in 2001, the Mac OS X made people going back to Apple’s computers. Also, in this year Apple opened its first Apple Stores. Like this wasn’t enough for a year, the iPod was released along with the iTunes Store that powered it, and the way music was consumed changed completely. The 2000s were great years for Apple, as they released more and more popular computers like the Macbook Pro and Air, iMacs and the Mac Pro. Then, in January 2007, Apple took another big step by making computers into smartphones, and so the iPhone was born. Later on, the same technology was used to create the iPad and iPod Touch.

Read this article if you want to learn more about Apple extending their iPhone’s lifecycle.

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