Apple Turns 40

This Friday, Apple celebrates the passing of 40 years since Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded what has become perhaps the most powerful company in the world. Now a pillar of tech, political activism and cybersecurity, Apple has come a long way since its garage-based beginnings. This article will list just some of the most important things to happen to the company since its founding, from its fledgling beginning to its near collapse to its current status as tech mogul.

apple founded1. Apple is formed.

On April 1st, 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple. The two hung out a lot as co members of the Homebrew Computer Club and famously formed Apple in Jobs’ garage.

“We first met during my college years, while he was in high schoool,” Wozniak explained in a 2007 interview with ABC News. “It was 1971 when a friend said, you should meet Steve Jobs, because he likes electronics and he also plays pranks. So he introduced us.”

2. The first Apple computer comes into existence.

Jobs and Wozniak moved forward to create their first ever product, the Apple I computer. It sold for exactly $666.66 at the time, but since only 200 of such computers were ever manufactured, they’ve since become collector’s items. In fact, in 2015 one of those same computers sold for $200,000.

3. The Apple II starts a movement.

The Apple I computer was crucial to Apple’s development in terms of creating momentum, but the Apple II is the computer model that actually revolutionized how people looked at the personal computer.

4. Apple goes public.

On Dec. 12, 1980, Apple began to trade its shares for $22 a piece. At the time, the company was worth about $1.2 billion. Today, it’s valued above $600 billion.

5. Wozniak leaves Apple.

After a plane crash that left him seriously injured in 1981, Wozniak took a leave of absence from the hectic corporate environment that was Apple. Although Wozniak briefly returned after his injuries healed, he eventually left the company for good in 1985.

6. Apple unveils its first Mac.

The next line of Apple computers didn’t necessitate that users type in commands; instead they could use a graphical, icon-based interface, which was at the time totally unprecedented and now has become the norm.

7. Jobs leaves Apple.

Jobs recruited John Sculley as Apple’s next CEO in 1983. Sculley ultimately ended up organizing a “boardroom coup” in 1985 that forced Jobs out of the company. Jobs then left to start another computer company called NeXT.

8. Jobs returns.

Apple eventually acquired NeXT for $400 million. Jobs was initially appointed an adviser reporting to CEO at the time Gil Amelio, but Amelio was ousted in 1997 during which Jobs was appointed temporary CEO while the company searched for a replacement.

apple 409. Jobs introduces the original iMac.

Jobs unveiled the iMac desktop computer while he was still serving Apple as interim CEO. Eventually he became the company’s CEO for good, initiating one of its most successful terms of growth.

10. Apple opens its first retail store.

As recently as 2001, Apple revealed that it would be opening 25 stores equipped with Genius Bars where Apple owners could get computer support. There are now hundreds of Apple stores in the United States alone.

11. Apple introduces the iPod.

The portable music player changed the world, how we listen to and buy music, and facilitated a major financial rebound for the company.

12. Apple unveils the iPhone.

And we all know the story from here.

 

 

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