History of Apple

From the humble beginnings in a garage in 1976, Steven Wozniak and Steve Jobs started their work on the Apple I, the first Apple computer that was to be sold to the public. It had a hefty price tag of $666.66 (a small fortune in 1976) and wasn’t capable of nearly anything recognizable by today’s standards, but they had to start somewhere. Wozniak, the more technical of the two was mostly responsible for the creation of the computer, but it was the omniscient Jobs that believed it could be sold and thus began the Apple company.

Subsequent Apple computers were created such as the Apple III and III+, but Apple computers didn’t really start making its way into the public’s eye until the Lisa was created in 1983. Named after one of the designer’s daughters, the Lisa was was the first personal computer to use a graphical user interface, which made it far more user friendly than its competitors in its day. But once again, with a large price tag, it wasn’t easily obtainable. After a few “revamps,” the next year in 1984 Apple came out with the first Macintosh 128k. The Macintosh was significantly cheaper and is probably the first Apple computer most people remember. The Macintosh was the computer that helped put Apple on the map and made them a credible threat to other companies.

Aside from the Macintosh Portable in 1989, the first big “laptop” that started selling for Apple was the PowerBook series. It actually looked like today’s laptops and even had a track-ball build into the keyboard so people could use it as a mouse. This was the beginning of a portable revolution for the company as today many of us have Apple computers in our pocket!

A series of new products were released over the years, including the first PDA (which flopped but was ground-breaking to say the least), different types of servers, and other different laptops, but it wasn’t until the iMac series that everyone started recognizing the informativeness of Apple’s computers. You’d know it if you saw it, they were in classrooms all over the world and were available in clear, but vibrant colors and had a disk drive built right into the monitor (remember know?).

Not far off the path of portable computers, the iconic iPod was introduced in 2001 and took off like wildfire. I’m not going to talk much more about that, because if you don’t know what an iPod is, you need to come out of the basement and take a look around. The iPod was the stepping stone to one of the biggest mobile advances in history, the iPhone! The iPhone, which is the most desired phone on the market today, will surely change the way we communicate with the world. Other companies are following suit, but it was the first phone that let us view real web pages, play music with a terrific interface, and connect through wifi. Today Apple is selling millions of iPhones and have even created the world’s thinnest laptop, the MacBook Air, which can fit in an envelope. The rest as they say, is history.

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~ by williammfoster on December 2, 2008.

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