Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne came together to create Apple Computers on April 1st 1976. While Wayne left within three months; Jobs and Wozniak ventured ahead to create a company which pioneered the Mac and i-Revolution. Apple Inc is the largest publicly traded corporation in the world by market capitalization with a market cap larger than Google and Microsoft combined. So let us unearth some vital moments in Apple’s journey!
10. The Onset:
It all began when three friends Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne came together in Jobs parents’ garage to form something radical; something that would change the way the world looked at hand held devices and personal computers. Yes, this probably was the inception; which was necessary for the journey to start in the first place. Hence, definitely the moment worth capturing.
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9. Apple I:
It was the first Apple Computer which was hand built by Steve Wozniak. Marking its debut in the year 1976, it was the first all-in-one microcomputer with which Apple began its journey. With high speed and memory as its features; it was very much ahead of its time in comparison to its competitors. It was priced at $666 and came as a kit. Over 200 units of Apple I were sold and today it is the most collectible PC of all time.
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The watershed event of Apple’s success was the launch of Macintosh in the year 1984. Steve Jobs introduced Macintosh at the Company’s stakeholders meeting in January that year and the rest as they say is history. It was the first affordable computer priced at $2495. It debuted with the famous ad aired during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII, directed by Alien auteur Ridley Scott.
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7. Return of Steve Jobs:
In 1985, a power struggle ensued between Jobs and John Sculley which finally led to Jobs resigning from Apple. Steve Jobs was then touted as a relentless zealot who was impossible to be handled. But in 1997 with the dwindling fortunes of the company; it was this zealot who was needed more than ever. That moment was the beginning of an enigmatic technological journey.
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The iMac or the Computer Candy was introduced in the year 1998 and went on to become the best-selling personal computer in America. The plummeting fortunes of Apple transformed and took a turn towards the better as 800,000 units were sold in its first five months. The iMac was pleasing to the eyes sans the cluttered cords which connected monitors, keyboards and CPUs which made it attractive for the first time computer buyer.
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5. Mac OS X Releases:
The Mac OS X was called the virtually cash proof OS which gave way to open source programming. The various releases of Mac OS X through six different iterations were easy to use; light on the eyes with soft edges, translucent colors and pinstripes; features that made it even more attractive to users.
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Apple’s media tablet; the iPad was introduced on January 27th 2010 running on a modified version of iOS. It offered to the user multi-touch access to newspapers, magazines, ebooks, textbooks, photos, movies, TV shows videos, music, word processing documents, spreadsheets, video games, and most existing iPhone apps.
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It was launched in the year 2003 and offered music download to enthusiasts legally at 99 cents per song. With it Apple entered the digital music sales scene revolutionizing it. Being far superior to any of its competitors; the fact that iTunes was integrated with iPod actually aided to its popularity and growth. iTunes sold 1 million songs in its first week and more than 50 million songs in a year.
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No it wasn’t a Mac but a portable music player which if called one of the most successful offerings by Apple till date wouldn’t really be an exaggeration. Prized at $399 it tapped into the young generation of buyers whose lives revolved around music. With its innovative click wheel interface; the iPod sure was one of the moment in Apple’s journey.
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The cutthroat market of handheld data devices like smart phones and Blackberrys was lucrative and right there for Apple to exploit. It was just a matter of time with speculations on the rife about Apple venturing in it. On the eventful date of June 29th 2007 Apple unveiled iPhone which would go on to become the Invention of a Life time. Long queues outside Apple stores and admiring reviews accompanied the advent of this new Era in Apple’s history. Certainly, creation of iPhone is the most significant moments in Apple’s journey.
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