The History of Apple Computers
Having set out with the goal of creating a small computer that could be available to the masses, Wozniak and Jobs starting building the prototype Apple I that even had a hand built wooden outer-casing. Steve Jobs actually sold his only car to finance the enterprise.
Just a year later, the pair had created the Apple II, which was the first mass produced 8 bit home computer the world had ever seen. It completely revolutionised the industry and saw the first colour graphics on such a device. Their sales figures then rocketed to an amazing $117m by 1980, the year the Apple II hit the market.
Wozniak left the business in 1983, which led to Jobs hiring Pepsi Cola’s John Sculley as his company president. A pairing that unfortunately didn’t go so well and ended up with Jobs himself leaving for new pastures in 1985. He went on to further success, acquiring Pixar from George Lucas, which as we all know is the company behind so many huge animated movie hits, like Toy Story and Finding Nemo.
Apple remained successful through the 1980s and the start of the 1990s even without Jobs at the helm, but many feel that this was in large part due to actions made whilst he was still at the company. Most notable of which was a deal he made with then minnow, Adobe.
Jobs returned to Apple in 1996 as CEO, when it seemed that the company’s days were numbered. Their computers were in dire need of an operating system, which was what led to Apple buying out Jobs’ new company NeXT software and his subsequent involvement. Jobs was able to forge an unlikely alliance with Microsoft to create an OS for the Mac.
This decision was seen as being pivotal to the company’s subsequent success, which has since gone on to produce the iPod and create the music behemoth that is iTunes - The most profitable of all Apple related products.
Today we see MacBooks, Apple TV, the iPhone and so much more. Apple is something of a pioneer in the world of computing and even though Steve Jobs himself died in 2011, his legacy looks set to last for many years to come.