forty Things About Apple Computer On Its fortieth Anniversary

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 3:06 PM

S. was marking the bicentennial, the Freezing War was raging, "Son of Sam" was terrorizing NY City, and two nerds brainstorming in a Los Altos, CA garage were about the modify the world.

forty Things About Apple Computer On Its fortieth Anniversary

Forty years ago the U. S. was marking the bicentennial, the Freezing War was raging, "Son of Sam" was terrorizing NY City, and two nerds brainstorming in a Los Altos, CA garage were about the modify the world.

It was Steve Wozniak who designed the hardware, guts and operating system of what'd be called the Apple one computer.

But it was the other visionary, Steve Jobs, who came up with innovative design and strategy for marketing the newfangled device to the masses — and who sold his Volkswagen van for $one.300 to launch the Apple Computer Company on April one, one thousand nine hundred seventy-six.

The rest, as they say, is history.

In the spirit of celebration and nostalgia, here are forty things about Apple at fortieth you mightn't know about the company and the creators of the remarkable and revolutionary devices that have become an necessary portion of so many of our lives:

one.) Wozniak was twenty-six and Jobs was twenty-one when they started Apple.

two.) Wozniak was designing calculators by day for Hewlett-Packard and building devices at night that'd authorize him to create long distance calls for free. Jobs was working in the electronics dept for the games manufacturer Atari.

three.) Jobs got the idea of creating a computer with Wozniak when the Altair eight thousand eight hundred, a build-it-yourself computer, was featured on the cover of the January one thousand nine hundred seventy-five issue of Favorite Electronics magazine.

4.) The Internet was in its infancy. The few cell phones around were the size of footballs and had Ltd range and speak time. And the video games dominating the market were things love Wheels, Sea Wolf, and, of course, Pong.

5.) The title Apple was chosen by Jobs in honor of the fruit that purportedly inspired Sir Isaac Newton'south discovery of gravity by falling on his head from a tree. It was also Jobs' favorite fruit.

6.) Jobs said his design aesthetic was influenced by the modernist architectural fashion of Joseph Eichler — and by Buddhism.

7.) Apple had a third founding member named Ron Wayne, who worked with Jobs at Atari. He designed the original Apple logo. But worried about money, he sold his share of the company for $800. When he retired, it was to a mobile residence park in Nevada.

8.) The first two hundred Apple 1 computers Wozniak and Jobs sold were to fellow computer nerds in the San Francisco Bay Area for $666 apiece.

9.) When Wozniak began dreaming up the Apple 2, Jobs hired high school kids to gather them in his garage.

ten.) Jobs recruited Silicon Valley ad man Regis McKenna to design the iconic Apple logo. A year after the company launched, it raked in $1 million in sales. By the finish of one thousand nine hundred seventy-eight it was the fastest growing company in the country.

11.) Apple went public in one thousand nine hundred-eightieth. The 4.6 million shares at $22 each sold out in minutes.

12.) To give you a sense of how wildly successful Apple became, Macworld estimated the investment in Apple that one of the central characters in the film "Forrest Gump" made back in the one thousand nine hundred seventy (they figured around $one hundred.000) would be worth about $91.5 million now.

13.) The Apple 3, launched in one thousand nine hundred-eightieth, was priced at $3.495. But it was buggy and didn't sell well. It was discontinued in one thousand nine hundred eighty-fourth.

14.) Apple tried to get on computer giant IBM with a business-oriented computer called the Lisa. It was a bust. But it employed innovations love a mouse and on-screen graphics that Apple used in its new personal computer called the Macintosh. And that, needless to say, was a enormous success.

15.) Jobs introduced the Mac as the "people'south computer" in a spectacular "one thousand nine hundred eighty-fourth" Super Bowl commercial.

16.) More than 70.000 of the boxy Macs sold in the first 100 days when it debuted in 1984.

17.) Despite the success of the Macs, Apple was roiled by internal fighting. Wozniak split. Jobs was ousted. And John Sculley took over.

18.) By one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight, Apple had sold more than a million Macs.

19.) Sculley was ousted in one thousand nine hundred ninety-third, ushering in an era of instability and horrible business moves, and by one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven Apple reported $1 billion in losses. Apple stock, which traded at $70 a share in one thousand nine hundred ninety-first, was worth just $14 a share.

20.) Jobs returned to the helm of Apple in one thousand nine hundred ninety-seventh a dozen years after his ouster, and set about saving the company he started.

21.) Apple unveiled the new slogan "Think Different" to rebut IBM'south motto "Think," and to re-establish the company'south image as an industry outsider.

22.) The iMac computer was unveiled in one thousand nine hundred ninety-eighth and was an immediate success. Soon, Apple was back in the black.

23.) One of the first things Jobs did on his return was dump Apple'south rainbow symbol and replace it with the monochromatic one that remains to this day.

24.) The first Apple store was opened in two thousand-first in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Four years later, there were one hundred twenty-five stores in the U. S., Canada, Japan and Britain.

25.) Apple introduced the iPod in two thousand-first. It featured five gigabytes of storage, held as many as 1.000 songs, and sold for $399. It was a smashing success.

26.) The 10 gigabyte iPod came out in two thousand-second, followed by the iPod Mini, the iPod Shuffle and the iPod Nano. Meanwhile, Apple'south sales tripled between two thousand one and two thousand five from $5.3 billion to $13.9 billion.

27.) Jobs introduced the iPhone in two thousand-seventh. Once again, it was enormous success.

28.) "Apple reinvents the phone" was the slogan used to sell the new device, which actually lacked features competing smartphones already had, love 3G connectivity and GPS.

29.) When Jobs in two thousand-eighth unveiled the iPhone 3G, which presently had 3G and GPS, it was marketed as "the iPhone you've been waiting for."

30.) Amid all the hoopla over the standard-setting cell phone, Apple quietly dropped the "Computer Company" from its name. Presently the official title is Apple Inc.

31.) Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in two thousand-eleventh.

32.) By two thousand twelve, the Apple brand was valued by Interbrand at $182.9 billion.

33.) Although Wozniak left Apple years ago, he revealed in his autobiography "iWoz" that he remains on the company payroll with a stipend estimated at $120.000 a year.

34.) Jobs was described by his official biographer Walter Isaacson as a "creative entrepreneur."

35.) The modest one thousand nine hundred fifty ranch residence where Jobs grew up and where the first Apple computers were built got landmark status in two thousand-thirteenth.

36.) Jobs was played in the two thousand fifteen film "Steve Jobs" by Michael Fassbender.

37.) Apple'south first foray in the smartwatch market latest year generated nearly 1 million pre-orders.

38.) A vintage Apple-1 computer from one thousand nine hundred seventy-six was auctioned off in two thousand-fourteenth for $365.000.

39.) Apple fought the feds when the FBI tried to obtain the company to give it access to encrypted data on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

40.) GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump called for boycotting Apple unless the company helped the FBI.

Bonus: What'd life be love with Apple? We'd be wired love S Korea, PC Magazine speculated back in two thousand-ninth.

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