1 April 1976

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak found Apple Computer, Inc.

The history of Apple computers dates back to 1976 when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the company in Cupertino, California. The first Apple computer, called the Apple I, was sold as a circuit board kit for hobbyists and was not yet a fully assembled personal computer. The following year, Apple released the Apple II, which was the company’s first commercially successful product and the first personal computer to come with color graphics.

In 1984, Apple released the Macintosh, which was the first personal computer to use a graphical user interface (GUI) and a mouse, making it more user-friendly than previous computers that relied on command-line interfaces. The Macintosh was a hit with consumers and helped to establish Apple as a major player in the computer industry.

However, despite early successes, Apple struggled in the mid to late 1990s due to competition from Microsoft and other PC manufacturers. In 1997, Steve Jobs returned to Apple as CEO, and under his leadership, the company underwent a major turnaround. Jobs introduced a series of successful products, including the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, which helped to make Apple one of the most valuable companies in the world.

Today, Apple is known for its sleek, innovative products, including Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. The company has also expanded into other areas, such as music and video streaming with Apple Music and Apple TV+. Apple is known for its strict control over both its hardware and software, which has helped to ensure a high level of quality and a consistent user experience across its products.