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Bryan M. Wolfe
| January 4, 2013
As Apple Celebrates 36th Birthday, Here Are 15 Events That Shaped The Company
On Jan. 3, 1977, Apple Computer, Inc. was born when the company became incorporated. As Cupertino celebrates their anniversary, we look back at 15 events that shaped the company during the past 36 years. Apr. 16, 1977 The Apple II is introduced at the first West Coast Computer Faire. It includes a MOS Technology 6502 microprocessor running at 1Mhz, 4KB of RAM, and an audio cassette interface. Dec. 12, 1980 Apple goes pubic at $22 per share. When it does, it generates more capital than any IPO since Ford Motor Company in 1956. Within moments, the world has 300 new millionaires. Jan. 22, 1984 Steve Jobs and Apple introduce the “1984” commercial during Super Bowl XVIII which pits the Washington Redskins against the eventual winner, the Los Angeles Raiders. The ad is still considered one of the best ads ever created. Jan. 24, 1984 Two days after “1984” airs, Jobs introduces the world to the very first Macintosh. It becomes the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface. Before the end of 1985, Jobs leaves Apple. For nearly a decade, the company is in decline. July 9, 1997 Apple CEO Gil Amelio is ousted and Jobs returns as interim CEO. Eventually, interim would be dropped from his title. Aug. 15, 1998 Cupertino unveils a new all-in-one computer called the iMac that was created by Jony Ive. The executive, of course, who later help create the iPhone, iPad and next-generation Macs. May 19, 2001 Apple opens the company’s first two retail stores in Virginia and California. By the end of 2012, that number had risen to almost 400 stores worldwide. Oct. 23, 2001