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Remembering Steve Jobs on what would have been his 60th birthday

Remembering Steve Jobs on what would have been his 60th birthday

The People Behind Apple
February 24, 2015

Steve Jobs would have turned 60 today. We remember the late Apple co-founder by highlighting some of the important moments in his life.

April 1, 1976


Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne to develop and sell personal computers. Less than a year later, it was incorporated as Apple Computer, Inc. On Jan. 9, 2007, it was renamed as Apple Inc.

April 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 public 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


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 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.

Late 1985

Jobs founded NeXT Inc. with $7 million. The NeXT computer was shown to the world at what was considered Jobs’ comeback event, a lavish (invitation only) gala launch event three years later.

In 1996, Apple announced that it would buy NeXT for $427 million.



Jobs bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division for the price of $10 million, $5 million of which was given to the company as capital.

“Toy Story” (1995) credited Jobs as an executive producer, bringing fame and critical acclaim to the studio.

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 later helped 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 2013, that number had risen to over 400 stores worldwide.

Oct. 23, 2001


The iPod is announced, thereby rebooting the entire music industry.

April 28, 2003

The iTunes Music Store launches. Users are now able to download songs and albums legally on their computers and place them on mobile devices.

Later, books, TV shows, movies, and apps were added to the iTunes Store.

Jan. 9, 2007

Apple Computer, Inc. becomes Apple, Inc. since the company was no longer focused solely on computers.

June 29, 2007


The first iPhone goes on sale. Since then, sales for Apple’s smartphone have increased each year.

July 10, 2008

The App Store opens, offering third-party developers a way to sell their products for use on the iPhone/iPod touch, and eventually, the iPad.

April 3, 2010


The first-generation iPad is launched in the U.S. Apple would sell 500,000 units before the end of the first week.

Oct. 5, 2011

At 56, Jobs dies. In August, he had resigned as Apple CEO and was replaced by Tim Cook.

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