Today marks the anniversary of the founding of one of the most influential companies in the tech industry. On April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne founded Apple Computer Company in Cupertino, California.
The company started in the garage of Jobs’ parents’ house, with Wozniak working on developing the Apple I computer while Jobs focused on marketing and sales. The Apple I was released later that year and was the first personal computer to be sold fully assembled, rather than as a kit for users to build themselves.
Apple quickly became a major player in the personal computer market, and the company’s products and innovations have had a significant impact on technology and culture. The company’s Macintosh line of computers, released in 1984, introduced the graphical user interface (GUI) that is now ubiquitous in computing.
In addition to computers, Apple is also known for its mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad, as well as software and services such as iTunes, the App Store, and iCloud.
Today, Apple is one of the largest and most valuable companies in the world, with a market capitalization of over $2 trillion. The company continues to innovate and release new products, with the recent launch of the Apple Watch and AirPods Max headphones.
While Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, Apple’s legacy continues to shape the tech industry and impact our daily lives.