Happy 30th, Apple!

The company that brought us the Apple II, Macintosh, iPod and other notable technology products marked three decades of business over the weekend. Apple Computers celebrated the 30th anniversary of the day that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak filed partnership papers to detail their plans to build and sell personal computers on April 1.

Jobs and Woz had been friends since the early 1970s. After both dropped out of college (a recurring theme among the IT greats), they started tinkering around with technology in a garage. Their first product, the Apple I, was little more that a motherboard in a wooden box, the natural result of its environs. Although only about 200 Apple I computers were sold, it did raise the young company’s profile and contribute to the success of the follow-up Apple II microcomputer in 1977. The “two Steves” brought their own skills and style to the partnership—Jobs being the business savvy one with the ability to raise funds and generate interest, and Woz being the techie whiz who actually put the computers together.

Apple’s momentum was sustained well into the 1980s and early 1990s. Although it faced strong competition from PC provider IBM, which had started using MS-DOS from a young company called Microsoft with its computers, it did reasonably well with offerings such as the Macintosh (with its then-novel graphical user interface) and the System 7 operating system (OS). However, perhaps the most memorable release during this era for the company was not a technology…



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