On this day, nearly four decades ago, a tiny company was incorporated. Today, it has become one of the world’s most admired and valuable companies. Fanboys would know. I’m talking about Apple Inc. [Tweet This]
Today marks the Anniversary of the incorporation of Apple Computer, Inc. On January 3, 1977, the company was incorporated. The company was founded on 1 April 1976 though. We don’t cover Apple as a company. But hey, it’s fun to take a look back and feel amazed at times! Here is brief look at some of the landmarks from Apple’s journey of ups and downs.
On January 3, 1977 it was incorporated as Apple Computer, Inc.
And later, on January 9, 2007 it was renamed to Apple Inc.
The company’s first major product breakthrough came with the Apple II, invented by Wozniak, which was introduced on April 16, 1977. The Apple II series was later seen as one of the first successful mass-produced microcomputer products.
Apple goes Public
On December 12, 1980, Apple went public at a share price of $22/share. The stock currently has a value of around $553/share.
“1984” Super Bowl Ad
On January 22, 1984 announced the debut of it new Macintosh computer through its famous television commercial “1984”. The $1.5 million Ad was directed by Ridley Scott and was aired during the 3rd quarter of Super Bowl XVIII.
Steve Job Resigns
In 1985, after a power struggle between Steve Jobs and then CEO John Sculley, who was hired by Jobs, Steve Jobs resigns from Apple and founded NeXT Inc.
Steve Jobs on board Apple, with NeXT acquisition
In 1996, then CEO Gil Amelio acquired NeXT and its NeXTSTEP OS, getting Steve Jobs on board Apple as an advisor. And on July 9, 1997, Gil Amelio was ousted by the board of directors and Steve Jobs becomes the interim CEO.
On October 23, 2001 Apple launched the iPod, its revolutionary portable digital audio player, the product changed the way we listened to music and went on to sell over 100 million units within six years.
On January 9, 2007 at the Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs launched yet another revolutionary device, the iPhone. The event also witnessed the renaming of Apple Computer, Inc. to Apple Inc.
On January 27, 2010 apple announced its much rumored large screen, tablet device, the iPad on. The device that went on to set the benchmark for tablet devices.
Steve Jobs resignation & death
On August 24, 2011, Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple and was replaced by Tim Cook. Jobs became Apple’s chairman. On October 5, 2011 Apple announced that Steve Jobs had died, leaving behind the legacy of a great visionary.
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