Published On: Aug 25 2011 10:45:37 AM CDTUpdated On: Apr 01 2016 09:21:11 AM CDT
With Apple marking the 40th anniversary of its founding on Friday, take a look back at some of the products that have defined the company and changed the way we live.
Apple I (1976) -- Apple's first product was a computer for hobbyists and engineers, made in small numbers. Steve Wozniak designed it, while Steve Jobs orchestrated the funding and handled the marketing.
Apple II (1977) -- One of the first successful personal computers, the Apple II was designed as a mass-market product rather than something for engineers or enthusiasts. The product line continued until 1993.
Lisa (1983) -- Jobs' visit to Xerox Corp.'s research center in Palo Alto inspired him to start work on the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface, with icons, windows and a cursor controlled by a mouse.
Macintosh (1984) -- Like the Lisa, the Macintosh had a graphical user interface. It was also cheaper and faster and had the backing of a large advertising campaign behind it.
NeXT Computer (1988) -- After being forced out of Apple, Jobs started a company that built a powerful workstation computer. The world's first Web browser was created on one. Its software also lives on as the basis for today's Macintosh and iPhone operating system.
Macintosh Portable (1989) -- Apple's first battery-powered portable Macintosh personal computer was released in September 1989 with a price tag of more than $7,000. It was met with great excitement upon release, but proved to ultimately be too expensive and heavy to be a true success and was discontinued after about a month on the market. While it didn't last, its clamshell design has featured prominently in every Apple laptop since.
PowerBook 100 (1991) -- Two years after the Macintosh Portable, Apple introduced its first real laptop. At an introductory price of $2,300 (cut to just $1,000 the following year), the PowerBook 100 was lightweight and proved that the company could produce a marketable portable computer.
Apple Newton MessagePad (1993) -- John Sculley, the CEO of Apple in the early '90s, coined the phrase Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) to describe the Newton MessagePad. The handheld device featured an ARM 610 processor ambling along at 20MHz, 640K of RAM and a 336 x 240 display. Despite proving to be a financial flop before being discontinued in February 1998, the device helped mark the beginning of the PDA era and paved the way for the iPhone and the iPad.
iMac (1998) -- The radical iMac was the first step in reversing Apple's slide when Jobs returned. Easy to set up, it was strikingly designed as a bubble of blue plastic that enclosed both the monitor and the computer.
iPod (2001) -- Apple's expansion into portable electronics has had vast ramifications. The iPod's success prepared the way for the iTunes music store and the iPhone.
iTunes Store (2003) -- The iTunes store simplified buying digital music and brought together tracks from all the major labels. The store became the largest music retailer in the U.S. in 2008.
Mac Mini (2005) -- This small form desktop computer was the first consumer-level Macintosh desktop to ship without a display, keyboard or mouse since Apple's success with the iMac. The $499 entry-level device was marketed by Apple as a BYODKM (Bring Your Own Display, Keyboard, and Mouse) computer perfect for those switching from a traditional personal computer to a Mac.
MacBook Pro (2006) -- Replacing the company's PowerBook G4 and now Apple's flagship laptop, the initial version was praised for doubling or tripling the speed of its predecessor in some areas, mostly thanks to its Intel Core Duo processor. Now in its third generation, newly updated versions of the laptop were introduced in 13- and 15-inch models in 2015.
iPhone (2007) -- The iPhone did for the phone experience what the Macintosh did for personal computing -- it made the power of a smartphone easy to harness.
Apple TV (2007) -- This digital media player allows consumers to use an HDTV and Wi-Fi to stream video, view photos and play music. The initial version of Apple TV offered iTunes, Flickr, MobileMe/.Mac and YouTube, with future generations adding compatibility with Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services.
MacBook Air (2008) -- First introduced as a premium version of Apple's lower-cost MacBook, the Air version is now the company's entry-level laptop, just below the larger MacBook Pro. When Steve Jobs first introduced the MacBook Air, he proudly described it as the "world's thinnest notebook" while also maintaining a full-size keyboard and 13-inch display. Its thin design helped usher in an age of ultralight notebook computers.
iPad (2010) -- Dozens of companies, including Apple, had created tablet computers before the iPad, but none caught on. The iPad finally cracked the code, creating a whole new category of computer practically by itself.
iPad Mini (2012) -- The smaller version of the iPad was originally 53 percent lighter than its larger cousin, weighing about as much as a pad of paper. The mini, which is now in its fourth generation, features a 7.9-inch screen, which is one-third smaller overall than the full-size iPad, and weighs less than a pound.
iPad Air (2013) -- The fifth generation of Apple's market-leading tablet weighs just 1 pound and is fractions of an inch thinner and narrower. It also pack the same A7 processing chip in the new iPhone 5S, making it 72 times faster than the original iPad.
Apple Watch (2014) -- Apple unveiled its first wearable device with the Apple Watch. The smartwatch features a sapphire screen, magnetic charger, health and fitness apps and a crown that controls zoom and scrolling with a twist. Oh, and it tells time, too.
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