On April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne launced Apple with the Apple I personal computer. There was not much more to this computer than a motherboard (you supplied the rest). Its first real success came with the Apple II in 1977. The Lisa followed in 1983 and was a commercial failure but it did introduce Apple’s graphical user interface. Apple’s story since then has been a real rollercoaster with successes like the Mac in 1984 and the iPod in 2001 as well as failures like the Newton in 1993.
While it has come to the brink of extinction a number of times, Apple has bounced back and no one can deny its influence on the world of consumer electronics.
Happy birthday, Apple!