6 Oct 2011



1. Apple I (1976): Home computing

The Apple-1 had only 8k of memory and was sold by the Apple boss from his parents garage in California in 1976. The machine sold for $666 then - an early model sold recently for £133,000 at Christies in London
The Apple-1 had only 8k of memory and was sold by the Apple boss from his parents garage in California in 1976. The machine sold for $666 then - an early model sold recently for £133,000 at Christies in London

2. Apple II (1977): Mass-market PC

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs introduces the new Apple II in Cupertino
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs introduces the new Apple II in Cupertino

3. Apple 1984: The 'graphical' PC 

The 1984 Apple MacIntosh launched with a Superbowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott. The hit 'graphical' computer continued to sell well into the Eighties
The 1984 Apple MacIntosh launched with a Superbowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott. The hit 'graphical' computer continued to sell well into the Eighties


4. Pixar (1986): Digital Effects

After leaving Apple, Jobs founded Pixar - and helped launch the era of digital effects in films. Jobs had left by the time hits such as Toy Story came out, but was behind the early successes of the company
After leaving Apple, Jobs founded Pixar - and helped launch the era of digital effects in films. Jobs had left by the time hits such as Toy Story came out, but was behind the early successes of the company


5. NEXT (1989): Dawn of the web

After being pushed aside in 1985 by Apple's board of directors, Jobs founded NeXT, a computer platform development company - its computers offered the first web browsers
After being pushed aside in 1985 by Apple's board of directors, Jobs founded NeXT, a computer platform development company - its computers offered the first web browsers


During the low point of the NEXT years, Fortune magazine described Jobs as either a 'visionary' or 'a snake oil salesman'
During the low point of the NEXT years, Fortune magazine described Jobs as either a 'visionary' or 'a snake oil salesman'

6. Apple iMac (1998): 'Lifestyle PCs' 

The colourful iMac - the design team 'got inspiration' by going to a sweet factory - heralded Jobs's return to Apple
The colourful iMac - the design team 'got inspiration' by going to a sweet factory - heralded Jobs's return to Apple


7. iPod (2001): Digital music

The first-generation iPod offered a mere 5Gb of memory - smaller than even the cheapest iPhone model today
The first-generation iPod offered a mere 5Gb of memory - smaller than even the cheapest iPhone model today


8. iTunes Store (2003): The download era

The launch of iTunes store was a new era for media - turning Apple into the biggest music company on Earth
The launch of iTunes store was a new era for media - turning Apple into the biggest music company on Earth

9. iPhone (2007): Smartphones

Companies such as Sony Ericsson had touchscreen phones on the market before the 2007 launch of iPhone - but iPhone conquered the market
Companies such as Sony Ericsson had touchscreen phones on the market before the 2007 launch of iPhone - but iPhone conquered the market


10. iPad (2010): The post-PC era

Apple's iPad ushered in a new era of slim touchscreen devices - now being copied by every computer manufacturer on Earth
Apple's iPad ushered in a new era of slim touchscreen devices - now being copied by every computer manufacturer on Earth
 
Apple computers - a timeline
Apple computers - a timeline

Some that didn't work quite so well...


Every genius has his 'off' days - and some of Steve Jobs's most recognisable products weren't QUITE as successful as the others... 


The 'puck' mouse
G4 cube
The puck mouse for Apple's iMac computer looked pretty, but was almost unusable - and the G4 Cube was prone to overheating and unpopular with fans, despite walking off with design awards


Few people know this, but iPhone was not the first 'iTunes phone' - this monstrosity was. A partnership with Motorola, the ROKR worked with iTunes, but was far too fiddly
Few people know this, but iPhone was not the first 'iTunes phone' - this monstrosity was. A partnership with Motorola, the ROKR worked with iTunes, but was far too fiddly


SOURCE: Daily Mail

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